Operation Love Ministries

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Contact Name: Andrea Baker, Executive Director

Business Name: Operation Love Ministries

Address: 620 E 21st Street PO Box 917 Anderson, IN 46015

Website: http://www.operationloveministries.org/about-us/our-mission

Business Phone: 765.644.2121

Business Description: Operation Love Ministries provides help for today and hope for tomorrow through programs and services meeting critical and urgent everyday needs — from food and clothing to prescription medications and financial intervention, as well as providing resources for long-term stability through budgeting assistance, nutrition classes, and case management.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I have wanted to help others for a long time, which led me to a master’s degree in Public Administration. However, working for the state did not give me the flexibility to truly problem-solve, nor to offer the hope that is in Christ to so many in need. The nonprofit field allows for so much more agility to move to try creative approaches to helping others, while Operation Love Ministries in particular is designed to provide the option for the important spiritual services for which our community members are desperately looking. I am also incredibly motivated to see the “global church” come together through our ministry, as we have over 30 churches working together to avoid duplication of services and combine resources to help others in a more strategic and life-changing way. Seeing when the work pays off as we are able to create innovative ways to get people’s tangible needs met, while also seeing hope come back into their eyes as we share genuine love, has kept me in the field for over 10 years, 7 of which have been at the helm of Operation Love.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
When I was young, my parents did bring me to church, but it was my father’s example of reading scripture, prayer and seeking God’s will that taught me most. I determined at a very early age that I continually seek out God’s will for my life, accepting Christ at an age I can’t even remember, and praying for wisdom, guidance, and listening to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit ever since.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our faith is in every fiber of our service to the community. Operation Love Ministries is an alliance of churches as an outreach arm to share the love that we have first received through God’s grace. It means that we treat each person with the God-given dignity and care they deserve, that no one is a number when receiving food from our pantry or going through our Balanced Budget program. We believe that life-change can only come with heart-change, and that heart-change is led by the Lord.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We champion the work of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, donors, and partners here at Operation Love Ministries because we are inspired and blessed to serve over 2,000 families each year with food, clothing, and household pantry; human services programs that teach budgeting skills and intervene in financial emergencies; and annual back to school and Christmas Wishes programs that help families with their school supply and basic needs plus gifts at Christmas. Operation Love is truly acting as the hands and fee

Design & Intent Ministries

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Contact Name: Jerry Armelli, Steward

Business Name: Design & Intent Ministries

Address: PO Box 19949 Cincinnati, Ohio

Website: https://designandintentministries.com/

Business Phone: 513-861-0011

Business Description:
Design & Intent Ministries is a counseling and discipleship ministry for men and women with same-sex attraction, gay-identified or trans-identified who are pursuing sexual purity and relational wholeness in accordance with God’s Word and as seen through the Divine’s design and intent throughout creation.  Additionally, we offer support for the family and friends of gay and trans-identified individuals.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Three men who Jesus had transformed in their identities, desire and behaviors met within the Christian community.   These three men very joyfully and tearfully shared the stories of their journeys of redemption, restoration, and transformation with one another.  They were profoundly aware that there are thousands of men and women, like themselves at one time acquiescing to a gay identity with no idea of how Jesus enable them to walk in purity and wholeness. The men bowed their heads in prayer, “Jesus: What do you want to do with us?”  They heard him say, “Start a support group and get a telephone line.” 

That was thirty-four years ago.  Fast-forwarding to today Design & Intent Ministries serves between four hundred individuals a year.   We have eight support groups a month, consult with numerous pastors, leaders, teachers, and present classes on issues surrounding sexuality in various venues.

We have been on the front line of battle culturally and on the front row seats to see God change lives that have affected lives for generations! 

Our motto: With Jesus anything is possible

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My struggle with same-sex attraction had gotten me so lost and confused, that when I experienced the love of Jesus, I surrendered everything to Him.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
His Word and His Spirit are our guides.  With one ear we listen to the individual’s heart and the other ear we listen to the Spirit of our Living God.
Jesus has impacted your lives personally and in every way so too then we inspire others to trust Him and follow His ways.   We comfort others the way Jesus comforted us and love one another as He loved us.  

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Psalm 102: 19 & 20  “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven, he viewed the earth, 20 to hear the groans of the prisoners and release them.

This ministry exists because God hears the cries of His creation and is responding.  One way He responds to the cries of His creation is through Design & Intent Ministries.

AB Intro-Spect Residential Home Inspections

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Contact Name: Grover Brown, Owner 

Business Name: AB Intro-Spect Residential Home Inspections

Business Address: 2853 Bentbrook Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251

