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Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good by Amy L. Sherman

Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good by Amy L. Sherman

Author:Amy L. Sherman [Sherman, Amy L.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Religion, Christian Life, Professional Growth
ISBN: 9780830869558
Google: 7MsWWxsx1sgC
Amazon: B0067JQHBE
Publisher: IVP Books
Published: 2011-11-17T16:00:00+00:00


BLOOM WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED

REV. DAVIDA CRABTREE

In 1985, Tom Hill's company, Kimray, was experiencing hard times. The Oklahoma City firm, which produces sophisticated control gauges and thermostats for oil and gas companies, was in a bust cycle. This was not unusual in that industry. In fact, several years earlier, Kimray had gone through an even worse time. Hill remembered that recession all too well. Back then, he had allowed the firm to grow too large during a boom cycle, not placing funds in reserve. When the market tanked, the subsequent layoffs he was forced to make were gut wrenching.

This was an experience Hill never wanted to repeat. He vowed then and there to God that he would operate Kimray debt-free in the future. "We put back reserves in good times to carry us over during the lean times," Hill says. "That commitment alone enables us to operate successfully under varied economic climates."' When the bust of 1985 arrived, Hill found himself with a financial reserve but more employees than he had work for. His response was that of a tsaddiq.

Out of his strong commitment to his city and his employees, Hill contacted Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norrick to ask if Kimray could put its employees to work for Oklahoma City. Hill recalls,



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