I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. A coffee addict.
I’m also kind of a coffee snob. I mean if it was up to me my church would serve freshly ground, dark roast, Arabica bean coffee in a French press after service every Sunday.
Well, about a year ago and a half ago, my love for coffee led me to the website of an organization called Three Avocados, a nonprofit coffee company in Missouri.
I began reading about it, and the more I read the more excited I became. You see, this is no ordinary coffee company as you may suspect from its name – Three Avocados.
The thing is their name has nothing to do with coffee. But it has everything to do with Three Avocados’ purpose, which is to provide clean drinking water to people in Uganda.
How it all began
The story of Three Avocados begins in the humble village of Bulopa, Uganda. Bulopa, like many other village there, is very remote and extremely poor.
There is a small church there that amounts to nothing more than a few sticks in the ground and some benches. A group of people on a mission trip had been invited to worship with the people of Bulopa.
As the offering basket was passed around, a poor widow placed three avocados in the basket. It was literally all the food she had.
You see, in Uganda, the pastors don’t receive any pay. The food they eat is given through the offering as they visit different villages. That widow had given all she had to ensure someone else could eat. Talk about faith.
The widow’s offering
It was that simple gift that inspired the visitors. They left Uganda brainstorming ways to ensure the poor throughout the world are cared for and are never forgotten. And thus Three Avocados was born.
The widow gave all she had. Sound familiar perhaps?
If you’ve read the story of the widow’s offering in the gospel of Mark, it should.
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small cooper coins, a worth only a fraction of a penny. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44)
Yes, the widow made it happen.
Question: How are you making it happen?