|Boyd and JoAnn White (sitting);|
son Robert White (standing)
JoAnn and Boyd White's customers get more than pottery when they come to J&B Ceramics, they get prayer, encouragement and love. “Sometimes, people will just drop in for prayer. They say that they feel good when they come here.” said JoAnn White co-owner (with husband Boyd) of the San Antonio store.
Everyday, at lunchtime, they serve sandwiches and chips for their customers. They invite everyone to gather in a circle, join hands and pray. Some decline, but all are welcome to eat whether they pray or not.
One man, who claimed disbelief, usually said no, but he was always invited. One day he brought a friend who decided to join the prayer circle. The “unbeliever” decided to join his friend in prayer that day. He' been part of the prayer circle ever since.
“Another woman did not want to pray and snapped, 'Don't ask me again and don't ask [my son] either. He can decide for himself, when he is old enough.” said JoAnn.
One day the little boy asked if he could pray with them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
Not only do the White's bring ministry into their business, they, also bring their business in to ministry. For many years they have offered ceramics classes at Baptist Temple. The classes are attended by members from the church and the community. A local adult daycare is also part of the ceramics ministry family. Like at J&B Ceramics, people receive a lot of Jesus love and encouragement.
Ceramics classes are offered at Baptist Temple on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Classes are free except the cost of materials.