drink coffee do good (.com)

last week i met a great gal named kristi. it’s amazing me how much we have in common already. one thing, is coffee. another is that we share a burden for the country of rwanda (which for me, was sparked by the critically acclaimed film, “hotel rwanda” documenting its horrible genocide & how one man’s bravery saved the lives of thousands). if you haven’t seen it yet, you must, if even for the history, emotional impact & incredible acting. ok, enough advertising…back to our regularly scheduled program:

kristi is a “coffee ambassador” for “the land of a thousand hills coffee“. the rainy climate & volcanic soil there in rwanda is superior for coffee growing, so naturally, their beans are of superior quality. “what’s the difference?” you might ask, “i like my brand from the coffee isle or shop.” well, i got four differences for ya:

buying rwandan coffee means:

  • cultivating excellence in their culture & pride in their main export, coffee. it has been consistently rated 90% or better in excellence. the quality is immediately apparent to regular coffee drinkers.
  • standing up for justice with fair trade ~ to help locals make a living and a profit (they used to earn .40/lb. when it costs .60/to simply grow & harvest…and now they are earning up to 1.86/lb! what a difference. how much? now most can afford schooling and healthcare for their kids).
  • encouraging entrepreneurism which leads to a stronger sense of identity & self-worth. widows and orphans from the genocide 14 yrs ago are greatly influenced today by the coffee trade business.
  • bringing many tribes together again in reconciliation. this one is BIG. here’s an excerpt from the website about the impact, specifically in terms of forgiveness & bringing people of different tribes together:

Those conflicts and disputes among us, where do they come from? They come from our cravings that are at war with in us. We want something and do not have it; so we commit murder. We covet something and cannot obtain it; so we engage in disputes and conflicts (James 4).

Yet if we humble ourselves before God He will exalt us. Reconciliation takes recognizing others’ giftedness and working together. In a real sense it means realizing our need for one another. In the coffee fields of Rwanda, the coffee wash stations, the market places and the churches, reconciliation is happening. Twas, Hutus and Tutsis who were once killing one another are now working together. They are learning of the forgiveness of Christ and forgiving one another. This is all as they work together towards a common goal, a goal of rebuilding their lives, their livelihoods and their country. You too can join in this reconciliation and perhaps the reconciliation in your own life by simply drinking coffee. As you sip this excellent roast, say a prayer for the Rwandans and ask God to help you be at peace with your enemies as well. Drink Coffee. Do Good!

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for more details, head on over to drinkcoffeedogood.com or watch their 3min.video…& think twice before buying your next bag of peets, starbucks, seattle’s best or even millstone. think about stewardship. is my money better spent supporting wealthy american corporations or supporting survivors in rwanda?

if you’re buying beans anyway, now you can get ’em supa-fresh, shipped to your door within a week of roasting, every month, automatically, if you wish. sounds like a win-win to me! lots of causes say, “if you sacrifice just one cup of coffee a day, you could help a child…” well, in this case you can UPGRADE your coffee and help a country!

today kristi gave me a 12oz bag of the medium roast in one of their adorable mugs. how sweeeet is that!? so what’s the coffee like?? ricky & i will be trying it tonight & i’ll post an honest review & rate it (from 1-10) tomorrow. stay tuned and i’ll be back right after this

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raising the bar, pt.3 “confrontation”

matthew 15:18

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. if he hears you, you have gained your brother.”

raise the bar:

i thought it was pretty noble to forgive those who come to me after they’ve offended me. even more so if they never asked for forgiveness out right. but this passage says essentially that if i’m offended by someone’s actions toward me, i don’t wait for him to come a-knockin’ Continue reading

shattered glass

what happens when your world, as peaceful & good as you think it is, falls apart almost suddenly? what do you do when you hear the news – the kind of news that not just changes your year, but your entire life? you can try to move on, do your best to reconcile your feelings of disappointment & confusion. you may find it easier, in the moment, to skirt around the issue or even ignore it. have you ever had a child stand 2 inches from your face, staring at you? it seems impossible to not look back. ignoring never works. looking back is ok until we can say “i’m doing everything i can do to let God work.” looking back as a means of facing your own short-comings with humility & honesty so that you can learn from them, is different than “dwelling in the past”. looking back for short periods with a heart of thankfulness and self-examination is crucial. remembering triggers, thought patterns, habits & lures can be hugely instrumental in keeping us from making poor choices in the future.

and yet, even when we believe it’s been pretty well worked out, reminders have their way, don’t they.

my son helps with a few things around the house like dust-busting the kitchen floor, cleaning, and emptying the dishwasher. tuesday he was moving all the cups to the counter and trying a shortcut by stacking them. just as i saw him stack two glasses, i chimed in, “woah, there! you shouldn’t stack glasses!” quickly, he pulled the top one out of the other. “…they could br…” and it shattered. thin shards flickered all across the floor.

5 years. pornography and a messy affair threatened to obliterate our unity as a family. oh, that’s not how long it lasted. that’s how long ago it happened. both our lives were terribly affected by the lies. there is hope!! but trust is so slow moving. even after this long… after so many boundaries and kept promises, after our marriage has seriously grown, & we are restored, i can still step on a sharp piece of broken glass. it’s few & far between, but we still struggle. we haven’t done all our learnin’ just yet.

a strange text message or email, a late poker night with work friends…they can lead to lies in my head. those bastards (the lies) can stab my sole and make it bleed ’til of course, we talk it out like grown-ups. me & my husband…and me & my God. and i’m healed again.

trust breaks. it happens with abandonment, or the death of someone very close. it happens with verbal or physical or sexual abuse or when a parent lets you down. it happens when your son looks you in the eye & lies.

but i continually find comfort in this truth: His mercies really are new every morning.

have you ever committed to building trust again after it was shattered? how long did it take to restore? do those stupid tiny pieces of broken glass ever really go away…completely?