Last week marked my 1 year anniversary at Samaritan’s Purse. How do I like it you ask? Let me tell you….
I love working at Samaritan’s Purse, specifically here at Operation Christmas Child.
At Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child, we get to do something that no other organization can come close to. We bring the Gospel to millions of children around the world. And we do that every year. Next year over 10 million children will hear the Gospel across the world. Those are just the children. That doesn’t count their family members, or the families impacted here in the US.
In reality, the impact can’t be counted.
All this is done with a staff that really isn’t all that big, especially when you compare us to other organizations. When I look around, I see 3 things that clearly separate us from everyone else.
1. Great Leadership
We have incredible leaders at Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child. I’m talking about humble men and women who love God and live to serve others. You quickly realize that they’re willing to do anything for you. They’re willing to take the long-view and will take a short term loss in order to gain long term effectiveness. That’s not easy to do, but it pays off. The best thing about having great leaders is that greatness tends to trickle down.
2. Great Employees
Since greatness trickles down. We end up having great employees. I’m talking about extremely intelligent and passionate individuals who have a history of organizational excellence while pushing the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Many people think that because we’re a Christian organization it’s easy to get a job here, just be a Christian and it’s yours. Not so! The selection process is extremely rigorous. How do you get a job at Samaritan’s Purse or Operation Christmas Child? I can’t even begin tell you.
3. Great Volunteers
With great leaders and great employees, come great volunteers. If I told you what it takes to become one of our 8,000 plus year round volunteers at Operation Christmas Child in the US, you’d be blown away! You wouldn’t believe that volunteers can take on so much responsibility and push ministry forward in such an incredible way, but it’s true.
Great leaders want great employees. Great employees want great volunteers who won’t settle for anything less than excellence. That’s the secret. Those three things. It’s pretty simple but don’t ever think that simple means easy.