Each year County Line Church selects an international ministry partner to receive funds through the Joy to the World Offering. This year’s recipient is Global Disciples. In short, Global Disciples partners with pastors in the areas of discipleship training, leadership development, and small business development. You can learn more about this ministry on their website at globaldisciples.org.
Below is an excerpt taken from the “What’s In Your Hand?” book, published by Global Disciples. In the coming weeks we will share the stories of people who have experienced the “What’s In Your Hand?” training and running a business to support their families and churches.
Learning From Failure
Obviously not every business succeeds. Sometimes it’s because of factors beyond our control; other times it’s because we don’t do the work necessary to make a good decision. But our failures become opportunities for us, and others, to learn.
Malik was a young churchplanter, and married with two small children. Due to poverty, his family was living with his wife’s parents, a stressful situation. But God had worked through them to start a small fellowship, and it was growing. When Malik came to the training, his idea was to make a popular chicken and noodle soup. His business plan was approved and he received a grant. Malik began selling soup to his neighbors. Everyone liked his soup, and the business began to provide for the family’s needs and more.
In a bold move toward independence, Malik decided to move to a new neighborhood. He found a vacant shop for rent in small row of shops with their own parking lot. The building offered enough room for a storefront and space for his family to live in the back. Malik used nearly all his capital to pay the required first year’s rent, and the family moved in. They were so happy to be in their own home and have their own shop.
As Malik was preparing to open the shop on the first night, he discovered that two portable chicken and noodle soup stands would set up on the edge of the parking lot. They had been selling at this location for years and had many loyal customers.
If this wasn’t bad enough, within a few days Malik met a friend from Bible College who was planting a church in the neighborhood. Soon he learned of yet another church planter in the same area.
What Malik had thought was the perfect location was all wrong—for his ministry and business. Discouraged, Malik gave up the idea of planting a new church or even doing business. Since the rent was paid for a year, Malik simply did pulpit fill-in for others’ churches, barely earning enough to pay for food and utilities.
Malik had not done any research to understand the community’s needs and wants; he just found a building he liked and moved. Malik paid a high price for this lesson.
To give towards the Joy to the World offering, you can do so online at the link provided below. Or, you can pick up an offering envelope at each entrance into the worship center. Thank you in advance for helping to strengthen the church in Ethiopia.
Online Giving Instructions
1. Click on this link: countylinechurch.org
2. Select the “Give Online” link which will re-direct you to a “push pay” page.
3. Fill out your information and select “Joy to the World” in the “Giving Type” drop down menu.