I started working in the GE factory when I graduated from high school. I worked there until the day they shut it down, 20 years later. For months, I had been trying to find a job knowing that mine was soon coming to an end. But nothing.
On that last day of work, I went home and wondered how I would provide for my wife and children. Our pastor had been speaking on relying on God for our needs, so I did what he said: I prayed a very simple prayer and asked God to provide a job for me.
The next morning my phone rang. My pastor had called because the janitor at the church was retiring, and they were looking for someone to replace him. They wanted to update some things, which meant more work and a different title: facilities manager, which included helping them work on the janitorial needs for the new building being built. The pay was more than what I was making at the factory. Now that was an answer to prayer!
I’ve been the facilities manager at my church for almost 20 years now. I love that this job is not only an answer to prayer, but I get to serve God and His people. I know my job may not seem like much, but if the bathrooms aren’t clean and things are in disarray, new people won’t want to come back.
My job is simple: make the facilities as welcoming as possible so that everyone who enters feels the presence of God. It’s my life mission. I know that in a small way, my work helps bring people to the Lord. I may not be giving the altar call or teaching a class, but I am working to make every area as comfortable as it can be for the glory of God.