- written by CP Sfaff Report
Orlando, Florida — At a time when many Americans are considering a career change because their field has become unprofitable or is becoming obsolete, Wycliffe Associates, the international organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation announces that many volunteer opportunities are available in Christian ministry.
Ron Rios is one example of how carefully considering a vocational change led to a second career. Formerly a regional sales manager for a major pharmaceutical company, Rios had built a successful career in sales management, overseeing sales forces in three states. But, his growing dissatisfaction with changes in the industry, prompted him to take a one-year sabbatical to rethink his professional life. During that time, Rios was invited to be the guest speaker for a men’s group at Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, where he spoke on the topic, “What Happens When a Man Decides to Worship God.” Rios spoke from the Old Testament passage, 2 Chronicles 20, which describes how King Jehoshaphat diligently sought God for help when Judah was about to be attacked by other nations. He also quoted from 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (niv), telling his audience, “What is God looking for? He wants a heart that is completely His!”
That speaking engagement proved to be a pivotal event for Rios: the men told him they thought he should be in ministry. After devoting much thought and prayer to the idea, Rios decided to enroll at Dallas Theological Seminary as a full-time student. He sold his house within two hours of putting it on the market, and his wife returned to work as a hairstylist. Seeing that Rios was fully committed to his decision, his church gave him a full scholarship. Two years later, Rios graduated with an M.A. in Christian Education and now serves as vice president of recruiting for Wycliffe Associates. For him, saying “no” to God was not an option. He poses this challenge: “Are Christians putting themselves in a place to listen to God? Is their busy schedule keeping them from hearing God speak? What are we doing with the talents God has given us? If we don’t listen to Him, then we will not invest those gifts.”
Those considering a career change are encouraged to visit the “Service Opportunities” link at www.wycliffeassociates.org for more information.