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It was March 25, 2009, when we first introduced Vocation Vignettes – short essays by members of our church intended to stimulate theological reflection on our roles as Christian citizens of Chicago. Since then we’ve read thoughtful reflections on being in the medical field, the art world, the academy, engineering, finance, city planning, and being unemployed, just to name a few. There were 44 different vignettes in all! You can still find each one posted at Immanuel’s blog ( Thanks to those who spent time writing and reading these. We hope it was beneficial for everyone.

Today we’re bringing this collective exercise to a close and as we do we wanted to recap and pull it all together. Understanding ‘vocation’ is so crucial to understanding how Immanuel conceives of itself and its mission in this city. And understanding vocation really rests upon a ‘Two Kingdoms’ framework.[*]

I once heard someone summarize this by saying something to the effect of, “The CHURCH does nothing other than proclaim the gospel, but CHRISTIANS do a whole lot more.” The church as institution is to remain focused on Word and Ordinance ministry. At Immanuel we assemble together to worship Christ and remember what he has done for us, not to receive instructions for what we must do to change the world. Therefore, we don’t have official, Immanuel sponsored community development initiatives or programs.

And yet, our desire is to see Chicago and the UIC Area in particular transformed over time. Why? There are many reasons, but mostly because we are being transformed by the love of God in the gospel and now are beginning to have greater love for our neighbors as a result. This love manifests itself in evangelism, but also in a desire for holistic human flourishing. How do we go about promoting this? Through “faithful presence”[†] in our vocations out in the world, primarily! Being a cog in the machine that is Chicago (no political pun intended), no matter how small, may at times seem monotonous or inconsequential but it is actually a dignified calling from God that contributes to the larger good of society. Your ‘job’ is a calling from God!

Our prayer for Immanuel is that “we would live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:2). May his love propel us to love others through our vocations. May we continue to catch an integrated vision for all of life that’s lived to the glory of God. And may Chicago be different as a result!

Hiya! My name is Christy, married to Braden, and my current vocation is as a 6th grade science teacher in CPS. I grew up in the Seattle area, and even though I’ve been in the Midwest for about 8 years now, I still consider myself a transplant!

My primary vocation right now is teaching. After three years working at The Field Museum, I left my job there least year to join a program called Chicago Teaching Fellows. CTF takes unsuspecting optimists, and after about 8 weeks of intensive training, places you in an under-served CPS school for four years. I’m almost done with year one, and am looking forward to next year, when I’ll actually know what I’m doing some of the time!

I’ve always been interested in education (when I was in fourth grade, I wanted to quit school and be a third grade teacher), but for a long time, pictured myself in a more less-formal education setting. Since my main avocations include sustainable agriculture and international development, I always assumed my career would tend towards environmental education overseas. God had other plans, though, and I’m now reconciling being a classroom teacher with my dreams of helping farmers reach sustainability.

As a classroom teacher, I find myself in the unique position to influence adolescents, and hopefully, encourage them to move beyond their neighborhoods. My school is 85% Hispanic, and with that comes a lot of strong cultural influences. There are a lot of really great things that my students bring to the classroom; a sense of family responsibility, a value of education, and deep connection to nationality. However, for my girls especially, the culture of machismo is very influential. I have a bunch of 12 year old girls who feel that the only way they are valued is if they have a ‘man’ connected to them. One of the ways I am trying to love them, and show them God’s freeing love, is by encouraging them to be independent thinkers, and strong women who make good decisions. I also try to teach values of respect and humility to my boys who have been taught that being male gives them the right to treat the girls badly.

I’ve learned a lot in the past year. The main thing is probably that I really don’t know what I’m doing most of the time. I’ve spent a lot of this year flying by the seat of my pants, and hoping for the best. I’ve also learned that God is faithful in times of exhaustion and frustration. I’ve learned that when I stop seeing the sometimes-horrible behavior of my students, and focus on them as trophies of creation, then my ability to love and teach them skyrockets. I’ve learned that even though I teach at a public school, and cannot share my faith openly with my students, God is still working in the lives of my students, and can use me to show them true love and acceptance.

In the end, I love my job, and I love my students. I hope that by my being there, I can show them at least a smidgen of the love God has for them as well.

