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AK: How did you find Jesus?
JB: My mother was very spiritual and practiced a lot of different religions while I was growing up. Primarily she practiced Catholicism but I also remember attending Baptist church services with her. While in my teens she studied and took classes to convert to Judaism… Needless to say I was exposed to a lot of different religions. When I turned thirteen, she told me that I could decide what religion I wanted to practice. I started going to a non-denominational church… but I was just going through the motions… At age eighteen I decided to re-dedicate my life to God and really dive into to learning and knowing Him. In my early twenties when I started attending a Pentecostal church, it was a total shock. I was questioning a lot of things and praying to God, but was wondering if He was real. I sincerely started desiring the spiritual gifts and asked for the gift of tongues. I started having dreams of speaking in tongues and would wake up with tears. Probably two months after that, a lady prayed for me and God gave me the gift.
AK: What do you do to make a living?
JB: I am in the banking industry. Currently I work for a mortgage company that was recently named one of the top companies to work for in San Diego. My current title is Loan Servicer with a subtitle of Insurance Lead. I work with a wonderful team of about ten insurance reps that oversee and manage the escrow account of approximately 30,000 customers monthly. Simply put I am responsible for making sure that clients' homeowner insurance and taxes are paid. An average day for me consists of a lot of multi-tasking… data entry, trouble shooting and resolving escalated matters from senior management. I am also cross trained in customer service and insurance loss draft. On any given day I may handle calls from clients saying, “I would like to make a payment” to calls where the borrower will state “my house has burned down and I don’t know what to do next.”
AK: What have been the joys of sharing Christ in the marketplace?
JB: People ask me if I can pray for them… and I want to be a good example to them. If they are going through something tough, they know I go to church and want me to intercede for them. That brings me joy. I want to help people and God puts people right in front of me to help. It makes me happy to think that they would even consider asking me. Recently a co-worker discovered some cysts and was very scared that they would be cancerous. So I prayed for her. It was her time of need. I told her that God was aware of everything and that she should put her trust in Him and believe in Him. I could see it brought her peace and the cysts ended up being nothing serious.
AK: What has been difficult about living out your faith in the marketplace?
JB: Everyone is very laid back at my job. Eyes are always on me because they know I believe in Jesus – so I want to live my life in a way that would glorify God. I want my words and my actions to reflect the love of my Savior. There are things that you count loss when you are committed to following Jesus and being a leader in the church because you don’t want to be a stumbling block to those you are called to serve. Sometimes I miss the comforts of those things I’ve counted loss, but in the end I know it will be worth it!
AK: What is your favorite part about giving to support the Kingdom?
JB: I love watching lives change and seeing the difference that my contributions can make for someone. I get really excited about big outreaches like Toys for Joy and I love seeing the smiles on the kids faces when they receive those toys… I love to give my time for the Kingdom too… when I serve in the hospitality ministry at Rock Church it brings me a ton of joy…I love serving God in this capacity and just welcoming people into the house of God.
AK: If you could leave our readers with any nuggets of wisdom from your life experience, what would it be?
JB: I would say that it’s important to note that the Bible does not state that this life will be easy…in fact when you decide to walk with the Lord it can get tough. Sometimes we see those who are not walking with the Lord being promoted or gaining worldly recognition and it can become discouraging or frustrating. Galations 6:9 reads “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”. Be encouraged my brothers and sisters, God is omniscient (all-knowing) and in due time you will reap the harvest for your work.