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A Vision Birthed in Trust

I’ll be honest, transparent. I wasn’t looking forward to yet again traveling half way around the world! The two-day trip to Iringa, Tanzania would be grueling for this 58-year old body.
I have been there many times before! So, why again? Because this trip was to be special.
It was the tenth year anniversary trip and it would prove to be the most eye-opening for me.

God’s word says that He is able to do more than you will ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) and that is what He has done in Tanzania. Let me explain. About fourteen years ago, God gave Kim and I a desire, an idea, a directive, a nudge (whatever it was) to build an orphanage. Of course, we thought it was to
be built for Miracle Hill Ministries in Greenville, SC. For us, that would have been about a twenty-minute drive across town. But God said no – not twenty minutes across town.

A few months later, we had a potential English partner express a desire to build an orphanage in Romania. With much anticipation, Floyd Parker and I bought plane tickets to Romania. After visiting the potential construction site and reviewing the plans, I felt assured that it was not a match with our vision.

We returned home, and then God went silent.  We did not hear anything about building an orphanage from God for another eighteen months.

Then, in 2005, Floyd met Mpeli and Neema Mwaisumbe in Iringa, Directors of DBLCH, and the rest is history.  We discovered that Iringa had one of the highest aids related deaths in the world … and desperately needing an orphanage to care for children who were living in the bush. My thought was, “God, you are kidding, right? Build an orphanage halfway around the world in a partnership with people whom I have never met? That is crazy, how can we trust them? How about doing this twenty minutes across town, instead of two days across the globe?” God seemed to say, “just trust.” I realized, trust is the only thing we really have. So, in 2006, Daily Bread Life Orphanage opened to its first orphans. Several years later, the children asked to change the name to Daily Bread Life Children’s Home because now, they said, “we have a mother and a father.” With trust, and now 10 years later, over 80 children have been given a home, food, clothing, medical care, and love. Fifteen who once lived in the bush have grown into young adults studying in technical colleges and universities preparing for their future. Since this journey began, five Christian churches have been started, three businesses established, with several more planned, a secondary school has been built, a widows ministry has begun, and a foster care organization established with over 240 kids in Tanzania family foster care. Most important of all, untold numbers have come to know Christ for the first time! Wow!

God did not choose Greenville or Romania – He chose Tanzania. He determines the place and the details. We determine if we are to trust.

Halfway around the world, God led us to join in His work to impact the lives of people we did not know.  Why half way around the world? Trust and obey, there is no other way.

-Kip Miller, President/CEO of Eastern Industrial Supplies

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Eastern Cares: Mission Trip to Samana, Dominican Republic

We love hearing about the trips our Ambassadors take around the world to show caring can happen anywhere! Rich L, Atlanta Inside Sales, and his family went on a mission trip with their church to Samaná, Dominican Republic. Here are his comments and pictures!

“Thank you for your support of our mission trip to Samaná, Dominican Republic. The experience was something we will never forget. The work was back-breaking but very rewarding. VBS [Vacation Bible School] with the kids was fun and exciting. The people were friendly and loving. We thoroughly enjoyed taking a siesta every day from 12pm-2pm, wish we worked this was in the U.S.” – Rich L.

Dominican Republic Church

The church, where we ate all our meals.

Pastor's Home

The work site was the pastor’s home. We filled all the floors with dirt and we are now experts at digging and the “bucket brigade.”

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At church on Sunday, birthdays from the previous week were honored.

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The Bucket Brigade!

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Games during Vacation Bible School at the church!

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Time to learn something!

New Friends

One of the many new friends that Ashlee made during VBS Days.

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Another new friend!

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2016 American Heart Association Heart Walk

For the second year in a row, we sponsored the amazing American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. The past two years we have had a phenomenal time participating in this event and joining the fight against heart disease. Here’s a little information from their website:

“The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers. Thank you, our walkers, donors, and volunteers who help fight heart disease and stroke.”

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Here are some pictures from the day of the event! It’s so awesome we had so many Eastern Ambassadors out on Saturday to show support!

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Eastern Industrial Supplies Inc sign with American flag
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AHA Heart Walk Eastern 2.5 mile Marker Sign
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AHA Heart Walk Finish Line
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AHA Heart Walk - Learning CPR
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New Eastern and supplyFORCE Video

“supplyFORCE delivers MRO solutions through our network of local and regional distributors that is comprised of 175+ members with more than 2,900 branch locations, ensuring that each plant gets the service they need.