Website: http://www.TalktoGrover.com

Business Phone: 513-939-7530

Business Description:
Since, 1978, Grover Brown of AB Intro-Spect has been proudly helping homeowners protect their investment by educating them not only on the condition of their house at the time of purchase, but also how to maintain its value in the long run.  He tailors each inspection to the individual needs of his clients, going far beyond a simple list of defects.   Grover comes from a family of builders and contractors…this business is in his blood.  His approach is simple: It’s not an inspection.  It’s an education.  Grover walks you through every step of the process for lasting peace of mind.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
Education! I love educating people on how to take care of their home. For most people their home is the most expensive investment they will ever make and they have no clue on how to maintain it. In fact most people do not even know what needs to be maintained and when they find out they become overwhelmed. However, once they are educated and know how to maintain it, they are usually much more comfortable and more likely to actually do it. It’s sort of like that with our walk with Christ. Most of us are completely oblivious to the effect of sin in our lives. Once we become aware of what sin has done we become overwhelm with our need for a Savior but we are confused and/or disoriented of how to actually walk that out. I love helping people see how Our Father longs to personally come along side of and even send HIS Spirit to help us.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I have always been a believer but not always a disciple of Christ. With that said, I have not shared the full details of my coming to faith in Christ with many people because of the graphic content. The depravity of the human soul is gut-wrenching. But the message of the Cross and the Love of Christ Jesus has brought redemption in ways I never dreamed of. How did I come to faith in Christ? I didn’t. He came to me. Man cannot come to Christ until Christ has come to them. No one can come to Christ except the Father draw them. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it very clear. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Most people understand God’s grace as a gift but they miss the truth that the real gift from God is the very faith we need to receive the grace of HIS salvation. So how did I come to faith in Christ? By, through and in HIS gift of faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek HIM.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It is humbling, especially when I stop to think that I am representing the King of Kings and everything they see in me they imagine this is how Christ is. I take very seriously the scripture “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, rather than for people.” I pray over every house and for all those involved knowing God loves each and every one of them not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
If I had to pick just one cause it would be the Pro Life cause. All humanity is at the center of why Our Father created this world and to show any disregard for human life is to show disregard and even contempt for God Himself. With this in mind, if I had to choose just one ministry it would be Answers in Genesis. It is foundational to everything the Bible declares starting with Creation itself, Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God” created through Revelation 22:21 “The grace of Our LORD Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” Answers in Genesis has two outstanding attractions including Noah’s Ark built to scale and the Creation Museum which houses one of the most cutting edge Pro-Life display “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” exhibit.

Glorified Fitness Incorporated

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Business Name: Glorified Fitness Incorporated

Contact Name: Sherry Mitchell, owner

Business Address:
2703 Northland Plaza Dr, Columbus, OH 43231

Website: http://glorifiedfitness.com

Business Phone: 614-942-6014

Business Description:
Glorified Fitness Inc (GFI) is a community focused, faith-based, Fitness & Learning Center that uses up-beat Christian & Gospel music to inspire, encourage, and motivate you to REACH THE UNREACHABLE in your physical, mental, and spiritual fitness.  We are taking a holistic approach to fitness that targets the Body, Mind, and Spirit. GFI has cardio and strength training equipment, group exercise, and personal training for Physical fitness needs, academic tutoring for K-12 and beyond for Mental fitness needs, inspirational music and motivational wall messages for Spiritual fitness needs, and full-body massages to relax sore muscles after a good workout, or just to relieve everyday stress. We believe that success in this life requires a spiritual component, so we are turning typical fitness into Glorified Fitness. When your spirit is lifted, you can Glorify God in your efforts to get healthy.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
God gave me a vision in 2011 to build a fitness center for His people. At the time, I was not fully committed to my faith walk, but God reminded me in 2017 that His work must be done. As a result, I left a career in IT after 30 years to fulfill the vision God had entrusted me with and He has been with me every step of the way. I just want to be obedient and please Him with my efforts to prepare His people for Kingdom Business by getting them more healthy.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I remember being in church with my grandparents when I was little, so that stayed with me. God’s Word is true when it says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I learned at a very young age that God is real and that He is my Creator.  However, I had to submit myself multiple times before I finally made a true commitment. When I prayed the prayer to be REAL in my faith walk, that is when things started to change. Without it, I would not have survived the loss of my son when he was 18 years old. I thank God daily for just another chance to please Him.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I recognize that without my faith in God, I have no business. The core of my business is about glorifying God. Everything I do is centered around giving God the Glory, which is why it is named Glorified Fitness Incorporated. I am Incorporating God’s Glory into the Fitness efforts of myself, my staff, and my customers. People think they cannot reach God or reach the destination that God has predestinated for them, but GFI is here to let them know that they can Reach the Unreachable by changing their mindset first and foremost.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
GFI wants to be Partners in Ministry with local churches. In order for the Saints of God to be successful in ministry, they need to be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. That is why we are taking a holistic approach to fitness. Oftentimes. we cannot complete the work we have been called to do because of health issues. However, we need to be spiritually healthy in order to be successful in our efforts to improve our physical and mental health. Adding the spiritual component also helps students focus better on their schoolwork. As their spirit is uplifted, they feel better about their efforts. We have a partnership with my home church Faithful and True Christian Ministries. The name speaks to our desire to please God. Our Motto is that we are faithful witnesses to a dying world. GFI wants to be a faithful witness in this dying world.

Sayre Heating and Cooling Inc.

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Contact Name: Jon Sayre

Business Name: Sayre Heating and Cooling Inc.