~ Christy

Hello IBC!

My name is Daniel. My wife, Rachel, and I have been members of Immanuel since December 09’ and living in Chicago since mid July 09’. After getting married in July 08’ we graduated from KansasStateUniversity (Go Cats!) in May 09’, went to East Asia for 6 weeks, then moved to Chicago 3 days later! We are now living in a high-rise apartment located in downtown Chicago, it’s been an eye-opening transition from the flat lands of Kansas! But that’s a story for another time… But in other news God has also blessed us as we are expecting a baby boy in late July/early August!! God has done so many things in our lives in the less than 2 years we have been married and I am excited to see more of His will for us here in Chicago.

Now more about the vocational stuff. I graduated from KSU with a Masters and Bachelors Degree in Architectural Engineering, a degree very different than that of an Architect. This confuses a lot of people but it’s true! In using my degree God has brought me to Chicago to work as an Electrical Engineer for a company downtown called Primera. God has placed a love for the nations (especially East Asia) in my heart and now placed me in a Cuban-American owned company that is the most culturally diverse I have ever seen! I have the wonderful opportunity to work along side people from China, South Korea, Poland, Russia, and more! It is amazing how He displaced me from everything I knew and placed my family now here in this place. It’s a career where I don’t have to sit behind a computer every day, but I get out and around the city fairly frequently and see first hand the work God creates using me.

My official name as seen on my business card is ‘Daniel Matlack LEED APBC&D, EIT’ – it’s a mouthful. Those letters don’t really mean much, but essentially I design the lighting and power systems for small and large commercial buildings like retail stores, hospitals, schools, universities, fire/police stations, industrial facilities, community centers, offices, and even harbors (I’ve done 2 that will be starting construction in/near downtown soon!). Other projects include designing power and lighting for city parks, doing daylight studies, etc… I get to create something as small as a house or as big as a skyscraper on a few flat sheets of white paper that tell the contractors how to build it into a 3D livable/workable space. Even more specifically God has given me both the education and abilities to calculate and model how light reflects within a room with light fixtures and even the sun! Believe it or not what I am able to do with lighting changes the very mood and attitude of people walking/working in a space. I don’t know about you guys, but I think it’s pretty cool!

What else do I love about it? Yes there’s more. I get to work with a variety of people with all different backgrounds and skills of their own. People like architects, engineers, salesmen, building owners and managers, monetarily wealthy, and not-so wealthy people. If I’m really lucky I can even talk to the people who will be working in the spaces I design to meet their needs exactly. I hope to cast the light of Christ onto everyone I meet at every level of my job by (in no specific order): (1) humbly serving them, even if it’s not exactly within my job description, going the extra mile to make their job easier; (2) forgiving them and showing grace, when a contractor/co-worker messes something up or forgets something – do not become angry or bitter as I myself am nowhere near perfect; (3) have joy in my heart as I do His work, I think God makes joy contagious; (4) praying for them daily (almost, just as Nathan said in his sermon…it’s hard sometimes); (5) sharing Christ who is in me with them by talking about my involvement with IBC, His affect on my life, posting verses on note cards in my cubicle.

Well somewhat wordy, but that’s a part of my life in a nutshell.

I’m excited to see where God is taking me and my family in this career and with the IBC family. God bless.

Hi, my name is Crystal. For those new to IBC, I was actually baptized right here at IBC about two years ago. I didn’t grow up a Christian and God in his infinite grace and mercy, opened my eyes and gave me a new life. But that is another story for another time…

Right now, my vocation is being a medical student at UIC College of Medicine. I am past my pre-clinical years so I actually spend a lot of time in the hospital and a lot less time studying. I am graduating medical school in a year and I have decided that I want to pursue a career in obstetrics/gynecology. One issue that I have been struggling with this year and probably in the years to come is abortion.

Here are some basic stats: every year in the U.S, there are 1.3 million abortions, most performed before 12 weeks of life. 10 years after their abortion, at least 70% of women regret their choice. But abortions performed today are relatively safe and only about 1 in 100 women suffer complications. Since Roe v Wade legalized abortion in 1973, more women have sought abortions while significantly less have died from them.

