A Place For All Gifts

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By: Elizabeth Krump.

When I made the adult decision to follow Christ with all my heart in my second year at SFU, the focus of my recreational time shifted significantly. The newfound zeal I discovered for sharing my faith motivated me to seize every opportunity to be involved with the Church. I began running a women’s ministry with a close friend and was invited to lead the CCO Student Executive on campus. Thirsty for more depth, my evenings filled up with retreats, faith talks and long coffee chats over topics like Theology of the Body. While I knew that my extra-curriculars were helping me grow in leadership and self-awareness, I was concerned that I was pigeon-holing myself, and not exactly setting myself up for a job in the corporate working world.  In my last year of university, I set out to prove that I still had what it took to be successful in my field as a communications professional.

That summer, I was provided with my dream opportunity: a marketing co-op position with a not-for-profit in downtown Vancouver. I had no personal connections to the organization, and I knew that they had hired me on good faith that I was the right fit for the job. Around this time, I also met with one of the CCO missionaries from SFU to discuss my post-grad plans. “What about working for CCO?” she asked me. I shrugged off her comments, confessing, “I love what I study. I love communications. Campus ministry is just not the right fit. I want to use my gifts!”  She chuckled, “You know you could work at the office, right?”

 

When I look back, I realize a seed had been planted. The opportunity to connect my passions with helping others know Christ was highly attractive. While I continued to work in what I thought was my ideal job, I began to experience a desire to commit my life to a greater purpose. I couldn’t escape the nagging feeling that God wanted more from me. For two months after my classes ended, I took a break from the job search to discover where God was calling me.

That’s when I learned that one of the long-term leaders of the movement was looking for an assistant, in my home city, Vancouver. The position would involve skills such as writing, event planning and administration. This was exactly what I was looking for. At first, a friend on staff hesitantly inquired if I would be interested.  It almost sounded too good to be true. By the time I went through the process of applying and interviewing for the role, I was convinced that I was in no way ‘settling’ in my career by working for CCO. Instead, every day I get to enable our campus missionaries to share the joy of the Gospel on campuses across this country. I hear them share stories of conversion, and am convicted that evangelization is the most important work in the world!

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In Romans 12:4-6 Paul says, “For as in one body we have many parts, and all parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given us, let us exercise them.” In CCO, I have discovered there is a place for all gifts to be used for God’s glory, including my own. I continue to be amazed by the professionalism of the movement, the formation I am receiving, and the unparalleled joy I experience daily, knowing that my work is allowing others to be introduced into a life-giving relationship with Christ!

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