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The Journey of My Mother’s Son
Featuring Dan Clouser
Many Little People, In many Little places
My name is Dan Clouser. I am an author and a speaker. I founded and ran a nonprofit youth sports organization for 30 years called the Berkshire Baseball & Softball Club, which later became the BIG Vision Foundation. We ran teams, tournaments and a 130 acre sports complex. I loved every second of what I did. I loved working with kids and teaching them leadership skills and life lessons through sports and community service. I thought that I would have died doing what I loved.
Then in 2019, I felt a calling from God for my wife and I to leave our comfort zone and start a new journey. A literal journey, selling most of our material things and setting out across this beautiful country in an RV with our golden retriever, Youkilis. Sounds crazy, but it was also destined to happen. You see I was raised by a hippy named Loretta Magary, she was a free spirit who quit her job and embarked on her own journey in the mid-1980’s. Hers started in a 1967 Plymouth Valiant with the back seat removed to make a bed and a .38 Special for protection and later evolved into a 1978 Toyota camper. After she passed away in 2005, we were able to experience a small part of her journey by going through her old photos and letters. The people that she met along the way were amazing. I’ll be conducting coaching workshops for Positive Coaching Alliance on our travels, but more importantly, this is our chance to continue my mother’s legacy. We will tell the stories of the people that we meet along the way. This is truly “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” and as Michael Franti says in the opening verse of his song, “Gloria,” “When many little people in many little places, Do many little things, then the whole world changes.” It will be our job to share and tell the stories of those “Many Little People” through this podcast and my writing. Some of the people that we interview may be famous, most will not be, but they’ll all have a story to tell about the difference they’re making. Some stories will still have a sports theme, others spiritual, some will be about music, others about food, some will talk travel, but all will be about the many little people, in the many little places who are doing the many little things to make the whole world change. We pray that you enjoy them and are inspired to do your own little things to make this world a better place for all of us.
Sometimes God gives us a big vision, even if we really don’t want it.
In this episode of The Journey of my Mother’s Son podcast, I sit down and talk with Pastor Mike Conner, who along with his wife, Vilma is a co-founder of the Dream Center of Southeast Texas. The Dream Center is a faith-based recovery facility located in an old juvenile prison Beaumont, Texas. Mike was involved with the Dream Center of LA and came to Southeastern Texas with a simple plan to start a small ministry with his wife as he prepared for his retirement years. Little did he know that God had bigger plans for he and Vilma, much bigger.
Those plans included entering into a lease with the county for the old juvenile prison that had been sitting dormant for several years. The facility has over 10 acres, 13 buildings, and an incredible vision of making an amazing positive impact on the Beaumont community. Several of the buildings still need a lot of work and investment before they can be used, but Mike’s faith and trust in God to provide is stronger than ever.