Is it possible in today’s working climate to share the gospel to fulfill the mission of Jesus to bring God’s kingdom to our world?
After becoming a Christian almost 16 years ago, I was extremely keen to leave my business ‘Fresh Catering’ and to go and work fulltime in the ministry. I was encouraged to study part time Theology, which gave me the opportunity to keep earning an income whilst attending college. For the first 10 years of being a Christian I spent little time in my business and mostly volunteered at Church. I prayed constantly for God to open a fulltime opportunity to work at church. My desire and passion was to serve God in a full time ministry capacity and I pursued it passionately. God was intending me to enter into a full time ministry role however it was nothing like I thought it would look like. Without really trying my company won one of the largest catering contracts in Sydney for catering at the new Museum of Contemporary, which was in itself miraculous.
I had to make the decision whether to stay in business and give up my dream of ministry or to refuse the contract. After praying, I realised that God wanted me to stay in business and to minister in that space. He then opened my eyes to what he was about to do and the extraordinary opportunities that he would provide for me to bring His kingdom into my sphere of influence. The business has grown by 900%. We currently employ over 450 staff and have become the number one caterer in Sydney, focusing mainly in the arts world.
I have a privileged position and been given an extraordinary platform to be able to speak into the lives of countless people. I induct and meet each staff member that commences employment at Fresh where I share my testimony and hand each of them a bible which I encourage them to read as its pages will transform and change their lives. We employ many who are marginalised from goals, from rehabs and some who just lack confidence and through good leadership and employment experience transformation. We currently employ nearly forty Hillsong Bible College students casually who are encouraged to make friendships and share Jesus, where we have seen many come to church. It took me a long time to learn the lesson that we must be in the world to bring change.
I honestly feel as though I am in full time ministry now. I just needed God to open my eyes to see what was in my hand and to fulfill my unique calling in the space that He had chosen. We can easily miss our calling today by dreaming about tomorrow.