Late last Fall PotteryWorks received amazing news. The magazine Better Homes and Gardens wanted our dinnerware for their March edition. We sent our dishes in, they took pictures of them, and promptly sent them back. We excitedly told everyone that our pottery, stuff that we had labored over for months, was going to be shown in the country’s fourth best selling magazine.
We had, with our carefully crafted business plan, worked out that we needed to be selling a lot of dinnerware every week to be able to support more workers, and we hadn’t reached that goal yet; however, with all the new orders that were sure to begin rolling in, we needed more staff. Specifically, we needed to jump start our plan to hire youth workers. We hired Sam and Carrie, taught them what we knew of the trade, and began to create a back stock of dishes for the projected influx of orders. They learned quickly and were a wonderful addition to our team.
We visited the local supermarkets often, sometimes twice daily, the month our plates were scheduled to grace the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. We couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves.
People kept asking us when the magazine would come out.
When it finally arrived, our dinnerware set was not there.
It took a while for us to learn what had happened, but here’s the short of it. Originally Better Homes and Gardens had three pages featuring different dinnerware, but then one of those pages needed to be cut.
The page with our Art Deco dinnerware set was dropped.
Needless to say, we were more than a little annoyed and disappointed. I immediately went back to our business plan. We weren’t selling enough dishes to support the staff we now had. I thought that we would either have to increase sales or go through the process of cutting our number of employees.
Legacy Ministries is about people.
Even though we were creating these beautiful dinnerware sets, our main goal wasn’t to make money.
It was to change people’s lives, and you don’t change people’s lives by selling them a plate, no matter how handmade it was. You can’t change people’s lives by following a business plan, no matter how carefully crafted and logical it seems.
You change people’s lives by looking at the costs, the potential problems, and common sense and putting that aside for the chance to work with people in need.
The mission of Legacy Ministries is founded on the belief that Jesus Christ can transform people’s lives through creativity and community. It’s important for me to remember that someone’s life is worth far more than I, than any of us, can ever pay.
We decided to trust that God would provide, and we kept all of our employees. Since that time, our needs have been provided for. I occasionally lose sight of our goal, falling prey to the easy idea of profit above all else, but something always happens to bring me back around.