Things are not looking good for the marine industry. Fred and I just got word yesterday that the facility that we work at will be closed for the next three weeks. Thankfully, we are going to the facility in Georgia next week; so, we'll only be off without pay for two weeks. This is a very difficult time.
Our company was started by my dad and his business partner almost 20 years ago. It's become like a brother or sister to me over the years. I've seen all of the blood, sweat and tears that my dad and his business partner have put into this company and it's hard to see all of the walls slowly crumbling down.
I am thankful that we were purchased a year and a half ago by a publicly traded company. Who knows where we would be if they hadn't bought us?
I am really scared for my job, Fred's job, and my dad's job. This is truly our family business. We've had to lay off hundreds of people over the last couple of months and it's devastating. I just don't see it getting better. I'm not sure that we've hit rock bottom.
Please say a prayer for us and those other's who have lost their jobs or fear that their jobs are in jeopardy. We can only look to God in these types of cases.
On a happier note, I was asked by one of my cousins to write my other cousin a letter of encouragement for her upcoming mission trip to Columbia. I feel so honored to be asked to be a part of this amazing experience in her life. I don't know if I could ever travel to a foreign country and try to lead other's to Christ. I am so proud of her and I pray that these people see the "light" inside of her and are led to Jesus Christ. Please say a prayer for her and her team as they travel to Columbia next week.