Daniel and Jalia admitted that they had never eaten crab when we went out to dinner together. Where do you find crab in Kampala, Uganda? At a Chinese restaurant, of course! Several months ago they traveled to China on business and hopefully their new found tastes served them well.
When you think about the term "vocational ministry" do you think of it in a Western context? How about in an African context? Two of the most entrepreneurial business people I've met are Daniel and Jalia. They are also committed to making their business glorify God and serve the local church.
They met in college. They came to Christ in college. They started their own art business right out of college. Today they employ over 80 Ugandans in a Fair Trade jewelry business. They hold daily Bible studies for their employees (who are not forced to attend -- but many do). They take their employees to church on Sunday, picking them up and taking them home.
Over a dozen of their employees have accepted Christ over the last several years, some of them from animistic and Muslim backgrounds. Daniel and Jalia attribute the conversions to their work place environment. There was a contagious sense of joy among their employees when I visited the factory.
Now they want to start an egg business. There are no eggs in Uganda with yellow yolks. Hens need to eat yellow corn feed if they are going to produce eggs with yellow yolks. Yellow corn is a scarcity in Uganda. So there are no eggs with yellow yolks.
Foreign businessmen and business women complain about the lack of yellow-yolked eggs. So do tourists. Daniel and Jalia have purchased land with buildings that will house enough chickens to create a fair sized production line. Who knows?! It might actually work.
Pray for Daniel and Jalia. Pray for their business ventures. Pray for their employees, that many more would come to know Christ.
(As an aside, I shot a video of a young woman describing her vocational ministry in Uganda with Daniel and Jalia. You can view it on the 18.26 Network site, where I posted it some time ago. Click on the button below. If you view it, please let me know what you think.)
Jud and Jan Lamos have been in global ministry for over 40 years -- not combined years -- but 40 sequential years together. They have lived in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas and now travel extensively to globalize Mission to the World's vision, values and goals. These blogs add special insight into their lives of service.