Samaritan Ministries International
Before coming to Olivet, I had a plan for my life. I knew where my passions were and where I could thrive, but as I quickly learned, the Lord sometimes has different plans for our lives that are greater and far better than our own.
I have always been someone who has loved learning about other people. Each person’s life story is so uniquely different from the next. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. When I came to Olivet, I decided to focus my studies in marketing, nonprofit management, and intercultural studies. To me, this was the path to something great.
As I moved through my years at Olivet, I started to realize that ultimately the Lord had a greater plan for me. I found new passions for ministry while I served as the Spiritual Life Administrative Assistant where I was able to build intentional relationships with student ministry leaders and help to coordinate the festival of ministries. It made me realize that I wanted to find a career where business and ministry could work hand in hand.
When it came time for me to start the job search process, I attended one of Olivet’s career fairs. At this point, I still had it in my mind that I knew what type of job I would land after graduation. Here I first learned of Samaritan Ministries International, an organization that focuses on delivering health care with a Christ-centered focus. Their mission intrigued me, so I picked up a brochure thinking it would be a good backup plan if “my plans” didn’t work out. Flash forward a couple of months, and I found that brochure again and decided to see what positions were open. I found one in HR that I thought looked interesting and, while HR was never on my radar, I applied. At first, I didn’t see what God was doing, but His plans are good and he quickly shut every other door that I was trying to open. He made it clear that Samaritan was where I was supposed to be.
I will be celebrating five years at Samaritan this summer and it has been a wonderful journey. I now have the opportunity to sit down every day to help others find their passions and purpose as they go through the interview process at Samaritan. The best part of my job is that while it is business-focused, I get to incorporate ministry into each conversation. In these moments, I get to see all that God has done in each candidate’s life. It has been even more essential for us to do this in the last few years because so many people have gone through so much. Through all of that my hope is to help them see that God has not forgotten about them and that He was good then even through the hard times and He is still good and will always be a good God.
To anyone who is looking to make an impact, know that you are already in a position of influence. You don’t have to be in a certain role, company, or at a certain point in your life because it takes everyone coming together using the unique talents and gifts that the Lord has given us to impact those around us.