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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