THE JOURNEY OF SURVIVING TO THRIVING
Let’s back up for a moment and I’ll tell you the whole story.
I’d just had my biggest year as a banker, when suddenly, I felt a pull from God to steer away from that comfortable life. If you know me, you know that I’m not the type of person who lets my feelings dictate my theology or how I behave. I’m very intentional and goal-oriented in the way I live. But when God impressed His message upon me, I felt very conscious of how important this pull was.
Still, I didn’t act impulsively. I sought counsel with leaders at my church, and I discussed it with my wife. Deliberating over His message helped me realize what I was feeling inside: It was exuberance. “Wow,” I thought. “God is calling me to do something bigger than myself.”
I didn’t know it yet, but my business experience was going to be crucial to answering His call. In the meantime, I was embarking on spiritual journeys that fulfilled my life outside of work. Because of my incredible team, I was able to entrust them with day-to-day operations of the business, which allowed me to pursue missionary work in other parts of the world.
In 2004, our church made a trip to Bangkok where we collaborated with a pastor who shared our vision. Over a decade of partnership, we were able to launch 30 different churches in the area with 1,500 new believers. Watching this entire process unfold affected me on an emotional level, and I spent a lot of time trying to process what I was feeling. Once again, I sought counsel and spoke with my pastor back at home. “I’m very enthusiastic about missionary work,” I shared with him, “but I’m not a doctor or teacher, and I’m not sure what I have to contribute.”
He reminded me of the knowledge I’d been building. “You know a lot about building a business, don’t you?” He suggested I look into business mission trips, so I started doing research. In 2007, I was invited to Russia for a missionary trip. I went to training in Georgia, completed the training, and ventured out on my first business mission trip. We focused on launching entrepreneurial startups among believers and building His Kingdom through business. I remember thinking, “This is it. This is where God has been leading me.”
This is the story of iBAM.
Our approach is an alternative approach to growing His Kingdom because we have an alternative story. We are building the Kingdom through business.
I’m looking forward to having you join me for this journey. If you’d like to learn more about iBAM, feel free to reach out. You’ll hear from us in the next newsletter, but in the meantime, you can find out more at ibam.org.
Until next time,
Founder and President