Are you a business person or entrepreneur who wants to have a Kingdom impact? Do you have a burden to use your business gifts for the Kingdom but don’t know where to begin? Meet Jossy Chacko who has been doing just that. Twenty years ago he started a charity that is now working in nearly 30,000 communities with 8400 full time workers and 15,000 volunteers. They are providing skill development, education, health, clean water and other holistic transformational projects. Here Jossy shares some of his thoughts and ideas that may help you.
Getting a Bigger Vision
In Jossy’s view most of us are under achieving our potential in the Kingdom. Jossy feels that God believes in us more than we do by saying “You can do all things through Christ”, daring us to “ask him for nations as our inheritance” and promising us that “He is able to do much more than we can think, imagine and ask”. God further doesn’t want “anyone to perish but everyone to come to know” and He therefore asks us to “take His good news to all the world”’ So where is the problem- with God or with us? We have a big God and He just needs us to enlarge our vision to His size!
Jossy has not always thought in this way and definitely was not thinking about making a global Kingdom impact in his younger days. Born in Southern India, Jossy considered he was doubly excluded from engaging in missions on the basis that he was born “a brown guy and all the missionaries were white.” But God had other plans.
At 17 Jossy arrived in Australia with a 17 kilogram suitcase, a one way ticket and $20 in his pocket. With aspirations for material prosperity and an early retirement, Jossy followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a successful businessman in India but soon found out that things were not that easy in Australia. After many initial setbacks and failures he began to experience the success that his heart desired and soon the company that he was part of was listed on the ASX. Jossy thought it was a good idea to take the money and run to Tasmania, buy a hobby farm and enjoy life.
However the dream of chasing material success was quickly interrupted when Jossy’s fiance Jenni (now wife) had a “crazy idea” to spend their honeymoon in North India and visit the Taj Mahal. Little did Jossy know that the trip would change the course of his life forever.
During a train journey on their honeymoon, Jossy met an 8 year old boy from the slums who shared his life story with him. Suddenly Jossy’s hopes for a comfortable and early retirement on a farm somewhere in Tasmania were confronted in light of the horrors he heard of the body part business, child slavery and sexual abuse. Wanting to understand how he could best help the child and others in a similar situation, Jossy invite the 8 year old to spend the next three weeks of their honeymoon with him. After three weeks of education by this “slumdog”, Jossy started to dig deeper for meaning and purpose in his own life.
We are on this earth for something much bigger than a job and to pay off mortgage!
When Jossy Chacko returned from India, he bagan to grapple with his own reason for existence given the spiritual and physical poverty he had been exposed to during his honeymoon.
After three years of deep soul searching and asking the hard questions, Jossy came to the conclusion that God is only building one thing on the earth and that is His church and through her He wants to reach the whole world. In this Jossy saw that all parts of the Body of Christ needed to be involved including business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Through carefully examining the Scriptures, Jossy came to the realisation that outsourcing the Great Commission to an elite group called missionaries was not only unscriptural but was severely hindering the advancement of the gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:19). The fallout from this type of belief is that anyone who doesn’t feel called to be a missionary in the church feels exempted from fulfilling the Great Commission. The question then remains why has God left the rest of us here? Jossy laments the situation the church has found itself with its narrow definition of who is a missionary and how it defines the Great Commission.
“After 2000 years of Jesus giving us the mission to share the gospel to the whole world, there are today 1.8 billion people still waiting to hear about that good news. There are two companies Coca-Cola and McDonalds that have done a better job with their mission than the church. They have achieved in 100 years what the church has failed to achieve in 2000 years.”
By taking a hold of God’s passion that all members of the Body of Christ use their gifts to fulfill the Great Commission, Jossy has witnessed an incredible advancement of the gospel through the organisation he helped set up, Empart. From humble beginnings operating on a shoestring budget in a room in the Chacko’s Melbourne home in 1998, Empart has today seen holistic transformation in Asia through nearly 30,000 transformed communities, releasing 900,000 people from spiritual and physical poverty. Jossy’s goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030!
Establishing Partnerships With Marketplace leaders
Rejected from seven organisations, it was not all smooth sailing when Jossy first stepped out of his comfort zone and pursued the vision God gave him.
