Joe Richie, Workplace Missionary

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What are some job titles you’ve held?
Sales Associate
Teacher
School Administrator

What industries have you worked in?
Sports Equipment Sales
Education

How old were you when you were baptized?
Teenager

How did a failure set you up to have success being a missionary at work?
You see some of the things you failed at and try to encourage others so they don’t make the same failures.

What’s a Bible verse that you want to share with your fellow workplace missionaries? Why?
“These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Just a reminder that there aren’t as many people openly spreading the word which makes it even more crucial for those who are. Don’t be afraid to be judged by others.

If you could tell the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world one sentence about Jesus, what would it be?
Mark 4:19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

What’s the best spiritual investment you’ve made?
I participated in a desert day a year or so ago. It was very eye-opening and a great experience getting to dig into the word with guys I shared a lot in common with.

What seed planting tip would you share with your fellow workplace missionaries?
Always be welcoming of others. You never know the impact that any one interaction may have on a person.

What would you tell to young Christians who are entering the workforce for the first time?
Work is tough. There are days that you’ll want to quit but you have to remain strong in your faith to get through the tough times. Effort and attitude are life-changing. Find people that share similar beliefs in your workplace.

When you find yourself focusing on worldly things, what do you do to refocus on following Jesus?
I just ask myself what is the purpose of what I’m doing. If the reason isn’t there that makes it easier to refocus.