I thought, why should I pay someone else $25,000 to sew and ship a tent when I began sewing as a young woman – making my own clothes because as a 6’2” teenager I couldn’t find anything to fit me! This simple skill I was given by my mother and teacher supplied a foundation for a dream that would later prove to have no limits! Thus, the idea for a tent factory was birthed and today the cost of producing a tent is not $25,000 but $6,000.
Truly the harvest is great! Only the laborers and the harvesting tools are lacking. These brightly colored tents become beacons of hope for communities that otherwise have very little access to good news. For Europe, good news has been replaced with headlines of horror. Hope has been replaced with fear and the once glorious cathedrals of Europe are becoming mere relics, ruins or worse.
What are we to do about this? How can we answer the staggering needs of Europe, Russia and Asia?
To date, we are producing tents in Moscow and Estonia. However, this is not enough. The borders that separate nations and the over 300,000 villages of Europe alone without a Gospel witness demand that we increase our outreach efforts and expand into new territories. (And we are now hearing the actual need is far greater than the 300,000 estimate we’ve been using for the past 2 years.)
Strong relationships have developed and facilities have been targeted in both Poland and the Ukraine that will now allow us to build the metals parts of the tent and support these with the tops produced in the existing tent workshops. Once five orders have been made in these nations the cash flow should be significant enough to create additional tents for sale in country.
The partners of Christian Adventures have made sacrificial investments into tent production facilities, equipment and supplies which have allowed us to speed up the pace at which we are able to reach the villages. What took 15 years to acquire by purchasing tents and shipping them into the Ex-Soviet counties was doubled in just a few years by manufacturing our own tents in Moscow.