Abortion is an issue that has polarized politics and even the medical profession. Since the time of Hippocrates, there have been codified values that every medical practitioner should follow. They are as follows: 1) autonomy, the patient has the right to refuse or choose their treatment; 2) beneficence, the practitioner should act in the best interest of the patient; 3) non-malfeasance, first do no harm; 4) justice, scarce resources should be distributed equitably; 5) dignity; 6) truthfulness and honesty. Is abortion ethical based on those guidelines? Like several other hot button topics in medicine, there is no clear answer because abortion can be understood to violate some principles while respecting others.

The Bible does not explicitly address the issue of abortion. But Genesis 1:27 clearly states: “So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him, male and female he created them”. God has a plan for all life, even from the moment of conception. In reference to John, Luke 1:14 writes: “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb”. An early Christian treatise, The Didache 2.2 (c. A.D. 85-110) commands, “thou shalt not murder a child by abortion nor kill them when born.” Another non-canonical early Christian text, the Letter of Barnabas 19.5 (c. A.D. 130), said: “You shall not abort a child nor, again, commit infanticide”. It is clear that LIFE is part of God’s awesome plan and the taking of life is SIN, a deviation from God’s perfect plan.

But many of the women who seek abortions deserve our compassion, not our judgment. They are young, destitute and/or victims of abandonment and rape. They have no support system to raise children and many of them make the painful decision to have an abortion. In meeting some of these women, I have repeatedly asked myself: “What right do I have to illegitimize their choices? I will not be the one to raise their unwanted child and I am only forcing these women to resort to back-alley procedures if abortions were banned.”

In struggling with this issue, God has forced me to acknowledge my rebellious heart towards Him. I am distracted by what the medical community defines as ethical but I must be bound by God’s laws. As 1 Cor. 3:19 clearly states: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” Even though I may swear an oath to my profession, my identity comes from my relationship with Christ. A passage that I have been meditating over is Dt. 30:10: “If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, [and] if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul…” It is not a burden to follow God’s commandments but instead a glad acknowledgment that He is a merciful God with a plan to redeem his people. In this specific situation, I must have faith that abortion is not the best way to love these women. By performing an act that is so in violation to God’s plan, we hurt them more than we can hope to help them.

This winter, I will be doing a “trial residency” at UCSF. UCSF has a great OB/GYN program but it is best known for their family planning curriculum (which includes contraceptive counseling, sterilizations, and 1st trimester abortions). Please pray that I will love and serve my patients and follow God in everything that I do.

I’ve been a member of Immanuel for about two years and am grateful to be a part of this community. I am discovering that it is important to surround myself with Christians because on my own it’s very difficult and a struggle for me to live the Christian life.

Currently, I work for MidwesternUniversityMedicalSchool in Downers Grove, IL. We have programs in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Clinical Psychology, Physical Assistant, Podiatry, and Physical Therapy. I serve as an eResources Librarian which means I make sure people are getting access to information they need and want. Also, I manage a portion of the University’s web site. I work pretty closely with faculty and students. Many of our students are awesome and bright. They keep me feeling younger tooJ I’m also learning a ton related to the Health Sciences which is pretty cool.

I have an undergraduate degree in History and a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences. In the role I am in now, it requires me be detail oriented and is pretty technical, so I am always looking for ways in which I can be creative. I believe God designed us as creative beings.

In 2008, I graduated from Harrington College of Design with a degree in Interior Architecture. I love beauty. I love creating beauty and being surrounded by it not in a superficial way, but more so in a real, raw way… (if that makes any sense). I am hoping to venture out and do something with this degree eventually and put it to good use.

I am not 100% sure that God has me where I am right now for his purpose. I am learning to trust in Him. I do know, however, that over the years, God has humbled me, and as a result, I am able to relate to others in a more real and genuine way. I like to appear as if I have it all handled, look good, and am in control, but the truth is I’m not in control as much as I’d like to think I am. It’s really comforting to know that He is and has a plan for all of us. I continue to pray that God will help me and use me to service his purposes.

Thanks for reading…

I’ve always loved stories.

Growing up in Singapore, home-schooled by my missionary parents, I learned to read early and read often.

