He worked for great brands and got to make beautiful things. But it didn’t give him satisfaction. Seven years ago, Meindert Kramer (36) from the Netherlands made a drastic decision: he gave up his job as a graphic designer with a design agency, and joined the communications department of OM. Now he’s designing more beautiful things – for the Kingdom of God.

“I am not under the impression that someone will come to faith directly through my work,” says Meindert, “but it can contribute to the effectiveness of OM’s work to get people involved in the global work of sharing God’s love!”

Meindert studied Communication and Multimedia Design, aimed at becoming a designer at a design agency. And yet, after finding his theoretically ideal job, Meindert soon began to wonder, “Is this it?” He offered himself afresh to God, “Here I am. I want to do something different and be available for what You want me to do.”

An opportunity to serve at the OM office in the Netherlands in general communications, caught his attention. “I got in touch with OM but was very hesitant about the financial picture. We had two children at the time and a mortgage. I would lose a lot of income. That was really a moment of doubt.”

But God was persistent and through several poignant sermons and the counsel of people around him, Meindert received confirmation that this position really was where God wanted him to be. He became part of OM’s communications department in the Dutch office for more than six years, before switching to an international role in graphic design a year ago. “I have developed a lot personally during these years,” he shares.

“It’s inspiring to work together as a team with one goal: to support the work of OM and make the Gospel known to the world.”

Meindert is convinced that professionals can play an important role in taking God’s love to the least reached. “God asks us to be responsible with the resources we have,” he states. “By working with people who have a professional education and experience, the money and energy that is put into communication yields the best results.”

“It’s precious to be in a place where you can put your profession into practice and where you can do it with passion, for the kingdom of God,” shares Meindert, who is thankful to do his job. “Partly through the work of me and my team, people are motivated to share the Gospel with others or contribute financially to ministries around the world. Knowing that is hugely satisfying.”

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