It all started...
...when two friends sat down to lunch at Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant. One, the successful business owner with a furniture store. The other, a missionary focused on changing the world, starting with Africa. As the steaming Mexican food was served with cold iced tea, the two discussed how they could pull together to both grow the business and bring about positive change in the world. Change that would last. It would take a strong, customer-focused business and a solid ministry strategy. It would also take financial resources. By the time the plates were empty, they had the start of a plan for a new Rustic Furniture Store. One which offered quality merchandise that would last long enough to be handed down a generation or two... maybe more. One that would offer prices that couldn't be beaten. But also, one that would provide the needed funds to make a difference in the world - and not just one continent or people group. The ministry has now spread throughout Sub-Saharan and West Africa, South and Central America, Europe and the United States. And it continues to grow to this very day.
You see, when you buy from Southern State Rustic, you don't just get beautiful solid-wood furniture at an excellent price. You help change the world.