I’ve always been visual.

I watched every minute of TV, every movie and played every computer game my parents would allow. (They tried to rein me in, tried to keep me reading, I didn’t make it easy on them, bless them.)

Education wasn’t too hard for me.

I pick up concepts quickly; I remember facts and logic always fell into place. I’m not so good with names and dates, but always tested well. Spiritual gift, maybe, should thank my mother’s excellent educational foundation, perhaps, blessing certainly.

So in high school I got myself into a college-level engineering program. I really loved… the people there. Some of the best years of my life, for some reason! And I was good at it: graduated second in my class. Turns out there’s a word for that: salutatorian. Yeah, I wouldn’t have known it either. (Curse you, William McClendon) Did enough math in high school that I never had to take another math class again. And (shame on me) I didn’t.

But I didn’t… enjoy engineering.

So I went to college for art!

Computer graphics: just as spacial, just as geometric, none of that ‘math’ nonsense and nothing collapses on innocent people if I’m goofing off at the computer.

Computer… animation. Do some story telling, why not, in the process. Wasn’t so good at it, not the ‘art’ stuff. Oh the computer was no problem, and I didn’t lack for ideas… just didn’t have that endless drive to create. Too content to view, to read, to play.

I had no trouble graduating (despite World of Warcraft’s best efforts), what I did not have was a portfolio. Ended up… drifting awhile. Unsure.

Cousin invited me to stay with him. Figured there’d be more for me in Chicago than in Richmond, Virginia. No one needs someone with computer skills who thinks spatially to relive the Civil War.

Then my uncle asks me, out of the blue, I do ‘computer things’, right? Well, sure. Need something?

Turns out his company, where my cousin works, a small investment firm, had a graphic designer who was out sick for a long while. Needed someone to help, just once a month, get their performance reporting formatted and out the door to investors and potential clients. I knew some, but not all of the software, and learned the rest on the job. Started part-time as a consultant and was hired, maybe a year later for a full-time position.

You’ll just have to forgive a bit of rambling: I too-easily see the interconnections in things to not start from the beginning. But here, then, is what I do:

Data, you see, is not information. Information is not knowledge. After knowledge comes understanding and wisdom, but those are quite beyond my power. What I do is take data and wrap it in context and present it such that it’s easy to read. Sounds simple, but has been very challenging for me. I’ve learned Adobe InDesign like the back of my hand, I’ve dabbled in typography, and sampled branding. I taught myself XML (convincing the computer that this number, right here, is the December_Return_2009 in all it’s glory) and Excel.

I love my job. I learn new things constantly, no two projects are the same and I feel genuinely helpful.

More importantly: my uncle runs a Christian business. There are prayer meetings every week and everyone is a joy to work with.

It’s not what I hoped to do. It’s not even what I thought might happen. But once again God knew best. My vocation? To communicate, clearly, the complicated.

How I got here? Grace alone.

Hello Immanuel!

My name is Adam and I grew up in Southern Illinois. After high school, I ended up at Moody Bible Institute. I got married after my sophomore year and discontinued my Moody career. My wife is named Amy. Today I am working for our bread and her schooling. We live together in an apartment in West Pilsen.

God has placed me in a scene that I never expected to find myself. Primarily, God has called me as a husband. I am tasked with serving my wife through leading, protecting, and providing for her. Secondarily, God has called me to labor in the hospitality industry. Here, my task is simply to serve and lead others in service.

I work for a company called Berghoff Catering and Restaurant Group. We are a high-end, full-service catering company that serves food and beverage in corporate and private settings. We also operate the Berghoff Restaurant (located in the Loop, our restaurant has been run by the same family since the 1890’s) which serves mostly German inspired foods.

At Berghoff, I hold the position of Event Supervisor. This is my job description:

Upon my arrival at an event space, I am responsible for supervising and leading event setup and breakdown, execution of food and beverage service, communicating with clients, and supervising wait staff.

When I set out writing this essay I planned to tell you about how I serve God at my job by performing spiritual duties in my carnal place of work. Not at all in those words but that was the underlying tone. Then after reading Luther, I realized that it was not about doing holy things at my carnal job, but rather that my detail focused work was holy service to God.