Our MRO programs offer a focused approach that create savings and improve your overall MRO buying and management functions. By choosing supplyFORCE, your flexible and innovative business partner, we can help you reduce your suppliers and on-hand inventory. supplyFORCE will help you define your program objectives and work closely with you to achieve maximum results. Once the objectives are defined, we will help you assess which program suits your needs. From the detailed implementation meetings to training programs for your staff, our professional Field Sales Team will ensure a smooth transition. In order to maintain the momentum and achieve the savings results that you require, the supplyFORCE team will conduct business review meetings and provide you with detailed spend analysis reports to make sure we are always on track and meeting the needs of your cross-functional team.”

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Kingdom Way Ministries has a chat with Kip about Caring

Kingdom Way Ministries’ Dan Anderson did an interview with Eastern’s President/CEO, Kip Miller. It’s a great article on how we care and make it part of our company culture to do so!

Revelation 22:12  “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

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Eastern & The Journey Christian Newspaper

The Journey Christian Newspaper  featured Eastern’s story and culture of caring. In this article, writer Marcia Moston says, “Eastern Cares is not just a Logo. It is the heartbeat of this industrial supply company.” Eastern Cares is our heartbeat!

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“Eastern Excellence” featured in Wholesale & Distribution International Magazine

WDI Magazine Fall 2015 edition has a great article about the amount of importance we place on our people and our values. We hope you take the time to check it out!

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Eastern Volunteers at Special Olympics 2015

Volunteering always brings a smile to my face. The smile gets bigger when I get to volunteer with 15 to 20 of my co-workers who are just as passionate about improving the lives of others as myself. The past few years, Eastern has been given the opportunity to be a part of the GE Volunteer group that goes to Furman University and help run a few game booths at the Special Olympics.

This was my second year attending and for the second time, I had a blast. We had people helping with 6 different booths, handing out prizes, running the games, and my personal favorite blowing up balloons to hand out. I have yet to figure out what it is about a balloon that brings such happiness to a person, but I’ve seen the proof of it many times. A little bit of helium and a bit of colored rubber are two ingredients for immense joy.

 

I can’t tell you why my co-workers came out that day, whether they knew someone participating or just love a good cause. What I can say is, everyone there that day made a difference in someone’s life. It always surprises me when we get together, the laughter and joy we each possess. We could be tying our 50th balloon for the day, having to slip around in the mud to retrieve a game piece, or reaching to the top of the tent for the specific balloon someone requested. My co-workers, my Eastern Family members, my friends. Them? They are always laughing and making the most of life.

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Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. Acquires Greensboro Pipe Company, Greensboro, NC

Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. (EISI), Greenville, SC, a wholesale distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, plumbing, and industrial specialties – with branch locations in SC, NC, GA, FL, AL, and TN – announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Greensboro Pipe Company, Greensboro, NC. The Greensboro location will become the fifteenth branch for the company.

The acquisition of Greensboro Pipe Company (GPC), a supplier of pipe, valves, fittings and related products, extends Eastern’s growing footprint. Kip Miller, President and CEO of Eastern, stated: “This acquisition is in line with strategic efforts to expand our base of business, strengthen customer support, and improve operational efficiencies.” Rob Livingston, former President of Greensboro Pipe, said: “We feel confident that our partnership with Eastern will enable us to make positive changes for ourselves, our employees, as well as our customers and vendors.”

Further, Livingston stated: “Joining Eastern was a good fit for us. It enables us to provide improved service, more competitive pricing, and will add depth to our organization. We are excited to add to our market basket valve automation, fabrication services including cutting, threading and grooving of pipe and technical expertise across multiple verticals, including power technologies.”

Miller stated that he is impressed with the efficiencies of GPC and the way Rob Livingston cares for his employees. “GPC has a number of longstanding employees which speaks well of GPC’s leadership and position in the marketplace. They recognize the worth of people.”

Rob Livingston has been employed by Eastern and will continue working with the Greensboro location in a sales leadership role.

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Eastern Industrial Supplies Named One of the 40 Best-Performing Companies in SC

Read the press release!

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