The Beginning

Dear friends, family and fellow readers, Did you start your morning with a nice, hot cup of coffee? Ever think about where that coffee came from…I mean, before it landed on a shelf at your grocery store? Ever think about the person who grew those coffee beans and picked them by hand?

Coffee represents the largest cash crop and agricultural revenue stream in the world, yet the small indigenous coffee growers receive a disproportionately low percentage of this revenue. The result: coffee growers and their families struggle in a life of poverty and constant need.

I’m excited to tell you that on June 15th-22nd, I will be traveling with a team to the mountains of central Honduras to build and strengthen relationships with the region’s indigenous coffee farmers as well as work with local churches to run a Vacation Bible School strengthening the spiritual health of the community. We are privileged to have the opportunity of serving with Growers First, an organization that equips indigenous small-plot coffee growers with a dignified, sustainable way to provide for their families and communities.

Growers First isn’t about giving money to poor farmers – it’s about something more. Through training, education and collaborative efforts, Growers First helps to break the cycle of poverty. By improving farming practices and keeping the farmer at the center of the supply chain, the annual income of small coffee growers typically increases from 300% to 500% – lifting them out of poverty.

This is accomplished by establishing real, lasting relationships with the coffee growers and addressing other needs in the community from education, to health and wellness, to working with local faith leaders regarding the community’s spiritual well-being. Our team will be primarily working at Ebenezer Church and various churches in the villages of the mountains of central Honduras. We will be putting on a Vacation Bible School program as a way of partnering with these local faith communities in building up the spiritual well being in that area.

Would you consider partnering with me in this endeavor by either prayer support or by helping me raise the funds needed to attend? I need to raise $1,700.00 for my portion of this trip. If you decide to provide financial support, any amount would be very much appreciated. All money donated to this mission is tax deductible.

If you would like to help with fundraising, please send a check to either the church directly at 2659 First Street, Napa, CA 94558 or to 3549 Meadowbrook Dr, Napa, CA 94558. To ensure that you receive a tax deduction, please make the check payable to First Christian Church. On the memo line please write “Honduras” only. Please do not include my name on the check for IRS purposes, but attach this letter so the church will know whom the donation is for. Any amount is amazing, every bit helps!

Prayers for our team, the people we will serve, and for the work of Growers First are also greatly appreciated. If you want to find out more about Growers First, check out their website at these links:  http://www.growersfirst.org/  and http://www.growersfirstcoffee.com/

**If more funds are raised than are needed, the excess funds will be used for other mission endeavors and that there will be no refunds, even in the event that a participant cannot go or the trip is cancelled.  Funds may be held over for a rescheduled trip.**

Thank you for your consideration of support. Looking forward to sharing with you how God is working in Honduras!

If you would like to know more about this trip and what God is doing please feel free to shoot me an email at michelle.rompel@yahoo.com would love to share! Stayed tuned for more updates as well and how the trip is coming along, can't wait.

Michelle Rompel