Thursday, April 12, 2012

Eternal Impact

Business owner Bill Job may have studied philosophy in college, but a short conversation with him reveals an entrepreneurial and self-made engineering mind in the mold of our founder, R.G. LeTourneau. It was an honor to have Bill visit LeTourneau this week. He came here hoping to find an engineering intern for his composites manufacturing company.

He believes business should have an eternal objective. Yes, profit and job creation are important, but something much more is possible. We call it "eternal impact" in our LETU vision. Bill sees the potential of Christian love demonstrated in workplace relationships to change eternity for those involved. It is his personal story. He became a Christian while serving in the U.S. Navy. As he tells the story, his "drinking buddy" in San Diego eventually led him to a church where he experienced genuine loving relationships he had never known. Relationships in the workplace changed Bill's eternity, and he wants that for others.

This vision led him to China where he was one of the first to create a business that demonstrated Christian principles. This short video shows images of Bill's work there.

Bill's business in China did not escape the worldwide economic collapse of 2008. He told me of the pain of saying goodbye to many of his Chinese workers whom he could no longer employ. God taught Bill in these tough economic times that the love of God continues for his former employees even after Bill can no longer love them in his workplace.

And now Bill is recreating his business in China with a new manufacturing process. That's what brings him to LETU: in hopes of finding engineering students with an interest in applying their LETU ingenuity in China. I have always had a special love for the Chinese people. I am amazed to see what God is doing there. What might God do with Bill's visit to LETU this week?

As you read this, I'm traveling to Seattle where I will meet with LETU alumni and spend time on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. I will have to miss the fun at LETU's 2012 Homecoming events this weekend as we welcome the 50th reunion of the Class of 1962, our "Golden Jackets." Other reunions include those who, over the years, sang in LeTourneau choirs and bands, as well as Tau Kappa Delta, Delta Sigma Psi and Club. There are many activities planned. A complete schedule of events is located here

I hope you will all take a moment to welcome our returning alumni when you see them, and let them know how glad we are that they are returning to their alma mater this weekend.