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Kingdom Economics Trumps Global Crisis in Dominican Republic - Jonathan Shibley

“We are not about money, we are about people!” says Carlos Vargas, leader of the Santiago Kingdom Business Network and owner of a timber import export business which employs over 100 people. Carlos’ story is one of true redemption. He was a successful businessman who had made lots of money yet had not found true fulfillment. He had become an alcoholic and womanizer. One day as he was ready to take his own life, he made one last desperate plea to God to reveal Himself. “It was like Jesus shot an arrow through my heart,” he told us while holding back tears. “Jesus met me there that day and my life has never been the same.” Now Carlos has a passion to use his business to glorify God and his influence in the community to impact others.

Two years ago Global Advance planted a seed by conducting the first Marketplace Leadership Conference for entrepreneurs and professionals in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Our team challenged the audience of 200 to get a vision for what God can do through them in the marketplace to impact their nation. Since that time Global Advance has conducted three Marketplace Conferences, sent teams of U.S. business leaders to visit numerous local businesses, and helped to kick start the Santiago Kingdom Business Network (Red de Negocios del Reino).

Says Neftali, a business operator: “This is exactly what our nation needs. It is high time Believers in the marketplace stand up as ambassadors for Christ and take responsibility.” Neftali has experienced prosperity, but is severely affected by the global economic crisis. He runs the free trade manufacturing zone. Three years ago, he employed over 1000 people. Today there are just a few. Despite his current circumstances, however, Neftali is trusting God for provision, seeking alternative business strategies and ministering to other business owners who are struggling. “God has sent me here for an assignment.”

Jeanette owns Optica, a high-end fashion eyewear shop. Her desire is for her store to be “a place of worship” and for her customers to feel the Lord’s presence when they enter. She has a vision to expand to other locations and cities and looks to God for her strength as a single mother and business owner.

Global Advance brought a team of U.S. business leaders who desire to impart some of their talent and experience to the Dominican business leaders. “I love to use my gifts to make a difference” says KB Hill, who is a top salesperson for his company. “My wife and I are asking God to show us ways we can strategically invest our time and resources.”

Robert Allsup, an entrepreneur from Dallas, has adopted the Santiago Kingdom Business Network as a life project and is working as a liaison with Global Advance. The people feel and respond to Robert’s genuine love and concern for them. He’s made numerous trips to Santiago and prays daily for the business leaders by name.

The response on the ground has been nothing short of phenomenal. Several members of the Santiago Kingdom Business Network are already talking about other cities to launch new networks. They meet every two weeks for prayer, exchange of business ideas and encouragement. Global Advance is working with them to develop a Business Institute which will teach both Biblical and practical business practices. Our conference was powerful with almost 250 entrepreneurs and professionals in attendance. Hearts were stirred for using their business to further God’s Kingdom. The group from Dominican Republic gave a generous offering to support our Marketplace Missions conference in Indonesia!

Thank you for your prayers and support of what God is doing in the nations. Stay tuned for more to come!

- Jonathan Shibley, Vice President, Global Advance

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posted by Justin Forman | 12.02.2008 - 7:32 PM


It's great to hear this article an to know that in my country there are people who glorified God in their markeplace. I would like to be in touch with Carlos Vargas and the other people. You can write me to my email.

Martha Dominguez
commented by Anonymous marthagisela, 9:46 AM  

It is a blessing to be inspired by stories like this. Real people with real struggles working to reflect the love of the Kingdom in practice ways. It inspires faith and hope. Business is love and service when it is done properly.
commented by OpenID servantentrepreneur, 7:37 PM  

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