The Meridzo Center Development Corporation is the business outreach and development arm of Meridzo Center, Inc. With Meridzo Center’s simple mission statement of “Helping People and Sharing Jesus”, one of the obvious needs in this former coal mining community that God has inspired us to help meet in His name is that of basic job skills, and job or small business-related opportunities.
As of 2018, God has used the Development Corporation to provide more than thirty part-time and seasonal jobs to area residents, high school students, and K-TAP and college work study participants.
Joel 2:25 says that the Lord will restore the years that the locust has stolen (paraphrase). Addiction to drugs and alcohol have become a modern plague in our community. We are excited that God has been using the Development Corporation to help participants of Meridzo’s Community Christian Center‘s Celebrate Recovery program restore the years they have lost by offering them the second chance that might not otherwise be available.
At the same time, we have been given the opportunity to share our faith with those we encounter while doing business. In addition to providing jobs our business ministries host Bible studies; sponsor local events such as parades and concerts; help distribute needed items to the community; share our faith and the town’s history with visitors; and, two of our businesses have even had regulars come to us independently seeking baptism as a result of the ministry they received at our “businesses”.
Since 2014 the Meridzo Center Development Corporation has opened Lamp House Coffee (cafe and wholesale coffees), the Black Mountain Exchange (gas station/convenience store), Faithfully Fit (gym), and the Meridzo Agribusiness Center (agricultural development using re-purposed mine buildings and land). We also partner with Greater Vision, LLC to manage two vacation rental properties, in an effort to support local efforts to develop more tourism.
Future plans include a bakery, possibly an ice cream stand in cooperation with a local church to teach their youth business and entrepreneurial skills, and roasting and packaging our Lamp House Coffees.
Meridzo Center Development Corporation
Eric Rutherford, COO / Sissy Rutherford, CFO
202 Church Street, PO Box 668 Lynch, KY 40855