Say hello to Francois Cardinal.
He’s our big dreamer, our decision maker, our greatest fundraiser, and our wizard behind the curtain. And this year, he’s celebrating his TENTH year at Stand in the Gap. (Read about him in this month’s Tulsa People.)
Francois is dedicated to making sure that his staff is equipped, that his Board of Directors is heard, and most of all, that orphans, widows, and prisoners in Oklahoma and around the country find hope through Stand in the Gap. Click on to get to know Francois a little better.
Click to read 11 things to know about Francois.
Raising 3 children (now young adults) and maintaining a strong marriage while having a close-knit family. Cell phones and social media have added many layers of complexity to child raising and it's just not easy in the culture that we live in. I'm grateful to my wife who is my best friend and has done a lot of the heavy lifting. I'm grateful to have good kids and our family is close knit so these things are all big blessings.
2) Pick one: play a game, watch a movie, read a book
It's a tie between reading and a movie. Reading has gone up and down in seasons but now I read a lot. I just love watching movies, although there aren't as many good movies as there used to be, so that's getting harder to do.
3) Aside from necessities, what is one thing you could not go a day without?
I'm pretty addicted to my 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning.
4) Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled?
Pretty tough to pick as we've been blessed to travel but our experience at Mama Agata's cooking school on the Italian Mediterranean is hard to beat: good people (random group of international travellers), good food and drink, and an amazing setting with incredible views.
5) If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
Take a bigger risk as a young person with limited responsibilities to hold you back. That's a perspective you don't have at the time.
6) Who is your favorite dinner companion?
my wife, Laura
7) Describe your job.
My job is to steward the ministry of Stand in the Gap
8) What is your favorite biblical story about Jesus?
The walking on the water with Peter -- I aspire to have the kind of faith and trust in Jesus to walk on water like Peter did... and maybe stay up? LOL!
9) Did you have a mentor when you were growing up?
not in a formal sense, but I have many individuals who invested in me in some way in different seasons of my life and made a big impact
10) What is the best part of your job?
hearing about and seeing lives that get transformed through the Stand in the Gap small group/spiritual family experience
11) What is the toughest part of your job?
Managing any organization is a significant responsibility and so the weight of that is something that never "goes away." It's a faith journey for sure.