October 11, 2018 – As we are working on more ways to develop economic support for the folks we serve an idea came to me – why not do some workshops where folks are brought together to help assemble/make a product to add to our store(s). We do not need these made on a regular basis but doing for one day would provide us with the inventory we need for a season. We pay a fair wage for their time and we get a product that once sold will allow us to reinvest the surplus funds in other projects.
This past Saturday we held our first Workshop with a group from our Krynitzi church. The helped us be sanding, painting, cutting and the start of assembling home décor items for the Holidays. They helped with a nativity set, a candle holder set, and a tree set. It turned out to be pretty good (we learned a few things about how to be a bit better prepared) and we will be doing other projects with these and other folks in the future!
These items will be shipped to the US for our Around the World Shop in Jackson, Michigan and online at Marketplacemanna.biz later this fall.
This week pray for:
- The start of our English Homework Club for the kids in Petrich.
- The ongoing details for the Jackson Store opening in November.
- The Virtual Christmas Gift Box Ministry – we have the names of more than 650 kids in our churches we plan to serve this Christmas season (click here to watch the video)
PS – If you are in the southern Michigan area and are crafty or like to make things and have some time on your hand we want to know as we have some idea we want to try while stateside for our economic sabbatical this winter.