We purchased a used air roaster in October 2007, found a place to put it in December, started roasting in February, and opened our doors in March 2008.
The name Abednego comes from the book of Daniel in the old testament. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were living in the time when the Jews were exiled in Babylon. The king of Babylon demanded that everyone must bow to him and worship him or they would be thrown into a furnance. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused, so the king got angry, and through them into the flames. A miracle happened, they lived, God saved them. These three defied a king, the most powerful king in the world at the time, and chose death over playing by his rules.
I am told our business plan won't work, but so far, we are roasting the highest quality coffee we can, paying our bills, and giving the rest away. Amazing things happen to green coffee beans when they are in the fire. Amazing things happened when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in the flames and I believe amazing things can still happen when we decide to follow God over playing by the rules.