It's said 4 of 5 business start-ups fail.
Why risk so much with the potential of failure? You may be asking a similar question.
We are tackling how to launch new business initiatives centered on the Gospel and Kingdom of God. We desire these businesses to be catalysts for the Gospel to transform lives, change communities, bring reconciliation, and glorify God. Ideally this would happen whether or not the business succeeds, but we are working toward sustainability and success.
Businesses help address several major issues in countries around the world, one of which is access. In many places like Pakistan, Bangladesh, or parts of India, people have restricted access to the church or even a single believer. In other places, like Japan or Turkey, hearts are closed to Jesus. A current example of access is a business in an unreached people group of Southeast Asia that employs several hundred and impacts thousands in their family and relational networks. These are people engaging the Gospel and Kingdom of God naturally throughout their work every week.
Business is only one context to help people have access to the Gospel. Ultimately, we know the Gospel will bring transformation, not business.
If you want to be part of launching or joining Gospel and Kingdom centered businesses... there are a couple businesses that have critical needs in Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. The best way to start is by participating in an Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshop.
We hope to see the Kingdom multiply around the world. It is worth the risk!
– GEN Desk Director
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Second Story Coffee Roasters (SSCR) wants to take care of people. "We want to be a resource to our friends and neighbors, helping them to move closer to who they were made to be. We believe we can do this through coffee, which is the second most traded commodity in the world. Within this large market, we would like to create a business where taking care of people and their stories is as valuable as the quality of our product."
Bryan and Jamie launched SSCR to be a relationally-sourced, primarily single-origin coffee roaster located in Shizuoka, Japan. Currently, they operate on a subscription basis, mailing and delivering coffee to our customers weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, in addition to occasional pop-up coffee stands in the Shizuoka area. They also roast for wholesale and commercial accounts and hope to open a retail location.
Japan is one of the leading consumers of specialty coffee in the world.
Bryan and Jamie have a passion for the art of the craft and take great care to bring precision to every part of the process. But beyond the roast and the cup, they brilliantly illuminate the stories of life... from the plantations, consumers, and themselves. They are also deeply interested in the "second story" that is being written every day.
"SSCR strives to buy direct and fairly traded high quality coffees roasted on location with full knowledge of the story behind each bean. We strive to connect with your story, the 'second story,' as we introduce you to the countries and producers of your daily pleasure, even offering the opportunity to travel with us and experience the communities that produce your coffee."
Their own story to launch SSCR has been written over many years. Read more about a first leg in their journey to launch, "Our Story to Become Missional Entrepreneurs."
A second phase is currently taking place to raise capital needed to secure a new roaster and continue the story. Follow SSCR on Facebook and Instagram, or contact us for more information about Navigator Missional Enterprises and Business as Missions (BAM).
– GEN Desk Director