Unexpectedly in mid-August 2018 we lost our warehouse which resulted in halting donations and postponing work. This came as a shock and without warning!
We are now seeking a new base of operations. We are confident that the Lord has a space designated to do His work to help those in need worldwide. We have contacted many realtors and have visited many sites. None have been either financially feasible or operationally probable. There has been much activity, but none has brought us to the end result of a space in which to gather, sort, pack and ship to those in need.
The area south and west of West Chester, PA – including the Wilmington, DE, area – would be most desirable for our branch’s operation. The amount of space desired is from 5000 sf to 7000 sf. Restrooms, some heat and air conditioning, access for semi-tractor trailers and parking are desired needs. The options for obtaining a site are many:
1. Lease space at a nominal rate. Our initial cost in 2002 was $1 per sf. That eventually increased to $1.74 per sf in 2017. Most current warehouse space ranges from $5 to $10 per sf. As a volunteer organization which raises all of its own funds this is not feasible. Our total budgeted limit for leasing space is only $1,500 per month because our greatest expenditure is for shipping which ranges from $4,000 to $12,000 per container. Who do you know that might have space at this rate or would donate the space as a charitable gesture?
2. Purchase a property with sufficient space. The owner of a business which is closing or a facility which has been vacant for a period of time might offer a lease agreement with the option to purchase the property. A vacant school, retail shop, grocery store or warehouse are all possible candidates. This option would require a fund-raising project. Who do you know who might know of someone who would be aware of this option?
3. Undertake the construction of our own facility. Our last option would be the greatest challenge. We would need about an acre of land on which to build, develop plans, obtain permits, hire a contractor and raise funds. We do have volunteers willing to supply a large portion of the intellectual talent needed. Who do you know who would either donate an acre of land or provide us with a long-term lease?
4. Other – ???
We thank you for your support as we continue to pray and search for space in which to operate the Mid Atlantic Branch of Orphan Grain Train. Please prayerfully consider the above options and contact Cliff Kraft at 610 420 0380 with any information which comes to your mind.
To God alone be the glory
Cliff Kraft, Manager, Mid Atlantic Branch, Orphan Grain Train
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3