Joseph’s Storehouse – the name and idea are actually taken from the Bible.
One of the Bible’s famous men is Joseph, a young man who overcame incredible adversity and became one of the “founding fathers” of the nation of Israel. He was the last big leader before Moses, and the Bible tells us that Joseph played a major role in history.
Joseph’s story is found from Genesis 37-50, and after so many circumstances that would have broken the average man, Joseph ascended to power through some God-given dreams, and he became the 2nd in command in Egypt at that time, second only to Pharaoh himself.
The dreams Joseph had that helped him reach that position of power were dreams about a massive famine that was going to drastically affect Egypt and (at that time) the known world. Because God had warned Joseph through these dreams, Joseph was able to, as a national leader, prepare Egypt for this famine through a great strategy of building storehouses.
These storehouses were built during times of plenty, and food was stored up, so that when the famine came, rather than starve, Egypt survived and actually fed other nations. The Bible describes what happened: “So with severe famine everywhere, Joseph opened up the storehouses and distributed grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout the land of Egypt. And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.” (Genesis 41:56-57)
Joseph’s storehouses blessed the nations and revealed his heart of compassion. It is our prayer that Joseph’s Storehouse of Rochester be a place that blesses our local community and shows God’s love in some of the most practical ways we know.