owners of Jireh International, Jim and Tootie Owens,
have been in the safety business since the late 70's.
In September of 1981 they founded Owens Safety Supply,
Inc., in Richmond, VA., later that fall they purchased
Southern Safety Services in Fredericksburg, VA. By 1983
they had expanded to Chesapeake, VA where they founded
the mid 80's the Owens felt the call of the Lord for
a new beginning. In 1985 they sold their interests in
Southern Safety Services and Obbco Safety. In 1987 they
shut down Owens Safety and opened Jireh International
Inc., N.A. Owens Safety had gone through some major
financial setbacks due to several large customers filing
for bankruptcy, however the Owens never considered bankruptcy
relief from their financial difficulties.
Lord guided them into developing Jireh International
and provided the way even when there was no capital
to start over. The Lord supernaturally provided several
large orders in the beginning months that provided the
"start-up" capital for this new adventure.
by His direction the Owens did not seek bankruptcy relief
from the debt of Owens Safety but personally paid off
every vendor and bank all that was owed by Owens Safety
International Inc., N.A. is a strong, successful
supply company and a true testimony to the provision
of the Lord Jesus Christ and His faithfulness to those
that follow Him. In Hebrew the word Jireh means: God
our provider, and since inception, Jireh International
has helped to support missionaries, churches and relief
missions both locally and around the world.
International's success is due to God's blessing
resulting from the faithful following of the directions
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our mission is to be the best
supply house possible and to fulfill God's will for
our lives and help our employees and others to answer
His call upon their lives.
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