Now that I am home for the summer, I have had the opportunity to start working at Swan Graphics with my parents. It has been such a privilege to finally see first-hand all that they are doing in the lives of the youth in the White Swan community.
My favorite part of the workday is our lunchtime. Typically, either my mom or myself will make lunch for all of the employees, we will eat together in our conference room, and we will do a Bible study together that ends in a time of prayer. We just finished reading the gospel of John and are currently going through the book of Acts. Each employee has their own Bible labeled with their name on it, and each one will take turns reading verses around the table. It has been so special to see the youth interacting with Scripture that they are reading for the first time and investing in daily prayer for needs in their families and the community.
Each employee has a very specific role around Swan Graphics that gives them a sense of responsibility and purpose. One employee specializes in yard work and interior maintenance as well as printing when the orders are heavy. Another employee is extremely detailed and is learning all of the necessary components to our new embroidery machine. Some of our employees who have been here for a few years are excelling in design work in Photoshop or mastering the art of screen printing. Two employees are working together during downtime to get their drivers licenses, and two of our employees will be entering their senior year of high school and beginning to plan for life after high school.
It has been so humbling to see all that the Lord is doing through the investment of my parents in the lives of these youth. The patience, loving attention, and commitment of my mom and dad are speaking volumes into their lives. While this community struggles from hopelessness and loss, Swan Graphics is providing hope and a workplace family.
One of the things that the Lord is teaching me is that something as simple as a t-shirt order is contributing to spreading the hope of the gospel. More orders lead to more hours at work and the need for more employees to add to our family at Swan Graphics. Through daily devotionals, opportune conversations, and living life together, the gospel is being spread, Christ is revealed, and God is renewing the brokenness as He promises.