Tuesday, February 11
Pasqual’s face comes alive when he talks about his organic coffee and the cooperative to which he belongs. Without any hesitation or notes, he details all the advantages that come from what he is doing:
- Land once clear-cut for cattle grazing is now coming back as forest to provide shade for the coffee.
- The spring on that land, which used to go dry for part of the year, now produces fresh water year-round.
- He and his young family are eating fruit from nearby trees, without any chemical sprays on it.
- He is receiving a better price for his coffee because it is of higher quality and sold at a fair-trade price through his cooperative and the Union of Cooperatives. His family is therefore living better, and he is confident that his little daughter will be able to receive the education that he never had.
Pasqual’s father and grandfather farmed this same land, but without the care that he has given to it. And now this 25-year-old is producing bigger and higher-quality crops than they ever did. Pasqual and other young people like him are changing the face of rural Nicaragua. When you buy coffee from Nicaragua through the Presbyterian Coffee Project, some of it comes from Pasqual’s farm.
— Rev. Dr. Douglas Orbaker, former PC(USA) mission coworker, Managua
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Council of Evangelical Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD): Carlos Cardenas Martinez, disaster mitigation/environmental management and agriculture
Council of Evangelical Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD): Damaris Albuquerque, executive director • Interchurch Center for Theological and Social Studies (CIEETS): Jairo Arce, general director • Moravian Church in Nicaragua: Rev. Gonzalo Paiz, superintendent
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
For the dry ground that now produces crops, for the dry springs that now bring forth water, and for the people whose work helps to make that happen, we give you thanks, O Lord. Amen.