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Christ Among the Contractors
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Christ Among the Contractors

How my work at a construction company reveals Jesus as much as my theology books once did.

It's also my story. Several years after starting out with zero trade experience, I now maintain a backlog of work large enough to keep 30-40 electricians employed, overseeing the annual purchase of millions of dollars worth of materials, assisting with the executive side of project management, and occasionally getting to talk theology with Nelson. And yet, perhaps the greatest thing Nelson has given me is a picture of an embodied Christ—a tradesman crafting a work environment where integrity, human dignity, and empowerment are simply part of the daily grind. On the outside, Lamp Lighters might look like just another construction company where individuals with low-income backgrounds and limited futures cycle in and out. But I know it as much more than that—a catalyst for growth not only for Nelson's employees, but their families, the wider community, and the rust belt beside.

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R V

August 09, 2013  12:40pm

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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