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One Wood Shop

One Wood Shop

East Asia

Teaching a trade and providing jobs to support ministry to the local community

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Project Details


  • Project Description:

    In communities where legitimate jobs are difficult to find, and community ministry is a challenge this creative project has found a way to bridge the gap. One Wood Shop is an active woodworking studio where kids and adults are taught to make small woodworking projects. The instructors in the school are all being trained to become pastors. They are partnered through local churches and sent seminary and workplace training.  By employing them in the Wood Shop they are able to receive valuable workplace training. This helps them provide for their families with a legitimate job while also learning how to lead and pastor local churches in their own dialects. 

    This area is home to the largest minority group in China. The people here are amazingly diverse.  This leads to a rich culture and an overwhelming lostness.  Few people have heard the gospel and those who do believe have very little access to deeper theological training. Biblical literacy is very low among the unreached people groups in this area. Dozens of distinct languages and dialects are spoken, making it essential to find pastors who speak those languages. Training locals to pastor churches while also giving them a legitimate income allows church planting with people groups that would otherwise be inaccessible.

    The Wood Shop customers are from the local community. They are the revenue stream for the business. Both kids and adults come into the studio to take a woodworking class taught by an apprentice. As relationships are developed the apprentice is able to invite them into a home setting where the gospel can be shared naturally and effectively.  Volunteers can help teach classes and can purchase products in bulk to support the ministry.

  • Cultural Information:

    Working with multiple cultures and languages. 

  • Geographic Information:

    Subtropical area of large East Asian country. 

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Your gift will provide useful skills training and ministry to the community.

  • $200 provides a full woodworking kit for an apprentice.
  • $650 provides a 1-month scholarship for an apprentice. 
  • $20 provides a new set of essential hand tools for a class. 
  • $100 pays the electricity bill for the month.
  • $25 buys a set of Bible study material for an apprentice.
  • $150 buys a pallet of project wood used in classes.
  • $1400 provides wood shop rent for one month 

One time expenses:

  • Tooling for the shop $10,000
  • Shop renovations $4,000
  • Registration and legal fees $3,500

Yearly expenses:

  • Rent  $16,800
  • Utilities $2,000
  • Internet $1,000
  • Payroll and taxes $12,000

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  • Write the check to IMB
  • Include project name on the memo line

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OneLife – IMB

PO Box 6767

Richmond, VA 23230 

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