MaidPro Heartland Company’s atmosphere leaves ‘open door for the Good News’
fter working as a chemical e n g i n e e r f o r 35 y e a r s , Greg Ford yearned for something different—a career where he would be the one making policies based on biblical principles rather than corporate directives. His search for a franchise led him to MaidPro, a cleaning company he describes as “shocking, quirky and fun.” Because MaidPro allows each franchisee to develop his own company culture, Ford was sold. “I knew in my heart that God had directed my steps to MaidPro,” he says. “I began my franchise in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Valentine’s Day 2005. On that day, I was literally set free to experience the hands and feet of Jesus through the unique design of God called ‘Greg Ford.’” The MaidPro CEO describes his company’s culture as “one of openness, honesty, caring and safety, among other things. Like our Lord, whose name meets every need, we devote ourselves
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MAIDPRO.COM/TULSA/ to being aware of our employees’ needs,” Ford says. That same awareness holds true for MaidPro’s clients as well. “If there’s a sickness, loss of job, etc., it becomes an open door for the Good News,” he says. “This atmosphere can only be brought about by His Spirit. We trust Him to use us in any way He chooses.” God has chosen to use Ford’s company in many ways—so many that he has compiled them in a book, Behind the Clean, “intended to encourage other new franchisees.” Ford talks about an elderly client whose arthritis was so bad she was unable to hang her clothes, so he and his team mobilized to help. “We were able to lower all her clothes racks and discovered other things that needed fixing for her safety and enjoyment,” he says. “We cleaned up her back yard, patio and storage barn. Everyone was blessed.” The company also participates in local as well as international Christian work. “One of the main purposes of starting MaidPro was to help underwrite a mission
MaidPro helped a hoarder get through this cluttered situation.
in Cambodia—International Orphan Aid,” he says. “About 900 children have been adopted out of the state-run orphanages through our efforts, and about 100 children have been nurtured and cared for through BYKOTA House, our Cambodian children’s home.” Above all, Ford enjoys the freedom of owning his own company. “I’m not bound by any corporate politics or propriety,” he says. “Being free to express the life of Jesus through a variety of means is true joy and freedom. That is the living gospel.”—Kathleen Samuelson
vette Leonard sat for the bar exam just after turning 50, despite knowing since before first grade that she wanted to be a law yer after sneaking out of bed to watch Perry Mason. Leonard was focused on going to law school, but just before taking the admission test, she gave her life to Jesus— and that changed everything. “I knew the love of God, I knew I was to marry David, and I knew I had to put law school on the altar,” she said. She married David Leonard, had a family, and didn’t think about law school for many years. But God moved in her heart, and she followed her dream, going to law school and opening Leonard Law in Raymore, Missouri, where
she practices civil law with a focus on personal injury. Leonard has prayed with her clients and colleagues, and has come to realize she may be the closest thing to justice that some people ever get. “I don’t think I could do true justice without God,” she says. “I could win a case and get ‘justice,’ but without God, it wouldn’t be tempered with mercy or righteousness. The world’s idea of justice isn’t God’s.” For Leonard, the title “counselor at law” holds true. She finds herself in the role of both mother and lawyer, helping clients get to the real root of the issues in their lives. “They come to me wanting justice, but they really want peace.”—Ann Byle » May // June 2016 MinistryToday 23
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