I know this is late, but forgive me. Three weeks ago, we had our business as mission class. As many of you know, World Horizons specializes in BAM (Business As Mission). We have art galleries, dance schools, sailing schools and many, many more spread out all over. With these businesses, we’re able to employ locals, plant seeds in the community and eventually lead to church planting. It takes years of course, but it works.
So, the interns have a week long business class with business expert, David Skews and in my opinion a World Horizons legend. He knows how to run a business so naturally, he knew exactly how to teach us some basics. The first day of class, he had us come up with a business we could start overseas. Our mission was by the end of Friday we would have a 10 page presentation breaking down our plan of our businesses financially and everything. My immediate thought for some odd reason was a bakery. David Skews immediately jumped on the idea when I told him over lunch. I like to bake and often do it because my roommates all love cookies. After figuring out where, I settled upon North Africa being the location which I liked because I’ll be there for six months anyway and more research on it wouldn’t hurt.
The bread company was not the best thing though. On Tuesday, right after class, David and I talked about life. It was probably the most encouraging conversation I’ve ever had ad honestly, I really needed to hear it and be reassured on the reasons that I’m here and to pursue things that I want to do in life. The next day, Sam asked to team up with me (NOTE: when he asked, it was early in the morning and I thought the was asking to make bread right then and there. I am often confused in the mornings) ad I happily agreed. You see, I am terrible at math or anything logical. Sam on the other hand flourishes in it, so having him as a business partner for this project was a blessing.
Sam and I spent hours researching everything we could about the bread in North Africa. We added up the costs for the ingredients and rent for a year and supplies to start it off the ground. We even went to the bread store near our apartments and asked him questions. It was an intense project, but I loved it. I loved the challenge and the research.
By the time Friday morning came around, Sam and I were ready. I had prepared bread the night before and was excited about how beautiful and good it looked. I’m not the best speaker in front of audiences, but this time I got it. I didn’t stumble. I just did it. I couldn’t believe it. My knees were shaky the entire time but I did it. And I’m not ashamed to say that I’m proud.
We didn’t win, but it doesn’t matter, our bread company could be very successful. Sam, thanks for being the greatest business partner of all time. David, thank you for your kind words. Since this project, speaking in front of people hasn’t been nearly as hard. I also have made bread several times to perfect it and have become obsessed.