Business Address: 13965 Wagram Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147

Website: http://www.sayrehvac.com

Business Phone: 740-927-3609

Business Description:
Sayre Heating & Cooling provides residential heating and cooling service and replacements.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
It was always appealing to me to be in business with my dad. In 1988 we talked and decided that we could do heating and cooling. I liked the idea of being able to fix things as well as helping people out with a problem they were facing in their home.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
My parents are both born again Christians. I was raised in a Christian house old all my life. When I was 5 years old I realized I needed a savior. I had asked my Sunday school teacher if I could pray with her after class. She of course said yes and I asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me.  This was at Fellowship Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio in 1974. I am so thankful for my Sunday school teacher being willing to listen to me at such a young age. I am also eternally grateful to my parents for being that Godly example and for telling me of Jesus and reading the Bible to me every night before bed time. I see how God used all these people to influence me for Christ early on.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We do our best to be an example and Godly influence in business. It doesn’t mean we are perfect or don’t make mistakes. It means that we will fix our mistakes and learn from them. We also strive to be honest and fair about everything we do. The attitude is to do all work to honor God. I believe we are working to please God and that should show in our work.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
The LORD always provides people in my life to invest in. God has allowed me to help multiple people out in many different ways. Whether they needed prayer, a shoulder to cry on, or financial help, there is always someone in your life that can use your help. I believe that God has given me the heart to help people. I enjoy giving more than receiving. I have learned that when you are a willing vessel God puts people in your path. The goal is to be sensitive to the calling of the Holy Spirit.

G&F Cleaning Services LLC

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Contact Name: Rosaelia Sanchez
Business Name: G&F Cleaning Services LLC
Business Address: West Carrollton, Oh.
Website: http://www.gandfcleaningservices.com
Business Phone: 9376302138

Business Description:
High-quality and reliable cleaning services, meeting any and all requirements to achieve our clients’ satisfaction.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
The opportunity to serve our community with quality cleaning services. And to provide work to people that are in need to support their family.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
The first time I heard the message was when I was 12 years old. My mom’s friend gave us biblical studies. Then when I was about 16 years old I went apart from God’s way.  It was a bad time, I took so many bad decisions but God was working to bring me back. When I had my second child, someone gave me a Christian magazine named “El centinela” this had information about a church. When I saw it, I felt joyness in my heart and I remembered how good it was to be in God’s presence. One week after I went to church and never left again.
God is good all the time and always is looking for his children. Praise the Lord!

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I always treat my customers and employees as I would like others treat me. I always ask the Lord to have the same spirit Jesus has to reflect his love on everything I do.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I with other sisters and brothers in Christ lead a prayer ministry, every morning at 5am, we are connected by phone to pray for our church, community, friends, families, youth, children, sick, for Holy Spirit, to spread the message and all needs. We have been doing this for about four years without stop, every day.

I believe in prayer’s power and God’s promise is that where there is two or more people together in his name he will be there. There is a lot of needs in our community and only praying and putting everything on God’s hands brings us peace knowing that God has everything in control.

Fathom Realty

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Contact Name: Kim Sunderland, Realtor

Business Name: Fathom Realty

Websitehttps://kimsunderland.fathomrealty.com/

Business Phone: 614-726-0333

Business Description:
Kim Sunderland of Fathom Realty provides professional real estate service with thorough industry knowledge, client education, accurate analysis, and clear communication – with honesty and integrity. Serving clients in Franklin, Champaign, Union and Logan counties, she’s a “Jesus-loving, Paleo-eating, farmer’s daughter from Ohio”!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My mom was the one of the first woman realtors in Union County – so I’m second-generation realtor. I didn’t immediately follow in her footsteps, though. I spent 25 years in a construction trade where I learned a LOT about home construction. When the repetitive motion of my work started to take a toll on my body, real estate was a natural fit.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
The most wonderful woman taught weekly Bible lessons in elementary school. Every summer, she would pile a bunch of neighborhood kids into her station wagon and take us to VBS.  I remember asking Christ into my heart vividly, and am eternally grateful for that decision.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Every aspect of my life (and business) is impacted by my faith in Christ! Having a Biblical worldview allows me to truly be servant hearted realtor. I often say “God is my provider. My job as your realtor is to look out for your best interests!”

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Operation Restored Warrior: Because they are leading emotionally wounded veterans to Christ. Wonderful ministry! As the daughter of a WWII vet, this is near and dear to my heart.

First Liberty Institute: This group is working hard to protect our religious freedom in this country. They take on the court battles and have won many!

Paul R. Young Funeral Homes

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Contact Name: Marian Young, Co-Founder

Business Name: Paul R. Young Funeral Homes
Business Address: Mt. Healthy Location 7345 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45231
Hamilton Location | 3950 Pleasant Ave. Hamilton, OH 45015
Oxford Location | 5086 College Corner Pike Oxford, OH 45056

Websitehttp://paulyoungfuneralhome.com

Business Phone: 513-521-9303

Business Description:
Paul R. Young Funeral Homes has been family-run since 1948 with locations in Mt. Healthy, Hamilton and Oxford, Ohio. We provide caring and comprehensive funeral, cremation and memorial services for families during a very difficult time in their lives. Our loving, licensed staff is available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week for those in need.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My husband always had a loving and ministerial heart but he also had a medical leaning. He had the heart of a servant, always, and becoming a funeral director was the best way to combine these gifts. After mortuary college, he would later attend business college so he could run his own funeral business. I supported him in the business and we opened our first funeral home in Mt. Healthy in 1948.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
We both grew up in loving, Christian homes. Paul and I met in church and were later married in the church of our childhood. Our faith was tested along with the whole nation’s during WWII. He was a medic in the war and he saw much pain and death. His letters home to me and his parents showed his faith was still strong, which encouraged us in our faith, too. He was delivered home to us, safe and sound, and the rest of his life was spent being loved by God and modeling this love to his family and friends. He was the most Christ-like man I ever knew.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our faith impacts our business immensely. We are able to serve our families with joy and hope because we well know that bodily death is not the end for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. This time of year is an especially good reminder because we know that one day we will be resurrected with Christ and live forever with Him. And just in case some forget about those promises by winter, we remind our community about Jesus by putting life-sized Nativities, sculpted by my husband out of wax, in the front yards of our Mt. Healthy and Hamilton locations.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Our business supports many causes, but for me supporting our aging veterans is especially dear to my heart. Paul was a veteran; so were his brothers and my brother. They were all able to come home and build lives and families, but that’s not the case for all veterans. I’d like to see more done for these men and women on behalf of a grateful nation. I take seriously John 15:13 and I am filled with gratitude for their sacrifices.

