Mission Highlight: Thank you Seng for reminding us once more what the Commissioning Prayers are, and Andrew for sharing about some of the opportunities and challenges that come with working in the built environment industry--architecture, construction, engineering, etc.
Our Commissioning Prayers are a part of a series of our Mission Highlights where once a month, we pray for those working in a specific industry, recognizing that all followers of Jesus are sent wherever we go (John 20:21, John 17:18), including the workplace.
Andrew, as an architect, shared about how with architecture and construction, it is a busy time in San Francisco due to the economic development and huge opportunities. It can be exciting to work with budgets and projects that would not be possible in other cities, but there are challenges as well. With the boom in work, the fast-paced, career-forward approach to work can cause work to be the greatest goal and primary focus, where earning honor, respect and success is paramount. It can be a challenge for non-believers to not let it be an idol. Also, great-budgets and projects are linked to materialistic pursuit, leading to the challenge to maintain perspective on what is important.
There are also the tradespeople who work in construction. San Francisco used to be largely blue-collar, now it is not. Highlighting the burden and economic divide is how tradespeople often need to commute into San Francisco for hours every day. Undocumented workers are a subset of tradespeople that are vulnerable day workers working behind the scenes that are an integral part of how the system works. They exist in a legal gray zone and are taken advantage of by opportunistic business people who are otherwise scrupulous.
Prayer requests for those working in this industry was to not let work become an idol, to fight against materialism, to faithfully do what they do while maintaining perspective on what God says is valuable, and protecting those who are vulnerable. Then those working in the built environment industry stood up, our congregation reached out our hands in prayer, and Seng, an elder, prayed a commissioning prayer, sending them out in Jesus name.
Let us continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the building industry, and also reflect and pray how we are sent wherever we go.