So, I went on a serving trip to India with a group of new friends from Discovery Church Orlando. On the first day of the trip, during a layover in Dubai, I received an email from a friend at my previous company. He was letting me know that the company I was working for (at the time) had just sent out a voluntary separation offer. I had been with the company since 1997, and had been expecting to be let go at any time because of the changes in the newspaper industry. Although the workload of my team had been slowing down considerably over the past couple of months, I was still surprised by the reality of the email. I wrestled with my impending choice for the first day or two while in Kolkata. Then one morning, during our serving team devotional period, we were asked if there were any situations back home that were distracting us from being able to ‘be in the moment’ and serving. As I shared my news, the words “I really want to take it” came out of my mouth. It wasn’t until that moment I realized that I really did want to take the package. So, in my mind, the wrestling was over. The only question now was; what do I do next?
I did wonder for a little while, but while talking to a team member I realized that God has always given me what I needed to know, when I needed to know it. Because of that, for the next day or so, I didn’t give it much thought. I just concentrated on what we were busy doing while in Kolkata. On Monday morning (Oct 12th, 2015),
The next day we visited an organization (Freeset) that operated as a for profit maker of shirts, bags, backpacks and more. They positioned themselves on the edge of one of the worst Red Light districts in the city in order to help give the people in the area a way out of, or an alternative from the brothels. Then they talked about the other part of their organization that I thought was very moving. They had started a foundation that could take care of their employees if they were not able to make it in to work (usually because they had been abused by a relative or close member of the family). In this way they were able to both give them work (dignity) and help (compassion) when it was needed. I found their organization structure very inspiring. The rest of the day the vision continued to grow into a global vision.
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