Discipleship in the marketplace
AIM board member Stu
Johnson is getting to do his dream. He
is leaving his executive role and starting several businesses that double as
venues to disciple people. He tells the
story of his coworker, Troy.
Troy Freeman was released from prison in June 2005. We hired
him to work at Wood World based on his wood working experience. He transformed
our business from selling exotic wood to making custom furniture from exotic
wood. I quickly promoted him to a supervisor in our wood shop. He regularly
attended church and after a few months asked to be discipled.
One Sunday he came to me at church and explained that when
he was released from prison he stayed at ‘Half House” in downtown Dallas. He said he could
see the street people who stayed under the bridge on Interstate 35. He asked if
he could use the van to bring them food. I said yes and quickly organized food
bags and he recruited 3 more people to go with him. By now he was about ½ way
through the “Making of a Complete Disciple.”
He has continued that work every Sunday and now goes down
there and brings them to church on Sunday. They also have helped many of them
get jobs, health care and even apartments. When he completed the
discipleship course he came to me and told me he wanted to start his own
company so he could employ more street people. We helped him start Freemen Construction and Freemen Mission.
is now leading two of his employees in discipleship. He is going to preach next