“[This] is a beautiful country, full of natural resources, including teak and other wood,” says Jose* an OM worker from Latin America, who has a background in carpentry. “There are more people [here] looking for good quality furniture.” But even in the capital city of this Southeast Asian country only big heavy furniture, traditionally made from one piece of wood, that is very expensive, or things that are of cheap quality and break easily are found–there is nothing in between.

It is into this gap that an OM-run carpentry business is stepping: to create quality beautiful pieces of furniture that are affordable to the many expats and the growing number of locals with more modern tastes. The business is set up in a rented warehouse, which includes both a workshop with machinery and tools to make a variety of tables, chairs, beds, closets and more, a teaching space, as well as living quarters. Good job opportunities are scarce in many developing countries, and this business will also serve as an opportunity to train up young men interested in learning the skill.

Currently, four men are living on-site, and learning the carpentry trade, while also being discipled by Jose in their faith; with the hope that they will use the business in the future to replicate the discipleship aspect and start new churches.

“If I have the opportunity, I would like to go back to my village and start a carpentry business because there is no one in my village who does quality work,” Will* a 19-year-old apprentice says. Everyone in his community are farmers in the mountain rice fields, with very few other employment opportunities available. When Will came to the capital to live with family, someone told him about the work opportunity with OM. “I’ve learnt a lot about detail work, to pay attention to the small details of the project, or otherwise the whole thing won’t work out,” Will explains.

“My goal is to train the guys to learn how to make quality furniture, with the hope that they will learn how to run a business and can then expand and make their own businesses in other locations,” Jose explains. “I want to see them grow in their relationship with God, and then be able to disciple others and start a fellowship of Jesus followers together.” Often, the local church does not provide reliable teaching on the Bible and young people move between family members’ homes because of poverty–which leads many to live without a secure identity of who they are and who they are created to be.

Through this carpentry business OM is equipping young men to learn a skilled trade, grow in their knowledge, encounter God’s love and become a blessing to many around them.

*name changed

Share this Resource

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on print

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

STEP OUT 2020 – Myanmar South East Asia    Go & Visit    25 July 2020 - 3 August 2020STEP OUT is a short-term program that provides practical mission training and experience hands-on mission in Asia.
Full Details
Training Officer South East Asia    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSomeone to Mentor young people coming for 6-24 months
Full Details
Area Leadership Communication Officer South East Asia    Go & Live    As soon as possibleCommunication support for the East Asia Area Leadership Team to the Leaders in the area.
Full Details
STEP OUT 2020 – Laos 2 backpackers South East Asia    Go & Visit    25 July 2020 - 8 August 2020STEP OUT is a short-term program that provides practical mission training and experience hands-on mission in Asia.
Full Details
STEP OUT 2020 – Laos 1 Children and Youth South East Asia    Go & Visit    25 July 2020 - 8 August 2020STEP OUT is a short-term program that provides practical mission training and experience hands-on mission in Asia.
Full Details
Team Members South East Asia    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSince our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. Sadly, there are still thousands of peoples and communities that have never heard about Jesus, ever. Do you share our passion for these people to hear of His fame and renown? Come. Join one of our teams and be amazed at how God is working in lives and communities around the world, and be amazed at how He works in your life, as well. We are looking for you, and many more like you, to join us on this journey to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached all over the world.
Full Details
STEP OUT 2020- South East Asia South East Asia    Go & Visit    25 July 2020 - 3 August 2020A: Asia mission trips B: Bilingual mission conference C: Cross culture experience D: Discipleship training After the conference, you will travel with your teammates to an Island which is one hour away from Singapore. The team will be involve with children and youth work.
Full Details
Administrator South East Asia    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAcross OM, we have a strong need for individuals gifted in administration to aid ministry taking place on the mission field. Those with administrative skills are needed in almost every facet of ministry to ensure that outreaches, meetings and programmes operate with efficiency, and that tasks, paperwork and coordination involved in organising people and events is accomplished with completeness and attention to detail. If this describes how God has wired you, consider here how you can use your administrative gifts to see more vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached.
Full Details
Close Menu
×
×

Cart

X