"Business as usual, booming or challenging, finding work, losing or drowning in it, discovering ideas, sharing or abandoning them, getting on with your colleagues or clashing with them? Have we got a deal for you! St Paul’s Marketplace Group
has found chatting and praying together can often be helpful, sometimes extraordinary and occasionally miraculous.
At 6.30pm on the third Monday of each month all manner of industries, trades, professions and disciplines are represented over a meal at the Cruickshank’s home in Remuera. Guest speakers share their knowledge and experience at one meeting in three. Everyone tells their current business stories at others, culminating in a special Christmas gathering.
Business success comes in many guises but so often God’s timing seems to be the key. One such story is yet to have an entirely happy ending but it is a continuing saga of God’s interest in our businesses as well as every other part of our lives.
On the eve of spending tens of thousands on new equipment for business growth, a couple decided to abandon their plans after praying with the group and receiving their corporate (and Godly) wisdom. In ensuing months, advancing technology threw their industry into disarray, rendering such equipment obsolete and their decision entirely correct. Proceeding with the purchase would have been catastrophic for the family and the business.
So changed was the industry they even tried to sell their old machinery but for months there were no takers at any price. Out of the blue a missionary organisation in Sri Lanka heard about the equipment, spoke to our faithful but anxious couple, arranged a sponsor to transport the huge machine and are now prospering from the output. Just a few weeks after that, another SPMG member travelling in America met this generous sponsor at a completely unrelated gathering and together they could marvel at this divine ‘coincidence’. God knew: the key was their strength to share the story, ask for prayer and then be guided by the collective wisdom.
Only God knows the end from the beginning. We don’t know what the next episode will be for this couple or anyone in business, we can but do our homework, play our part and discuss options with like-minded people. What God can bring to the equation is the over-arching theme of SPMG meetings. The twists and turns in each person’s working walk are helpful, varied and interesting. Support, prayer, feedback and encouragement at and between meetings are on offer. You are most welcome.
By Jan Halstead - St Paul's Marketplace Group
Published in SPREAD magazine . issue four