Friends in Action International

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Contact Name: Paul Brosey, Owner

Business Name: Friends In Action International

Business Address: PO Box 323 Elizabethtown PA 17022

Websitehttp://www.fiaintl.org

Business Phone: 717-546-0208

Business Description:
We are a faith based mission committed to getting the Gospel to the least reached people groups in the hardest places on earth.  We utilize our talents and abilities to exercise our ‘blue collar’ bent in assisting other agencies who focus on church planting, evangelism and discipleship.  We build airstrips; dig water wells; build missionary housing, clinics and training centers; and we build roads in difficult regions to create better access.  We are presently working for approval for a 16 mile, gravity fed water system to bring clean water to 30 villages, several clinics and schools in the island nation of Vanuatu.  We proclaim Christ when we can but our emphasis to  show our love for Christ and the unreached through construction.  We utilize many volunteers and are always looking to expand our base of volunteers willing to assist us in our mission focus.  We are also looking for men and women who are sensing God’s call to being involved in missions using their skills and abilities.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I learned to use my hands while working my way through Bible College and then capitalized on theses skills during my married life.  I used my Bible training as a lay leader in the Church and my learned skills to show and teach biblical principles to those I worked with and for.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was ten, was baptized in a farm pond and sought to grow in my spiritual journey by taking notes on Sunday mornings from the Pastor’s sermons, reading my Bible, listening to Christian radio and eventually, attending Bible College in Philadelphia, now known as Cairn University.  I am now involved in my church as an Elder with an oversight of training other Elders and encouraging our Senior Pastor and the Pastor of Outreach.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
When I was 64 I stepped away from the business world and committed the next 10 – 15 years having a direct impact on the Great Commission through using the skill-sets that I learned.  I am with Friends in Action, International as a Teams Coordinator and Leadership Development.  I have led work teams to Nicaragua, and Vanuatu.  I have been to Moldova teaching College students principles of Church leadership.  I have encouraged missionaries in South Africa with a team from our church; visited our daughter and family in the jungles of Brazil and Peru and have recruited others to join in this unique opportunity to use our ‘blue collar’ skills on the front lines of missions.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Friends in Action, International gives me the unique opportunity to use my spiritual giftedness and my learned skills in the construction industry.  This blend brings great fulfillment of physically building  for the Church and also directly building the spiritual aspect of the Church universal.  I get to teach building skills and spiritual principles into the live of volunteers and national believers and unbelievers.  How much better can it get!!!

Keller Williams Pinnacle Group

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Contact Name: Donna Blankenship, Realtor

Business Name: Keller Williams Pinnacle Group

Business Address: 4680 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Mason, Ohio 45040

Websitehttps://dblankenship.kw.com/

Business Phone: 513 – 544 – 1170

Business Description:
Real Estate agents at Keller Williams strive to deliver strong communication, experience, expertise, broad marketing, referrals for you, and most of all, satisfaction to every client we serve.

Choose an Agent who will be with you from contract to closing, always in communication, and ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE !

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I have always felt that the only way to find true purpose in life is through service to others.
Having faced housing difficulties in my past while working to become  independent of disability benefits,  I recognized the compassion and expertise needed. Through my love of people and helping them, I found myself in Real Estate, exercising empathy and compassion as God plants it in our hearts.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
Raised by a loving Christian mother, our home was built around the love of Christ and family. Struggling with divorce, severe rheumatoid arthritis, disability benefits, and losing my home, I turned back once again to see the grace and mercy of my great big God who came and held my hand with love and patience. A mustard seed was planted in my heart, and soon flourished into the faith I stand on today.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I pray over every transaction, allowing God to take the lead and use me to bless others through Real Estate.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Within my community and church, evangelizing, tithing, and donating as much as possible, I am active in my local Lions Club chapter, participating in outreach programs with community events and creating/assisting Meal trains, housing, clothing, and many more goods/services to those in need.

