Christine Thomas, Workplace Missionary

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What are some job titles you’ve held?

  • Teacher
  • Key Accounts Administrator
  • Sales Representative
  • Assistant Branch Manager
  • Virtual Administrative Assistant
  • Social Media/Internet Assessor

What industries have you worked in?

  • Banking
  • Scientific Products Distribution
  • Education
  • Marketing Research
  • Plumbing
  • Virtual Assistant

How old were you when you were baptized?

I was baptized as a baby in the Methodist church. Then when I was 13 years old, I reaffirmed my baptism through a confirmation service.

How did a failure set you up to have success being a missionary at work?

I was working at a Scientific Products Distributor as a Key Accounts Administrator. I really wanted to go into Sales but a new manager that I had did not think that was the right fit for me. He did not have much confidence in my abilities. So I began to apply at competitors in our industry and was hired as a sales representative at Krackeler Scientific. The owners of this company were not Christians and my manager was an Agnostic. Through a series of events, I was able to witness on many occasions to my manager. Although I never saw my manager be saved, I definitely think that I was able to plant some seeds with him. In addition, the owners of the company began to let me and fellow sales representatives have time to go to church on Sunday mornings when we were out of town at sales meetings. In the past, those sales meetings were held throughout an entire weekend (including Sunday mornings).

What’s a Bible verse that you want to share with your fellow workplace missionaries? Why?

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” This is my favorite bible verse. I use it often to witness to others telling them that you don’t have to understand everything or have a plan for everything. If you just trust in the Lord and his ways, He will direct you as to what you need to do in life.

If you could tell the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world one sentence about Jesus, what would it be?

Jesus loved all people no matter what their position was in society.

What’s the best spiritual investment you’ve made?

Daily bible study and prayer.

What seed planting tip would you share with your fellow workplace missionaries?

You don’t need to push your Christianity on anyone. Just live your life like God directs you to (let co-workers see you read your bible on your break, pray before you eat your lunch, etc.) and people around you will notice the difference in you. Eventually, many will begin to ask you questions about why you handle things differently than others. This will give you an opportunity to share your testimony with them.

What would you tell young Christians who are entering the workforce for the first time?

You will encounter many non-Christians in the workforce. Some of them may be a bad influence on your Christian beliefs. Be sure to stay rooted in your bible and prayer life so that these bad influences will not distract you from what God wants you to do. You can be successful and be a Christian in the business world!

When you find yourself focusing on worldly things, what do you do to refocus on following Jesus?

When worldly things come creeping into my life, I try to refocus my mind to what is important by worshiping God through listening to and singing Christian music. Worshiping can only bring you closer to God and his authority over the world.