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Oil Riches were not Enough
The story of Anne Holland, President and CEO of Mayco Oil
How does a little girl born into a poor, immigrant family in northern Canada wind up, as a grown woman, running her own business trading and marketing domestic crude oil, one of the most competitive, high stakes business arenas in the world?
Simple: It has to be a “God thing.”
Not the Best Start
Six years later, Anne married a much older man and moved to the United States. She hoped this would mean a new future for her, but the marriage ended only four years later. With only a high school degree and now a single mother herself, Anne worked as a secretary to provide for her children.
After several years, Anne had the opportunity to become a partner in a corporate travel business, for which she would handle the marketing. This new job suited Anne well. Before long, she made extensive contacts in the Texas business community, particularly in the oil industry.
“So I gave up my social life for a year,” Anne says. She travelled across the States learning about pipelines, trucking and refineries. She even spent New Year’s Eve, 1981 with some “roughnecks” bringing in a well in Wise County, Texas. Anne wanted to learn everything there was to know about the business before she got into it.
She Took the Risk
With her business career on track, Anne’s future looked bright. But lingering in the background was a spiritual restlessness, a search for the right church, the right faith, the right God. Although Anne was raised in the church she got little out of church services or Sunday school growing up. Thus, as an adult, Anne wandered through a number of churches and denominations, even dabbling in New Age practices for a short time. But nothing seemed to satisfy her heart.
Anne arrived home that weekend just in time to attend Prestonwood’s evening service. During the service, the pastor shared the gospel and invited anyone in attendance to become a Christian. Surprisingly, Anne found herself weeping and she knew she had finally found what she had been missing: not a church or a faith, but a person - Jesus.
Shortly after becoming a Christian, Anne was baptized - in the Jordan River in Israel no less. She also began to experience a number of changes in her personal and business life. For one thing, she was happier and more content. While she had always spent her life in search of “the perfect man,” now she knew she already had him in Jesus. Anne also discovered Christians coming “out of the woodwork” to help her in her new faith, and it seemed like every business investment she made turned to gold.
Anne also felt God calling her to devote more of her time and money to serving others.
As God blessed her financially, she was able to contribute more and more to these organizations, helping with everything from micro-enterprise programs to building orphanages, schools and medical facilities around the world. Through it all, Anne discovered a wonderful truth:
One of those blessings turned out to be the perfect man - Anne’s husband Gene, whom she married three years ago. When she met him, she couldn’t believe it, because he matched her “shopping list” of qualities exactly.
Anne also comments that:
So all of this begs the question: Why Anne? Why did God choose this little Ukrainian girl from Northern Canada and elevate her to a position where her influence, abilities and resources are felt around the world?
Do you feel a sense of destiny about your life, a sense that you could be doing something far greater in the world than you’re doing now? Why don’t you ask Jesus what that is? If you don’t know Jesus, we encourage you to pray the following:
Is it the desire of your heart to make this prayer yours?
If yes, pray now and according to his promise, Jesus Christ will come into your life.
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