Bayer Pest Control

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Contact Name: Logan Bayer, Owner

Business Name: Bayer Pest Control

Business Address: 301 W 1st St. Dayton, Ohio 45402

Websitehttp://www.bayerpestcontrol.com

Business Phone: 937-410-4787

Business Description:
Bayer Pest Control provides pest control  to residential, industrial, and commercial customers. We offer a variety of services to meet your pest control needs; including, but not limited to, bed bugs, general pests, wildlife and rodents. We strive to manage our business with integrity and provide excellent service for our customers. Call us today for a free quote!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We became aware of the need for quality bed bug heat treatments in the Dayton area and our business has grown from there.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I grew up in a Christian home and made the decision to follow the Lord as a teenager after attending a church youth retreat.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We want to be good stewards of the business God has given us and shine His light to everyone we interact with.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” -Colossians 3:23

FAST AND NEAT SERVICES LLC

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Contact Name: Fred and Netta Martin, Owner

Business Name: FAST AND NEAT SERVICES LLC

Business Address: PO Box 24536, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

Website: http://Fastandneat.services@gmail.com

Business Phone: 937 750 8642

Business Description:
Fred and Netta Martin uniquely decided to bring a new fresh cleaning business/ideal to life, and started by naming it Fast and Neat Services LLC, representing the first letters of their names, and adding services that we can stand by.   They launched their business from the ground up, focusing on Residential, Commercial, Small Business, and Storefront Post Construction Clean up Industries.  Their business focuses on their clients’ needs, so with every walkthrough, they promise you a great experience, budget-friendly prices, and top-of-the- line cleaning products that are safe for the environment, their clients, and the fur babies, if any.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We combined our family early in our relationship… Fred and I knew our careers and retirement days were fastly approaching us, and making business moves for our future seemed perfect.  We pondered over being business owners and entrepreneurs for a year, and I then finally took the ultimate leap of faith and left my 14-year career in Law Enforcement, and scaled myself down to a 9-5 schedule to put a master plan together to grow our cleaning business.  The main reason we decided to open a cleaning business was because we both had been in the industry, and we both love to be in a clean and healthy space/environment ourselves, and wanted to help others to keep their space clean and healthy as well. Lastly, there were not a lot of small black owned cleaning businesses in our area that handled Move in/Move out, one time clean and reoccurring cleaning, like ours.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
Netta:  I was led to Christ by truth, training, and teaching from the churches I attended as a little girl. That led into my adulthood and transformed me into the woman that I am today. I was led to believe a long time ago that if someone asks about my hope and faith as a believer, that I should always be ready to explain it. (1Pet 3:15). I first came to believe that I was a sinner, so I started reading the book of Romans. I knew I had sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23), but God demonstrated His own love for me while I yet sinned, I had to believe Christ died for me (Rom 5:8). I knew God Loved Me no matter what.
 Fred’s journey to Christ was different than mine… he knew for his children that he needed to set an example of a God-fearing man, and he knew “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rom 6:23. Fred knew his salvation was a gift from God – it wasn’t anything he could earn, and he knew he had to work hard to keep it. Fred knew he wanted to show God he appreciated the gift, through Love, Service, and sharing his faith with others.


How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We believe that the Holy Spirit works within… we came together by Faith, and are led by Faith.  It was our faith together that moved Netta to decide to walk away from a 14-year career in Law Enforcement for several reasons, but most importantly, it hindered me from church and time with the Lord (and with my understanding of God and the Holy Bible). As I grew into the word of God, mountains were easily moved and God was ever so present in my home, in our lives, and in our business decisions.  Our business was founded on faith and faith alone. We never thought entrepreneurship was arising.  Just as Netta studied the word of God, she also studied the ins and outs of our business. We are making sure we grow our business from the ground up, with all the above inspiration and purpose God is granting us.  Just like the purpose God put us here on earth, we are putting into our business, starting with an advertisement here in a Christian-based publication. Thank You Markina McNight (NSM)  for leading us to the Christian Blue Pages, and thank you, Brian Hegyi from Christian Blue as well

Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer.

We asked God to live in our hearts early on in our marriage, so we knew our business had to have a foundation as such. We knew the moment that once we launched our business on social media that we were going to need the Holy Spirit to watch over us and watch over our business as it grows. We launched in January 2020, just as the Covid-19 became a world pandemic.  It was a frightening time to start a business, and watch it grow.  I remember going into my prayer room (bathroom) and talking to God for 30 minutes, crying at a business that had not failed. I went to bed with another prayer on my heart. I asked God to show us what needs to be done, because one week went past, then the next week went past, and not one phone call, not one interest in social media.  A few nights later we decided to go ahead and get the business its own phone number (937-750-8642).  I took the number 8642 and said these letters stand for (TMGC) – Trust Me God Coming!  So Wednesday came, and I had a ministry lead meeting at the church. Our pastor said there will be noticeable changes within the church, starting with the cleaning of the church, and he said we will be looking for another company to come to clean our church. I sat there incredibly quiet, and never uttered that we just launched our cleaning business called Fast and Neat Services LLC, and that we could do it. I got home, told Fred, and he said “wWhat do we need to do?” I said, “Let us pray on it”, which was my way of saying “I do not know.” I then had a dream come to me saying, “Reach out to the Elder of the church and tell him”, so I called and set up a walk through. Two months went past and the pandemic was in full swing, when we finally got a call from the church, “Can your company do a deep clean of the church?” “YES!”, I said.  We took on the task, and then bid for the contract, and got it. A few days later, I prayed and said, “God, what now?” So, we posted again on social media, and this time our post was liked and shared, and people/businesses were being tagged, asking for our number.  Now I believe it was God who interceded, just as I began to have thoughts of giving up on the business and go back to policing. The very next day, we got a phone call from a salon, set up our walk through, and this time, we corrected the mistakes we made from the first walkthrough, and got the job! I then went into my prayer room (bathroom) and said, “Lord, I don’t want to go back to Law Enforcement… I love the freedom that I have. Please direct me differently, not only with the business, but with another source of income. I then walked in this law firm, and came out hired, knowing nothing but God!
Moving forward into the business, we got a call and set up a walkthrough for a business that was worth $1.5 million.  This business wanted to cut corners on the cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of the location. Now because I strongly felt about the old saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”, we could not see our business cutting corners and not cleaning a high profile business as such. So, we learned several valuable lessons that sustain us to this day in our business. We will only grow and hire people that have a passion for life and work.