Therefore, this is how I serve God every day. I arrive at the restaurant at about 2:00 PM. I am meeting a truck loaded with equipment and liquor for a wedding. We then pack carts filled with food into the back of the truck. Next, we’ll drive to the venue and unload it all. I delegate who sets up tables and who will spread out linens. Then I set tables with polished silverware and glassware. We fill water glasses and set out plates of butter. While the guests arrive we offer them wine and hors d’oeuvres. I know the ingredients of each appetizer in case it has seafood or nuts. When the guests sit down, my staff offers wine. I lead a team in serving one table at a time, in sweep service (each server carries 2 plates, whole table is served at once and we can serve a hundred people in less than 10 minutes). Then we clear in a similar fashion. After a salad, entrée, and a dessert are served, guests will dance and my staff will begin to break down our kitchen. After the guests leave we will break down the event space and load our equipment onto the truck. Then we drive to our warehouse and unload it all again. We normally finish this around 2:00 AM.

Something that I have always loved is to open my home and share a meal with a friend. Then, when I come to work I get paid to do the same thing. I honestly love my job and enjoy coming to work to take care of people’s needs. My job is to serve food and beverage to our guests, so, obviously I serve people every day. But I also get the chance to work with and love a diverse group of people. Most of our staff is made up of actors, artists, and students. It is the perfect environment to build relationships with coworkers. Loving my coworkers is another facet of my vocational service.

From Dorothy Sayers’s essay, “Why Work?” in Creed or Chaos (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1949):

The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.

…Let the Church remember this: that every maker and worker is called to serve God in his profession or trade – not outside of it. The Apostles complained rightly when they said it was not meant they should leave the word of God and serve tables; their vocation was to preach the word. But the person whose vocation it is to prepare the meals beautifully might with equal justice protest: It is not meant for us to leave the service of our tables to preach the word.

The official Church wastes time and energy, and moreover, commits sacrilege, in demanding that secular workers should neglect their proper vocation in order to do Christian work – by which she means ecclesiastical work. The only Christian work is good work well done. Let the Church see to it that the workers are Christian people and do their work well, as to God: then all the work will be Christian work, whether it is Church embroidery or sewage-farming.

Hey everybody!

My name is Andrew. I was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where my parents served as missionaries (and still are after 27 years). My beautiful wife, Ellan, and I live in Lincoln Park near DePaul, where she attends for her graduate studies in nursing.

I would say my primary vocation is being a husband. This has been a humbling and growing experience for the past few (almost 2!) years. Haha! The instructions for this say, “Tell a little of how you came upon that field,” which sounds funny when thinking about the vocation of being a husband. Anyway, we met in high school while my parents were on furlough. I had culture shock and needed someone to (a) explain why WalMart was open 24 hours, (b) allow me to complain about American fruit, new everything, and plastic everything, and (c) give me rides to school and church events. Ellan was eager for a new experience and had a car… plus she was gorgeous.

My second vocation is being a graduate student. I am attending WheatonCollege for my M.A. in Clinical Psychology. I first became interested in psychology in high school when we had to take a couple of psychology courses as part of the Social Sciences track I was in. For me, being a graduate student has involved an internship (24-26 hours a week), a Teaching Assistantship, research, and classes.

My internship is at Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago, which is part of LaSalleStreetChurch’s ministry. It is a full counseling psychology clinic that is dedicated to the city of Chicago. I see six individual clients and about 23 children in 5 counseling groups. The children are all urban/inner city kids at an after-school program or kids who attend private schools that are eligible for Title I services (for which I do academic counseling).

As a TA, I get to mentor 1st year students in my program through helping them process group therapy and psychodynamic psychology. Plus, I get to hang out with one of my favorite teachers in class and help teach it.

For research, I am currently involved in two projects. One is looking at bullying in the U.S. and Guatemala and comparing it. I will get to present a paper at a conference on this topic. The other is looking at children’s books on bullying to see if what they promote is actually an effective way to cope with bullying.

My classes currently take up the least time since I’m only taking one class. Whew! That feels like a lot.

