Business for the King

Dynamic businessman Emmanuel Franklin employs over 300 people across India in his technology company.  In 2012, he attended a training event for businesspeople, hosted by India Cru.  Emmanuel kept in touch with staff members, attending a weekly business fellowship when he could, and requesting prayer for key business decisions.  Staff members have ministered to him, and Emmanuel has likewise become a great blessing to the local team and in widespread outreach.

Emmanuel is passionate to integrate his faith with his business.  On occasion, he tells prospective clients that his faith in Christ requires the highest degree of integrity, which has actually helped him land some business contracts.  In 2013, Emmanuel conducted a Christmas outreach for his employees based in Bangalore, and several have come to Christ.  

In 2014, Emmanuel utilized his influence and resources to help recruit and train pastors engaged in a large city-wide evangelistic campaign that Cru co-sponsored.  As the campaign wound down, his involvement and enthusiasm gave new life to the difficult, ongoing job of follow-up.

Later in 2014, he took another step of faith, organizing a Christmas outreach outside his building in a common area of the industrial complex.  After receiving his invitation, more than 300 people from his own and surrounding businesses showed up.  They enjoyed refreshments while listening to music, testimonies and a gospel presentation around a Christmas theme.

Emmanuel has invited Cru staff members to disciple his four top managers, also Christians, so that, in turn, they can disciple the other 25 Christ-followers among his employees on site.  

When Emmanuel heard that India Cru was planning to launch a Digital ministry strategy, he quickly provided his all-out support.  As the staff members planned this first “Indigitous” conference in South Asia, Emmanuel lent his expertise, guiding the design team, promoting the event, helping to recruit key resource people, booking the facilities and registering participants.  Eighty-five technology-minded participants from six countries--college students to CEOs--were challenged to use their talent and passion to create new apps, social media, and videos for Kingdom purposes.  Staff members felt that the success of the conference was due in no small part to Emmanuel's efforts.

When a business trip took him to Kathmandu in May, 2015, Emmanuel made a point of contacting the Nepal Cru leadership about how he could help to mentor Kingdom-minded business owners there.

In the process of integrating his faith with his business, Emmanuel won Project Nehemiah’s 2015 Biblical Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition for India.  He took home second place in their international competition in the United States.

Staff members have seen that the more Emmanuel engages in outreach and mobilization, the more energized he becomes. His burning desire is that others would know his King, and that other Christ-following business owners would use their natural influence to expand the Kingdom.

How can God use you in your context?