Cable Bros Outdoor Services

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Contact Name: Jeremy Cable, Owner

Business Name: Cable Bros Outdoor Services

Business Address: 8408 Little Richmond Rd, Trotwood, OH 45426

Website: http://www.cablebroscapes.com

Business Phone: 937-825-8626

Business Description:
We are a Christian family-owned and operated landscape and lawn care business serving our local area with high quality landscape and lawn care with a defining purpose of bringing trust and positive change to our clients, their properties, and into our industry.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
As young boys growing up on the farm, we brothers always loved getting to mow the lawn….so combine the love of mowing, with our parents encouraging me, Jeremy, in 2012 to purchase a small lawn care company from a good friend (I think they knew I needed the challenge), and you end up with a couple young teenagers starting a small lawn mowing and landscape company. Fast forward to now, and we have learned a lot, some by trial and error, and we’ve learned how much we enjoy the creativity in landscape design and install, as well as the technical details of irrigation, drainage, and other services we offer. We’re still learning!

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a young boy growing up in a Christian home with godly parents, I knew about God and knew I wanted to follow Christ, but I struggled with the internal question of “how will I know God is calling me?” Obviously, if you’re asking yourself that question, you’re feeling convicted already, and I was deep into the lonely world of sin and self-focus by then. God opened my eyes during a message one Sunday morning, with the thought of “I know my sin, and I know what I need, so what am I waiting for?” I chose that day to become a follower of Christ and to be baptized. I was baptized the next weekend, and it has been a journey of growth, learning, challenges, and great blessing from there…..

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It effects almost everything, from how we treat our clients, to how we work together as a team.
We believe in treating everyone as we would like to be treated, we believe in second chances, we believe in teamwork, and we believe in going the second mile. Filter everything through those things, and the example of our King Jesus, and our business should be a shadow of Christ in the world, even though we are still learning, and have much to learn.
Our core values as a company are; Care, Respect, Fun, Integrity, Hard Work, and Trust.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I strongly stand behind ministries such as The Morning Center, pregnancy crisis centers, that are championing the cause of life, and the fading art of family. We brothers come from a family of 11 children, and wouldn’t change that for a second. I believe that the innocent should be protected, and that we as humans in the 21st century have largely lost connection with the reality of life, heritage, and meaningful relationships. You cannot have a strong moral fabric without a Creator and purpose behind that moral fabric.

God can bring amazing life and joy, even from tragedy, and as the church we should be championing that.

Allstate – The Browning Agency

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Contact Name: Joyce Browning Walton, Owner

Business Name: Allstate – The Browning Agency

Business Address: 7123 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Website: http://allstate.com/joycebrowningwalton

Business Phone: 513 – 370-3765

Business Description:
Allstate is a full service insurance company that offers Homeowners, Auto, Life, and Commercial Insurance.  We find insurance solutions for every situation.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
When I was younger, I had an auto accident and I was terrified.  I didn’t know how insurance worked and I was afraid that I was not going to be able to get my car repaired.  The only thing I knew was that I was on my parent’s policy and my dad was not going to be happy if he had to pay for the damages or buy me another car.   Our Allstate agent lived across the street from us and he handled everything.  That  same day I got a rental car and the repairs were made to my car within a week. 
I knew then and there,  that I wanted to be able to help people by helping them understand how insurance works.

I’ve been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and I am always inspired when I can show people the benefits of having the right insurance coverages.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
I’ve always been a believer, but I haven’t always been 100%.  As I have matured in age, I’ve also matured in my faith and dedication to Christ.  Through the years I have come to have a personal relationship with God that means everything to me.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
I treat people the way I would want to be treated.  My faith compels me to try to do the right thing for everyone, no matter what.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Education, education, education.  Last year for my church I held a health, wellness and financial fair for the community.  I brought in all types of professionals from the respective fields.  I truly believe that knowledge is power!  My motto has always been “when you know better, you do better.” Ecclesiastes 7:12 tells us “For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.”

Before Covid 19, I was gearing up to give insurance seminars, that’s something that I hope to start again this year.

I AM Coffee

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Contact Name: Carolyn and Ron Spears, Owners

Business Name: I AM Coffee

Business Address: 4728 Vine St Cincinnati,  Ohio  45217

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/WeAreIAMCoffee

Business Phone: 5134294975

Business Description:
We are a Christian owned coffee shop located in the heart of a little community called Saint Bernard, about 6 miles from downtown Cincinnati. We offer coffee, and espresso based drinks along with a variety of other pre packaged drinks. We also offer pastries, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches for the morning, and sandwiches and soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through April. We provide indoor outdoor seating, along with a cozy and relaxing environment for you to sit, read, and enjoy community, or even study. We make sure every customer is treated like family, and enjoy getting to know our regular customers. We welcome everyone, from kids to the elderly, and even our four-legged friends as well. We make sure to sugar up the kids, give dog treats, then send you on your way!

