Often, we feel God’s call to do something big for His glory.  At times, that calling may feel overwhelming to us.  We want to do His Will, but we may not know how and when. In this episode of Victory Groove, hear how Chris Field, a U.S. citizen, had the boldness, faith, and confidence to fight child trafficking in Ghana, Africa after reading about the horrendous problem there.  The Mercy Project was born out of a need to take action to address this critical human condition. 

Lessons explored in this episode: 

  • Knowing God is involved smooths our life’s journey.   
  • Roots and rocks will always appear in our daily walk. 
  • Our faith, trust in His benevolence, and love helps us move confidently forward in life.  

Chris Field has been challenging complacency and disrupting the status quo most of his life. His most important disruption is Mercy Project, the non-profit he started to rescue children from human trafficking in Ghana, Africa. Its innovative approach has drawn international attention and earned the prestigious Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award. To date, Mercy Project has rescued more than 150 children, returned them to their families, and provided them with an education that will transform their future for generations to come. Field lives in College Station, Texas with his wife Stacey and their four young children. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn @christophercfield and check out his book “Disrupting for Good” here! https://www.amazon.com/Disrupting-Good-Passion-Persistence-Lasting/dp/1684260019

Dr. Eli Jones is a Professor of Marketing, Lowry and Peggy Mays Eminent Scholar, and the former Dean of Mays Business School at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.  He served as Dean of three flagship business schools for over 13 years. Dean of Mays Business School (2015-2021), Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and holder of the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair at University of Arkansas (2012-2015), and as Dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business and the E. J. Ourso Distinguished Professor of Business at Louisiana State University (2008-2012). Prior to becoming a dean, he was on the faculty at the University of Houston as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor with tenure, Full Professor, Associate Dean for Executive Education Programs, Director of the Program for Excellence in Selling, and founding Executive Director of the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston.  

He has published sales and sales management research in top academic journals and is a co-author of two professional books, Selling ASAP, and Strategic Sales Leadership: Breakthrough Thinking for Breakthrough Results. He just finished writing his new book, Run Toward Your Goliaths, a book about his and his wife’s faith journey. He is a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the American Marketing Association’s Sales Special Interest Group and a PhD Project Hall of Fame recipient in 2016.  Also, he is the recipient of Excellence in Teaching awards on the university, national, and international levels having taught strategic selling, advanced professional selling, key accounts selling, sales leadership, and marketing strategy at the undergraduate, MBA levels, and in executive programs. Before becoming a professor, Jones worked in sales and sales management for Quaker Oats, Nabisco, and Frito Lay. He is on the boards of Invesco Funds, Insperity, and on the regional board of First Financial Bank.

Fighting with Faith to overcome adversity.  Running Toward Your Goliaths.