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Working With Hands - Starting Businesses For Believers

God clearly wants people to work and to be able to support themselves from their work. Yet this is very difficult to accomplish in the present economic state.

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Years of atheism and communism have destroyed good work habits and creativity in much of the population. During communism people didn't have to think or work hard-the government provided them with jobs, income, housing, social services, etc. No one was very concerned that all of this was built upon a rotten foundation and would one day collapse. That system has collapsed and the economy is in ruins. People have no work ethic or creativity, and they are apathetic and don't see any hope.

When someone becomes a Christian, his bad habits don't change immediately and neither does the terrible economic state around him. We are in a situation where our Christians know that they should work, yet there are few jobs available, and they lack the creativity, experience, and start-up capital to begin new businesses.

I have been pastorally concerned about this for a long time. Our adult members don't make enough money to provide for basic food, clothing, and shelter. We have a desire to see our believers work and support themselves from their work. For our believers to be able to work, we need other Christians to help us (financially, with materials, and with advice) to start up new businesses.

At present we have two work projects. Many details need to be worked out and additional funds are needed. As in the U.S., the number one need in starting a business is sufficient capital.

We are open for help in these and additional projects. Please pray and consider how you can help.

Tonewood felling and preparation

Wood splitting project

Montenegro and Bosnia are known for the quality of their instrument woods, especially the flaming maple and birdseye maple. For several years we have operated a company employing and training local believers, European Tonewoods, which searches for and fells locally sourced wood, then prepares it in our workshop for export to luthiers from around the globe.

Embroidery

One of our members has begun a cottage industry in embroidered soft furnishings, producing small quantities of tablecloths, pillowcases, table runners, etc. You can contact her through us if you wish to buy any of the examples in the pictures, or to request more information.

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