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
I (Carolyn) actually helped out here before when it was an existing coffee shop under a different name and ownership. The previous owners were having some health issues, and the shop was going to close. We felt it was a very important part of this community, and hated to see it close up. So along with another couple, we purchased it, renamed it, and rebranded. We’ve been going strong since April of 2018.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
For me (Carolyn), I was 12 years old when I accepted Christ at my home church in our youth department. I had been raised in this church since I was 9 months old. I also attended a private Christian school for 6 years, so I was aware of who our Lord and savior was and still is.
Ron was 15 years old and gave his heart to Christ at a revival we were having at our church. We actually met at church in the youth department, and were friends. We grew up and then went our separate ways for 15 years until we were given the chance to come back together, then marry.  We have been married for 17 years now, with a blended family.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We feel that being here in the community, we are a safe haven for people; plus, it gives us the opportunity for outreach throughout the community. I had already been heavily involved with community service within our school district, church, and my honor society.  We have found a purpose within this community, and hope we at least can help others. We feel the need here with the children of the schools, and do not like to see them go hungry or go without

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We support several different aspects of the community, from the food pantry at local churches, to all the schools around us. We help collect food, coats and winter apparel, and school supplies, as well as items for our senior citizens. We do not like to see people go without, and know how lucky we are to be given this opportunity. We only hope we can grow even more.

Wind Bender Mechanical Services, LLC

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Contact Name: Candy & Robert McBride, Owners

Business Name: Wind Bender Mechanical Services, LLC

Business Address: 784 SR 72 S Jamestown, OH 45335

Website: http://www.windbender.info

Business Phone: 937-675-2982

Business Description:
Wind Bender Mechanical provides heating, cooling and plumbing services, including repairs and installation. Our business is primarily residential, and is a small, family-run business…myself and my husband.   We are certified to service and install Geothermal heat pump systems, zone systems and tankless water heaters, as well as air quality products and water treatment products and services.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My husband Robert had to switch trades and picked this one closest to the line of work he was previously doing. I had a background in business management and insurance. Together, we combined our skills and used every penny we had – as well as cashing out our retirement – to start our business in July of 2005.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
As a child at age 10, I first gave my life to Christ thru direct influence of my mother and extended family.  Of course, as I grew older, there where seasons when I was estranged from the Lord . 

The season I am in now as a mother and a grandmother I think is my favorite.  I am able to pray for and with our children and grandchildren, to let them know they are not alone and who to turn to, our Lord and Savior.  I know if it wasn’t for the prayers of my mother and my grandmother, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Most recently, my daughter-in-law shared a moment with me, a picture of my grandson praying in preschool for my dog who was getting ready to have surgery. What a blessing it is to see your grandchildren pray.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
Our business shows me how we can bring the kingdom to others in more ways than I ever imagined.  We honor God by tithing our labor as well as our resources to help those in need of heating, cooling and plumbing as the Lord directs us. This is our second year of being able to give a furnace away free to a person or family in need.

Our business has also gave us an opportunity to model Christ and our humanness to our employees who we care for as part of our family.  God has used us, as well as our employees, to facilitate trust, compassion and encouragement to each other and to our customers.

My favorite moments of connecting people to Jesus is when I get a random phone call either from a current customer or a potential one where the conversation becomes intimate. The person who calls is looking for Jesus, for his touch, his comfort, his words, and I get to be the vessel in which the Lord has used to offer testimony and encouragement to those in need.  This is when I feel the impact our business truly makes in others lives others.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
Women’s ministry and helping those who are less fortunate has always been my heart’s most desire.  I grew up very poor, stood in food lines with my mother, at the Salvation Army for Christmas gifts, and felt the fear of not knowing how we where going to make it.  I have had people who I have had an opportunity to bless ask “How can I repay you?”  I say, “Pay it forward.”

I always wanted a big family…lots of sisters… and I think this is why I love being involved in Women’s ministry. Being able to help and empower other women strengthens and blesses me.   You may never know the impact you make on another person’s life until you either witness it or they come and tell you.  These are the sweetest moments that remind me to push on in my own spiritual journey.  To form and to have intimate relationships with other women, my sisters in Christ, keeps me grounded.

Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness

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Contact Name: Dr. John Moore, Owner

Business Name: Amerihealth Chiropractic and Wellness

Business Address: 8570 Cotter Street

Website: http://www.dr4health.com

Business Phone: 6147813139

Business Description:

Here at AmeriHealth Chiropractic & Wellness, we are proud to help our patients live better, pain-free lives.We truly believe that no one deserves to live in pain, even as they age. We will do everything we can to ensure that our patients are comfortable. We are proud to help people heal after an accident or injury and diminish any unwanted discomfort.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My mom was a nurse and my step dad was a doctor. He had suffered low back pain for years and had 2 back surgeries
I watched him suffer from the pain.  I did not know how much back pain someone could suffer

My personal story is as follows…I had jumped on a roof at 13 years old, and broke my back in 2 places. At 17, I was competing in surfing in California and suffered tremendous back pain. I found a grocery store receipt, and on the back was a coupon for a Free exam and xrays at a Chiropractic office. I went, and let me tell you it felt so good and changed my life.

