People naturally gravitate to Daniel. We were once at a refugee camp in Uganda with members of the Dinka tribe from South Sudan. The Dinka people are renown for their tall height and they were amazed by Daniel’s stature. They kept coming up to him to see if they were taller. Daniel’s height got their attention, but his loving personality won them over. Many of the Dinka people began calling him the “American Dinka” and welcomed him as one of their own. You’ll want to do the same after reading his interview.
What’s the least and most significant job titles you’ve held?
I’ve worked in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director and associate principal.
Mwalimu…it means teacher in Swahili
What industries have you worked in?
How old were you when you were baptized?
I was baptized at age 11 at Central Baptist Church of Beardan in Knoxville, TN. They were playing the hymn “I have decided to follow Jesus no turning back, no turning back.”
How did a failure setup you up to have success being a missionary at work?
When my strength to control my world continually failed me and I knew I needed help is when the shift happened. I’ve recommitted my life and I’m “All In.” Each day I ask and the Lord provides the daily bread necessary for me to pour out my heart each day to those in my care.
What’s a Bible verse you want to share with your fellow workplace missionaries? Why?
To my fellow missionaries, I tell them about the parable of the lost sheep – “don’t give up on them”.
“He told them this parable. ‘Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.’” Luke 15:3-7 WEB
If you could tell the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world one sentence about Jesus, what would it be?
“Make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:2-5 WEB
What’s the best spiritual investment you’ve made?
By being obedient to his calling for me.
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 WEB
What seed planting tip would you share with your fellow workplace missionaries?
Parable of Salt and Light
“Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house.” Matthew 5:15 WEB
Be the light or opposite of the world and when people recognize you are different because the Holy Spirit is in you. It’s an easy segue to share your faith and invite them to join.
What would you tell to young Christians who are entering the workforce for the first time?
“Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 WEB
No matter your age or position, you can set an example of Christ in your workplace.
When you find yourself focusing on worldly things, what do you do to refocus on following Jesus?
The parable of Treasures in Heaven
“Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 WEB
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