|Colombian Coffee Kids|
In the mountains of Colombia, where some of the world’s best coffee is grown, there are children who are unwittingly changing the story of Colombia. Before these kids were taller than the coffee plants, they ran through the fields helping their parents’ plant and cultivate the coffee, bananas, pineapples and other typical crops in the area. In Colombia, being able to go to school is a privilege and a luxury, not an expectation. Many of these mountain kids have only imagined what going to school would be like, because it’s not an option for them, so they work in the fields with their parents to make ends meet.
Sometimes people notice these children working day-in and day-out, but it’s definitely not everyday they get noticed. When we drink our coffee we don’t always think about where it comes from or who harvested it. Even when people walk right by the coffee fields, the only acknowledgement these kids may receive is a simple head-nod. Inca Link Colombia was not satisfied with just a head-nod, so we did something. We got to know their names, we heard their stories, and we showed them love and attention. What a privilege it has been to develop these relationships.
Through this obedience, God has entrusted Inca Link Colombia with a very important ministry. Reaching these kids for Christ. We do this in several different ways, but one way was after this past Christmas. We had so many gracious donors, that we were able to give out 333 pairs of shoes to the children in Colombia from the “Shoes for Orphans” drive. Thank YOU! Although putting brand new shoes on these kids was wonderful, we want something more than giving them a physical gift. We want to give them the gift of God’s love, so that they will grow in stature and spiritual knowledge.