“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17 Solomon’s timeless wisdom in Proverbs drew marketplace professionals from across North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area Thursday (Jan. 15) for the latest Skybridge Meet-up. (Learn more about upcoming SKB meet-ups.) Some, like engineer Walt Tucker, were seasoned marketplace veterans.
Let's be honest. Most of us in the American church believe that there are those that do "God's work" and then there are those that work "real jobs" and attend church. Of course, those of us with regular jobs have a vital role to play in ministry. We pray, we financially support the pastors, staff members and missionaries, but that is all we really can do. I mean, we have jobs to do and we need to be a good steward of those jobs. When we come home at the end of the day, we need to connect with our families. If we don't have a commitment at church, we are off duty.
I see you there. It's late at night, you're at home for Christmas break and laying in your childhood bed, exhausted from finals week. Graduation is just a year and a half away and you're feeling restless about the future. Sure, college is great, but God has been pouring into you these past few years and showing you what He's all about. Now you're wondering if He might actually want to send you to another country after graduation. But wait, you definitely don't want to be a missionary.
Having a job that requires frequent moves could be something to complain about, but instead Shawn Goodwin* is thankful. Traveling around the United States and moving to Europe has given him “strong opportunities” to meet new people and experience new cultures — all while sharing his faith in Jesus.
Sometimes when we least expect it, we are the most encouraged. This happened to me a few months ago. Not that I did not expect to be encouraged that day, but that the encouragement came from an unlikely source. We had planned a meet-up of local Skybridge members in the Memphis area. These meet-ups are proving to be a success whenever someone on the Skybridge Leadership Team travels to cities where we have a significant population of Skybridge members. Breakfast meetings seem to work best for most of the folks who have a normal daily work schedule.
Whether he’s shooting a wedding, food or high fashion, whenever Brad Smith* is behind the lens of his Nikon D-800, he’s also at the center of God’s will.
Together with his wife, Jill,* Smith runs a hip photography studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. The couple moved there from Atlanta four years ago when they felt God’s call to be “salt and light” among the city’s keenly creative yet thoroughly secular culture.
“The approach isn’t that we’re Christian photographers,” says Smith. “We just do photography and we do it as believers.”