You will spend about 99,000 hours of your life at work. Considering that for about 134,000 hours over the same period you’ll be asleep, time focused on your job will quite literally account for most of your conscious time on earth.

Work is such a huge part of our lives, yet we tend to pay little attention to how our faith and community life intersect with our jobs. This was the inspiration behind Seed Share – a new community initiative happening in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

In this episode Dylan and Wayne chat with Lisa about her Seed Share initiative and how it has impacted her local congregation.

Lisa Aspeling is a marketing and public relations practitioner who joined JoshGen Wynberg at the end of 2017. After quitting the corporate world and taking a four-month sabbatical in the United Kingdom, she returned to Cape Town – determined to follow in her parents’ footsteps.

Lisa became aware of how many people in her church community were self-employed and urgently needed more income to keep their businesses going and to continue supporting their families.

She adds, “Small businesses heavily rely on their first-degree connections and word of mouth marketing. It suddenly occurred to me that I had pretty much no idea about my church community’s work lives. I’d see them on Wednesdays and Sundays – and sometimes even more often – but we somehow never spoke too much about work.”

“Being faced with my own financial and faith challenges, and seeing others in similar positions, made me realise how practical it would be to connect people in my community to talk about our work and partnering with God, together,” she says.