A question I’ve always asked myself is, “what if my future 9-5 job consumes my life?” or, “what if the busy-work of a full-time career rearranges the important priorities in my life?” After my trip to Denver, I can rest assured that my fiancée and I, as well as our future family, will be able to live a life devoted to Christ without the expectations of an American dream clouding our priorities.
Our Trip to Denver
My church, Taylor Road Baptist Church sent a group of around 25 people to Denver Colorado. At the end of July, we went to help a church plant that we, as a church, support. My fiancée, Olivia, and I were a part of that team. Throughout the week, we hosted a sports-camp with Journeymen Church at Crescent Park for the children of the neighborhood. This sports-camp not only allowed us as a body of believers to play to our strengths as former or current high school and college athletes, but to share the love of Christ in a fun way to a city that is otherwise turned off to the Christian faith.
Our week consisted of sports like wiffleball, soccer, flag football, and ultimate frisbee in the mornings. In the afternoon we did street-evangelism and prayer-walking. We also had many attendee-led devotions spread throughout the early mornings and nights. We hosted a block party for all who came to the sports-camp and any residence of the neighborhood. This was an amazing way to see how God can multiply the attendance of 3 kids on the first day to 20+ children and their families at the end of the week.
Seeing God Move
The first day of low attendance could have been discouraging to us. However, with the constant mentality of God providing us the people He needed us to witness to, we held fast to our confidence in His will and not our own. God worked through the small numbers He provided us as we talked to people in the neighborhood and the 3 children invited friends. We know that Journey Church’s efforts will inevitably reach out to the surrounding neighborhoods and cities and we have faith that God’s power can reach out to the whole state of Colorado. His Spirit is working in the hearts of a spiritually dead society.
How Dogwood Made this Possible
Working at Dogwood, I’m beyond blessed with the flexibility to prioritize mission work in my life, as well as the life of my future wife, Olivia Tompkins, and our future family. With advanced notice, Dogwood allows for the paid time off needed for things including time with the family and week-long mission trips, and for that, I’m forever grateful. I’m blessed to work for a company that puts faith and family first.
Mason no longer worries about if his career will skew his priorities away from his faith or family. He doesn’t have to worry about these things because Dogwood holds the same priorities. Faith and family come first; people come first. That’s the heart of Dogwood, and it’s this heart that we’re able to put into everything we do. It’s what sets us apart.