So, why the field of psychology? From a theological perspective, I believe humans were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26–28). Not everybody agrees on what that means, but I believe that an aspect of it is wholeness in health in addition to holiness. Adam and Eve were able to worship God and live for God… that is what all humans were created for. When sin was introduced into the world, it affected our ability to be holy and live wholly. St. Augustine proposed that humans have a threefold relationship and distinguished between ‘ordered’ and ‘disordered’ loves. When humans’ loves are ‘ordered’, they relate 1st to God, 2nd to their neighbors, 3rd to nature, and 4th to oneself (this last was introduced by another theologian after St. Augustine). After sin was introduced, these loves became ‘disordered’: humans’ relationship with self comes first, and they use God, their neighbors, and nature for self’s purposes. To regain the image of God is to be able to worship God fully and to relate to others, to nature, and self properly.

St. Augustine said, “Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find truth it is the Lord’s.” So, what has been found to be ‘true’ scientifically belongs to God’s Truth. (Not to say that science is not biased.) In my therapy practice, I strive to use treatments that are based on science, that have been shown to improve pathology through research. I believe God works in non-believers through common grace, grace that allows non-believers to act and do ‘good’, which does not necessarily lead to salvation. By God’s common grace through counseling, people (non-believers included) can become less depressed, isolated, or obsessed with dying and move toward more order and wholeness. This would provide a greater opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel, the special love of God.

From a practical standpoint, I find psychology appealing because I feel like it is a mission field in and of itself. There are very few Christians in the secular field of psychology. That said, there is also animosity towards Christians in many departments of psychology. They are not non-Christian, they are anti-Christian. So my dream is to continue my education in a secular field and become an excellent psychologist who is a Christian. Another dream is to work with newer mission-sending countries (for example, Latin America, Nigeria, Korea) and provide mental health (or develop a mental health system) for these countries. A couple of struggles have been relating to my inner-city youth. I’ve encountered a lot of resistance in working with them, being a white male in the group. This has gotten better over time since we dissolved the group; working 1-on-1 has been much easier. Another struggle has been knowing when to say, ‘No’ to things. I feel like I’m a decent graduate student, but sometimes I need to work on my first vocation, being a husband.

Hey, my name is Brandon. I am currently a sophomore Bible major at Moody Bible Institute here in Chicago. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to study His Word at this amazing school and I love it! Upon coming to Chicago, one of my biggest prayers was that God would provide for my education financially if it was His will for me to be at MBI. Two years later, praise the Lord, I am debt free and hope to graduate in 2012 owing nothing financially to MBI. God has more than remained faithful to His calling me to Chicago.

One of the many ways that God has provided for me over my time here is through the provision of jobs. My first semester in Chicago, I took a job at a school-run call center; this was basically a phone sales job in order to raise money for MBI. I called donors and people who had previously given money to MBI and begged them shamelessly to give more; I felt like a beggar child on the streets of Calcutta. My pure, absolute hatred for this job aside, the Lord provided for an entire semester of my education with this job. At the end of the first semester in Fall 2008, God allowed me to get a job as a valet attendant here in the city through an old friend who referred me.

My job as a valet attendant has really allowed me to see God’s hand of provision in my life. Aside from the financial aspects, my average twenty-five plus hours a week spent at this job have proven to be a God-given ministry. I have been able to have several amazing conversations with other employees, share the Gospel, and see God’s involvement in the relationships I have made as a valet attendant.

I remember one instance in particular when one of my managers approached me and said, “Hey, you’re a Moody guy right? I have some questions about Jesus Christ.” I was floored! I hadn’t even brought up a spiritual subject, and God gave me this opportunity out of the blue. For the next thirty minutes I was able to share with my manager the Good News of Jesus Christ and His saving work on the Cross. Although he did not make any sort of decision for Christ, I could tell that he walked away with something to think about. I was grateful to God for this chance to share His Gospel with an unbeliever and began praying for more opportunities to share with people at work.

As a full-time student working twenty-five hours a week, I don’t have a lot of extra time to be involved in extra-curricular ministry activities at the same time. However, I believe that my job as a valet attendant is a ministry and the Lord is using me where I am at in life right now. I am so thankful to God for, not only this amazing job that has paid for my school so far, but also for the ministry opportunities He has given me through it!