From a distinguished career to an ordinary servant of God.
I grew up as the oldest sibling in a Christian family of 10 - assuming very early the role of a leader. Later I learned the solid trade of Jesus Christ and then pursued a career as an engineer. Years of managing all over Europe the construction of exhibition booths for the big players in the automotive and mobile phone industry ended abruptly, when the financial crisis reached Germany in 2009. A simple backpacking trip to South-America resulted in living in Argentina and later in Colombia, where I started my life from zero and learned languages number 3 and 4.
I changed the industry and worked my way up from a travel agent to managing more than 50 offices of the franchise network of the largest German airline. Personal assistant, traveling more than 100 000 km per year and earning a big salary. Walking in high circles and a reception with a president. In short I achieved every worldly success one could dream of before the age of 40.
The cost was high. Very high. The only matter that saved me from a burnout was the obedience to the Weekly Sabbath. Literally. But God had other plans - to bring me out of this worldly hamster wheel.
Everything changed in 2017 with the move to Canada and my baptism after all those years of being a 'nominal' Christian, who thought that baptism was optional for future salvation. Dramatically. I worked for some years as project manager and had the privilege to lead the construction of a new church campus, before I started this ministry full-time in 2019.
The seed for the ministry was already planted in 2012 in Colombia, where the first study had been requested by a local church. What continued years later with a Christian Blog, progressed to extensive collections of Christian books, movies and music, and ultimately bore fruit in more than 65 independent Bible studies I now conduct under the constant inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The INSTE Bible College helped me to learn the basics of theology and Bible studies. More information on my methodology is found HERE.
The rest is history - all perfectly visible through this website - created in thousands of hours of mostly joyful 'work' and provided to you for free. I now 'work' 20-30 hours per week for this ministry and 30 hours as a finishing carpenter building furniture. Going back to the roots and doing the profession of Jesus in the style of Paul - a move of God I would have never expected. I am more content than ever, working in a small shop just outside Vancouver, owned by two Christian brothers. No more permanent availability and responsibility while pursuing a worldy career, but an occupation where I can simultaneously build a very solid foundation for my teaching to others, by listening every day for hours to the Bible, podcasts, books and sermons. A job without sleepless nights, but instead allowing a mental focus on ministry.
No more worldly pride & career, but humility, joy & dedication.
God is good. His wisdom is so much greater.
Thomas Lorenz · email@example.com