Karey Cruz, Workplace Missionary

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I was originally born in Jamaica, and raised in Florida. Growing up, my parents were Christian so I was introduced to my faith very early in life. I always knew God and believed in God but it wasn’t until my early adulthood that I learned to build a genuine relationship with God, bringing purpose to every other area of my life. I say my title is an Operations Manager for Medical Imaging, but my job is to serve God by serving His people. I make it my mission everyday to shine God’s light through my interaction with any and everyone that I cross paths with.

What are some job titles you’ve held?

I started out in the health field as an X-ray technologist. I later specialized in a field called interventional radiology. I am now the Operations Manager for Medical Imaging.

What industries have you worked in?

In college and my young adulthood, I worked in the serving industry. After graduating from college, I began working in the healthcare field where I currently work.

How old were you when you were baptized?

I was baptized as a newborn initially. After reconnecting with my faith as a young adult, I chose to be baptized again when I was 22 with my then fiancé, now husband.

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

When I began college, I had every intention of being a doctor because I wanted to help people. Two years in, and two failed chemistry’s later, I realized I wasn’t on the track that I was passionate about. I knew I wanted to care for people but knew very little about the variety of healthcare careers that existed. Around this time, I was introduced to the field of radiology. I was intrigued by the diversity of the field and completed my degree shortly after. My clinical program assigned me to AdventHeath (formerly Florida Hospital) in my senior year clinical rotation. This was my first time learning about a faith based hospital. When I walked in and saw the writing in bold “Extending the healing ministry of Christ,” I knew right away this is where I wanted to be. I prayed on it consistently and had a job offer before graduating my program. Almost 7 years later, I serve as a missionary ambassador where I am a resource to provide hope, peace and encouragement to those in need in my workplace.

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

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

There is not one step in my journey to where I am today that wasn’t put in place by the blessing, grace and guidance of the Lord.

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

Jesus is love.

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

Tithing has been the best spiritual investment I’ve made. Though I began reluctantly, trusting and practicing obedience to His word has transformed the way I see finances, resources and material things. I have been more blessed with the 90% than I ever was with 100%. Trusting God and acting on my trust has deepened my faith and turned me into a joyful giver.

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

If I could give my fellow workplace missionaries one tip, it would be to lead with kindness, acceptance and love. People should see God in our words, our actions and in our hearts. THIS is how we bring hope and faith to those in need.

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

I am blessed to work in a faith based hospital that openly acknowledges and encourages faith and prayer. For young Christians entering the workforce, faith based or not, I would say to be bold in your faith. Wear love on your sleeve and in your heart. Treat others the way Jesus has instructed us to unapologetically. We don’t have to quote bible verses to show others God’s love.

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

As we are all human, we fall into the trap of focusing on worldly things from time to time. I have a handful of saved verses that I often refer to to keep me grounded. I try to always have a devotional that I am reading for faith perspective. I also participate in bible studies. My husband is also a Christian and I find that we have become professionals at keeping each other accountable when we fall behind. Having a good support group whether it’s your spouse, friend or a mentor, is a great way to stay connected and accountable.