I later became a massage therapist and then decided to become a chiropractor. I love being a chiropractor and working with my hands to help people feel better, move better and live better lives with chiropractic and living a healthy lifestyle.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
When I met my wife and became a chiropractor, I thought I should check out Christianity. I went to a Promise Keepers Event in Oakland, California, and Billy Graham gave an altar call for anyone who wanted to receive Christ, that they could do that now. I walked forward in faith and gave my life to Christ.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It is everything to me. I feel that it is the way we do our business…. by Christian values.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
I attend Adventure Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. Its a non-denominational church.

Ladd & Carter Tax Service

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Contact Name: Bruce Carter, Owner

Business Name: Ladd & Carter Tax Service

Business Address: 1226 Linden Ave Dayton, OH  45410

Website: http://laddcarter.com

Business Phone: (937) 258-1040

Business Description:

Ladd & Carter Tax Service provides year-round affordable full service Tax Preparation for individuals & businesses (preparing Federal, State, and City Tax returns), plus bookkeeping for small businesses.  They are a 3 time Best of Dayton award winner, and Better Business Bureau member.They make tax season simple – call for a consultation.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
My Father-in-law had a prior business which I became involved in.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
August 1964 in a Youth Revival at Northridge Baptist Church

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
We want people to see Jesus working in us.  As we meet with people we remind ourselves of how Jesus would like for us to treat individuals.  We strive to be a light in the Dayton area as we show God’s love and acceptance.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (MATTHEW 5:16)

Cold Stone Creamery

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Contact Name: Brett and Holly Neely, Owners

Business Name: Cold Stone Creamery

Business Address: 6815 Miller Lane Dayton, OH 45414

Website: http://coldstonecreamery.com

Business Phone: 937-264-9758

Business Description:
Our Cold Stone Creamery offers the finest and freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes, using only the highest quality ingredients.  Our signature process is preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

What first inspired you to get into your line of work? And what motivates you to do the work you do still today?
We were looking to invest in a small business and had the opportunity to buy into the Cold Stone franchise.

How did you come to faith in Christ?
We both grew up in Christian homes and had parents that taught us about Jesus.  We both made decisions as teenagers to give our lives to Christ.  That has made all the difference.  We have made our faith an important part of our own family and have instilled those Christian values in each of our children.

How does your faith impact the way you do business?
It affects everything we do,  because Jesus is the center of our lives.  It affects how we deal with customers, train our employees, and how we interact with our community.  Our faith is a part of every decision we make.   It is our hope that people leave our store feeling that something is different about our business.  The difference is Jesus.

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?
We love and value all the young people that work for us.  God has given us the opportunity over the years to work with many teenagers and young adults from all walks of life.  It is rewarding to teach young people how to work hard and influence their lives in a positive way.  Our employees are the best part about our business.

The Career Strategist

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Contact Name: Diane Wingerter, Speaker. Author. Strategist

Company Name: The Career Strategist™

Phone Number: 614.390.4227

Website: TheCareerStrategist.net

Address: 396 Oxford Oak Drive, Blacklick, Ohio, 43004

Business Description: Diane Wingerter offers those in Career Transition the strategies and tactics to guide them to a Career and to a Company which they LOVE!  Process spans the entire journey–including how to prepare, select, plan, execute, follow-through & analyze. Together with clients, she creates a plan by design, not by default. This allows her clients to embrace a process infused with prayer and to take control and realize that their future lies in their own hands!  

How did you get started in this line of work? In the Corporate setting, Diane served in roles such as Vice President of Human Resources and personally hired over 1,900 individuals along life’s highway.  As Diane combines her hiring perspective–along with her strong sales and marketing experience–she also infuses prayer, scripture and God’s assistance throughout the journey.  Diane’s ‘success-cocktail’ is designed to conquer and expedite the Career-Journey. Thus, her clients transform from “Hunting2Hired” and when that occurs, they give the Glory to God!

How did you come to faith in Christ?  I ‘grew-up’ in the Church environment since elementary school and it has always been a  part of my life. At the age of 6, I was on a live Christian TV Show, which aired on Sundays.  I served in the Youth Ministry and in the Children’s Ministry for a total of six years. Along life’s highway, I was traveling and working in multiple states and became seriously ill.  At that time, I felt the presence of God & Jesus in my recovery and healing and truly know that God was with me.  He will help you, if you ask, through prayer.  So, I live my life as a ‘Prayer Warrior’ with daily Prayer and with Gratitude, always at the forefront of my mind.   

How does your faith impact the way you do business? Simple, I base my business decisions on biblical principles and do so, with confidence in my decisions.   

What ministry/cause do you champion and why?  Healing is near and dear to me, because of my own experience and that of others who I have prayed for and have received healing. About 3 years ago, I put together a healing prayer guide ‘Healing On The Horizon’ which I send to individuals who are in need of prayer support and guidance.  

Please share a story where you saw God move in your business or impact a customer. God gave me the idea to add Faith to my book.  In 2019, when I originally came up with the title and idea to write Hunting2Hired, the elements of scripture and prayer were not in the concept.  In February of 2020, God said to add Faith into the Book, and I said, yes Sir!  So, when I began to write it during late March of 2020…..I moved forward, full-steam ahead and finished the initial manuscript 5-weeks later! 

Why do you advertise with Christian Blue Network? Three reasons, I want to support a Christian-Based Publication, I want to be ‘associated’ with like-minded Businesses and Business Owners, and I feel the ‘audience’ will appreciate the fact that Faith is infused into my Book–as well as–throughout my one-on-one Consulting.