How one, crazy congregation developed a coffee cooperative

Kingdom Growers

Kingdom grower stills  (25 of 27) (2)In 2005, Heber Alvarez belonged to a “weird” church. It began a coffee cooperative to teach farmers in poor communities how to better grow their coffee and to rise out of poverty. That cooperative, called Cultivadores Del Reino or “Kingdom Growers,” sought to meet the needs of entire villages while also preaching the Gospel.

Not everyone, however, liked the church’s methods. Below, Heber talks about helping the poor when other Christians simply wanted to sit in their pews.

“It has been somewhat difficult. In fact, our church was seen as weird because all the other churches focus on preaching the Gospel inside the church, waiting for the people to come to them to hear the message, and that is where the invitation is made to repent and start their new relationship with God.

However, we understood that God doesn’t want us to wait for them to come, but we have…

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#prayfor

If you are on social media this hashtag is becoming something that we see all too often.  Today it is #prayforNice. Last week this time it was pray #prayforDallas. There have been so many that I have honestly forgotten most of them. 

As I was reading some tweets this morning I came across this: 

“#PrayForNice

Haunted by a picture of a little girl lying dead with her doll next to her. How can people be so evil?😔”

How is it that we forget the evil that exists in this world? Have we become so conditioned to seeing this that we think it is normal? 

I also saw a saying that “peace will win, fear will lose.” This is so true. We know that evil exists in the world. The reality is that evil will exist until Jesus comes back. 

As Christians we are told to pray without ceasing. We should continue to pray for the victims of these horrible attacks. We should pray that God’s word will be proclaimed throughout the world. We need to pray that those under Satan’s control will break free from the bondage of evil. 

Does Racism Exist in America?

We are supposed to have equal rights in America. We all have the constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If racism still exists in America can each citizen have this? Some people believe that racism does not exist. Here is the definition:

prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior: “a program to combat racism” 

synonyms: racial discrimination · racialism · racial prejudice ·

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

Again we are seeing the issue of race in the news and social media. Two African American males have been shot by police officers. These are situations that should never have happened. The situations could have been avoided, but for whatever reason both of these situations escalated to a fatal situation.

Many people believe that these situations occurred because of the color of skin of the victims. I can say that this is very possible. I do not feel that the officers set out at the beginning of their shift to harm a black male. What I do believe is that things got out of control really quickly. Both events were very tragic and I pray for all that are involved. Like many, I wonder if things would have been different if these two people had been Caucasian.

When tragedies such as this occur people start using the hashtag black lives matter. I agree wholeheartedly in this statement. I also agree that all lives matter. God created everyone in His image. He did not create one race to be superior to the other one. One of my favorite Christian rappers, LeCrae, posted on social media about how #alllivesmatter is an insult. I believe he is wrong in this statement. We are all equal at the foot of the cross.

Jesus tells us to come to Him. He tells us that whosoever calls on His name will be saved. This is not referring to one race. It refers to everyone. It refers to all nationalities and all races. God sees us His children. He does not see us as different races.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s many great men fought for equal rights of all. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech during this time. He dreamed of equality for all. When there is prejudice towards a race then certain people are going to lose their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The problem is not that we are born with a prejudice. It is something that is bred into the culture we are in. Look at the innocence of children. Children do not care who you are. Many people need to return to this innocence. More importantly people need to let the love of God take over in their lives. With the love of God there is no room for hatred, discrimination, or prejudice in your heart.

We must come together as a nation. We must stand with those that are oppressed because of their skin color. We can no longer turn a blind eye or deaf ear to racial discrimination. We must stand together and say enough is enough. We can no longer tolerate hate groups such as the Black Panthers of the KKK. I have a dream that we will all see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Presidential Election 

I had every intention of using this forum this morning to complain about what happened yesterday. I was going to show why I feel James Comey was not qualified to lead this investigation due to his previous employment. I chose not too. 

Instead I want to challenge every one. I want to challenge you to pray for our leaders in this country. This includes those that might be elected in November. 

Be honest with yourself did you pray for the FBI director as he was conducting this investigation. Did you pray for Hillary? I do not mean did you pray that she will go to jail. Did you pray that she would tell the truth? More importantly did you pray for God’s will to be done. 

There is a lot of griping on social media and that is understandable. This is probably the most craziest election in my lifetime. There is a lot of things happening that make it appear there is constant deception. 

Instead of griping let’s come together as Christians and start praying. We need to pray for God’s will to be done in November. Maybe Christian leaders need to pray about running for office.