Through those wilderness experiences, Jossy learnt a great lesson in his walk with God:
Jossy who was used to company perks and access to funds and make it happen culture, soon learnt that God’s ways are not our ways especially when it comes to establishing His Kingdom on earth. Jossy had to learn to trust God and hand over his fears. As he started to do what was in his heart, gradually, God brought along amazing people who got a hold of Empart’s vision and contributed their gifts and talents to help achieve what Empart is today. Jossy is mindful he will need many more people with great experiences and a lot of miracles to see the goal of 100,000 communities transformed.
One such person that God brought into Jossy’s life was John Sikkema, founder and CEO of Garrisons Financial Planning and now Chairman of Halftime Australia. John and his wife Sue started a partnership with Jossy and Empart which is still thriving after 15 years. John was able to bring his business experiences and help develop the operational capabilities and in return John found his soul prospering as he saw lives and communities being transformed by a fresh gospel movement similar to the book of Acts.
Embracing All Gifts in The Body of Christ
Jossy contends that one of the qualities of great leaders is the ability to surround themselves with bigger and greater leaders and not be intimidated by them. Particularly when you are a church leader, comparison and insecurities are two of the biggest weapons the devil uses to keep marketplace leaders and ministry leaders forging a great partnership.
When working together as a team the lack of resources, KPIs and tangible results not to mention the slow pace and lukewarm volunteers can cause great frustrations to business leaders. While lack of heart, empathy and compassion may cause ministry leaders to write off business leaders as unsuitable for ministry involvement. But if we can learn to appreciate the diversity and celebrate the way God has made us and embrace each other as God’s gift for the building up of His Church, we will see incredible things happen. Stop trying to make each other like the other. There exists great untapped potential, says Jossy in entrepreneurs and business people to partner with Christian leaders to get the mission completed.
“Christian leaders can try to make the marketplace people into pastors and missionaries rather than unleashing the God given gifts, talents and potential in them. If business people are not encouraged to use their talents in the Kingdom, they will just drift into the marketplace where using their gifts are celebrated and rewarded.”
Jossy encourages Christian leaders to unite with business leaders and entrepreneurs and create opportunities for them to use their gifts and strengths including their innovation, creativity, understanding of new technology and general business expertise for creating strategies for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Reimagining Our World
Are you happy with the world? Are you happy with the church? Do you think everything is the way God would like them to be? If not why not start to reimagine things as they could be? Why not take the risk in disrupting the status quo?
God is challenging us to think big, as big as the ends of the earth. Let us not wait for another 2000 years to complete this mission that has been entrusted to us. When many struggle to believe for their neighbour to come to the Lord, God is challenging us to ask Him for the nations! God asks us to lift up our eyes and stop looking down and inwards rather into the fields where they are white and ready for harvest. Jossy is concerned that the workers are few because many He has created have become distracted and not focused. If you are one of those let today be the last day – become a worker and start engaging with the harvest.
Jossy encourages believers to lift their thinking and vision to “God’s level and sizes” and not bring it down to your circumstances and provision. Jossy believes today more than ever before, the world needs people that can capture God’s grand vision for the world and reimagine it from heaven’s perspective.
This includes understanding the Great Commission not only in a geographical sense but also grasping that it is God’s desire that all domains of society: sports, arts, media, education, science and business experience Kingdom transformation. Hence we are to go into those worlds with the good news equally as we are to go into nations.
Many Christians are grieving about the state of these different spheres but Jossy argues that many have not gone into those different worlds, effectively withholding the salt and light needed to bring radical transformation. Jossy believes we need to all ask ourselves which space have we been planted in and where is God showing us favour? Redefining and reimagining your purpose in that space and seeing yourself as a missionary in that space is critical for gospel revival.
Whether you have been a Christian for 3 months, 3 years or 30 years- many believers can often grapple with what God’s purpose is for their lives. Especially if you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, the question of how to connect and align your faith and business is a big one. Business On Purpose and Halftime Australia work with Empart to help business men and women be released into using their God-given gifts for building a legacy that will last into eternity. We are here to serve and equip you, contact us with your questions.
About Jossy Chacko
Jossy Chacko is the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.
Jossy left South India at the age of 17, with $20 in his pocket, a one way ticket to Australia and a big dream to become a business success. Life in Australia started in total disaster with no job, no money and no friends or family. Depressed and at the brink of suicide, Jossy had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Soon after, he became part of a small logistics company which later grew to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Jossy is a gifted communicator – his story telling abilities, combined with insight and humor, serves to challenge, inspire, confront and convict the listeners. God’s favor is evident in his life and ministry and doors continue to open for him with political, business and religious leaders around the world.