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Cancun Summit 2013
Business leaders gather at Mexican resort to reflect on how Christ can transform their lives and workplaces

His Way at Work

Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white.  And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  But he did not know what he was saying.  While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”  After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.  They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. (Luke 9: 28-36)

Cancun, Mexico -- Midway through the 2013 Lenten Journey, our Church reads the gospel passage of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountaintop, just prior to the completion of His mission leading to the cross on Calvary. 

Meditating on the message of this passage helps illuminate the approach of a unique ministry called His Way at Work.

“We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors in the mission fields of our workplaces, homes and cities,” said ministry leader Scott Gajewsky.

Scott helped organize the recent Cancun
With Spouses
Many attended the event with their spouses. Marriage renewal is part of the His Way at Work experience.
Summit 2013, where 314 business leaders and their family members recently “climbed to summit” of their own “mountain tops.”

 “The true measure of our success will be reflected in our actions after coming down from the mountain and returning to the valley of daily life,” said Scott.

The more than 300 participants who attended the event, held from January 17 through 19, 2013, at the Gran Caribe Resort in Cancun, Mexico, including business owners and CEOs – 81 of whom attended with their spouses.  Among the group were also 21 priests and several representatives from workplace ministry.  Countries represented, besides Mexico, included the United States, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Argentina, Columbia, Spain, Chile, Guyana, and South Africa.

Scott said the event fostered “greater Christian unity between the many Christian denominations present.”

“Relationships were made, marriages renewed and enriched, and bridges built between countries, denominations and organizations,” said Scott.

Why did so many businessmen and women take time for their jobs to attend?  In a survey of those who participated, 88% responded they were very satisfied with the Summit.  Scott points to the words in the His Way at Work event brochure:

“The overwhelming majority of us work at a frantic pace, seldom resting and continually demanding more of ourselves and of those who work for us. In this race to compete, either among our peers or in a global environment, we may be sacrificing our lives, our families, and our spiritual health…”

The brochure quotes several passages of Scripture (see below) and asks, “How can we complete our work” and live these words?

 -Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

-Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God´s will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

-Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Matthew 22:37-39)

Through participation in prayer and worship activities, including the Catholic Mass, and listening to motivational business and spiritual speakers, Scott explains that His Way at Work events aim to bring business leaders into a relationship with Jesus Christ – a relationship which will in turn be shared with that employer’s employees.

Some of those speakers at the January event included Fr. Luis Garza LC, and business leaders such as: Roberto Servitje Sendra, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company; Bob Pettus, retired chairman of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the largest independent US bottler of Coca-Cola; Alfonso Gonzalez, Chairman and Founder, Qualfon Corp. ; Peter Freissle, President of Polydeck Corp., which provides goods and services to the mining industry worldwide; Fernando Garcia Zalvidea, President of and Real Resorts; and Pablo Jose Barroso, producer of the movie For Greater Glory.

According to Scott, there is the potential from the January event to affect more than 1 million souls through God’s grace, considering the number of people employed by the men and women who came to the 2013 Workplace Summit.

One interesting part of the event was an offsite trip to the City of Joy community, a partnership of charities serving the poor and needy in the Cancun area.  According to Scott, the City of Joy “transforms the lives of more than 7,300 people each year, making it a true oasis of love, hope, peace, and joy.”

Some of those who attended were moved to action immediately following the close of the Summit.  Within minutes of the last presentation, a group of participants launched a plan to integrate faith and Christian principles in their management practice, said Scott.  Nineteen key business, education, ministry and spiritual leaders came together for a short meeting right after the last session on Saturday afternoon to discuss their plans. The group met again this past week on Feb. 27 and 28, 2013.



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