The Tarrazú coffee region is known for producing some of the best-tasting Arabica coffee in the world. The area is so famous since 1808 it has been called “La Cuna del Café Costarricense" (the birthplace Costa Rican coffee). Coffee plants are grown in this area’s small valleys and amongst tall mountain ranges. This region’s combination of high altitude, sunlight and rain contribute to the development of the Tarrazú's best coffee plant and handpicked bean. The economy of the area revolves around many small land-owners, who harvest and coop the “golden bean,” a moniker that touches on the plant's contribution to the local economy and the place it holds in Costa Rican hearts. The cooperatives support and educate their producers in environmentally friendly growing practices.
Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregation
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5 (ESV)
Life between the horizons of joy and sorrow is the norm for a pastor. Both serious and the joyful circumstances are never far apart, sometimes mere moments separate them. For national pastors who are called to preach God's Word in Latin America and sustain a vital ministry, the reality for the majority is one wherein bi-vocational pastoring is the norm. This is not right or wrong; it is just the reality. There are many difficulties faced by bi-vocational pastors and the emerging church leader:
Time management due to having two full time jobs--the pastorate and their secular job--to provide and income for their families
Isolationism from other ministers
Finding the means to study and grow in a formal environment
Insufficient funds for family needs, health care and no savings for retirement
When pastors are not on solid financial footing, it can hinder their excellence in ministry and erode their personal well-being. The local church, in many of these impoverished parts of Latin America, are doing what they can to meet pastors' personal financial challenges in order to sustain ministries and enable their congregations to flourish.
Your purchasing our coffee helps these pastors individually. Each month we will focus on a national pastor providing information about his family and ministry. With each bag purchased 70% of profits will go to help the highlighted pastor of the month.
“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:6-10
The remaining profit of 30% will be used by missionaries Kevin Reilly and Esteban Amaya in their ministry of training national pastors in Latin America where only 5% of pastors have had formalized theological studies.