Happy Father’s Day! In Honduras, Father’s Day is celebrated today. May the joy of the Lord refresh and sustain all fathers today during these difficult times.
Though our access to resources is limited here in the U.S. right now, I especially ask for your prayers and support for the poor of the developing world who have even less access… In Honduras, for instance, many who go out each day to sell food or other items to be able to eat the next day are currently quarantined to their homes and not able to work. Please pray for them and their families.
A Cry for Spiritual Fatherhood: Although today Father’s Day is “celebrated” in Honduras, the reality is that fatherhood is very broken in a culture where fathers often abandon their children and spouses, so celebrating the day becomes more of just a joke among most Hondurans. Yet, hope always remains: I would especially like to honor a man named Don Chema (centerin pic), a strong man of God who with his amazing, beautiful wife (far left in pic) decided to turn their own home into a foster home. In addition to their three sons, they took in eight more boys from local impoverished families… these teenage boys make the wooden products we hope to sell via this San José Café project.
This year we introduced three new children into our scholarship program in Honduras, none of which have fathers present in their lives: two of them were abandoned by their fathers and the third was abused by their father and had to leave with her mother and siblings to escape the situation. Would you consider being a spiritual father (or spiritual mother) to one of these children? Each of them need monthly sponsors ($30/month)– a spiritual parent who can provide for these children and accompany them through prayer and sending and receiving letters (we are also currently brainstorming different creative products the children will be able to make to sell at our shop and further support the program). I personally sponsor a boy in the program who does not have a father and it has been a massive blessing in my life to be able to pray for him daily and get to know him over the years.
Coffee & Product Updates: My March trip to Honduras was canceled so we will not have access to coffee for a month or more. Also, multiple major events to fundraise and promote the project were canceled. As someone who relies on benefactors for my livelihood, I humbly ask you for financial support during this crisis – I would be sincerely grateful…$10 a month, $50 a month, a one-time donation, whatever you are able to give to support myself and this project (donate here). I trust God, who takes care of the ‘birds of the air and the fish of the sea’, will take care of me and all of us economically affected by this crisis if only we put our trust in Him. Thank you to those who are already supporting – know that you are truly sustaining me right now. In the past few days, I recently made a strong connection with an importer and am making great progress with the resources I have access to. May we continue to work diligently, knowing our reward will be in heaven! “Work is a good thing for man – a good thing for his humanity – because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes ‘more a human being’“ -St. John Paul II, Laborem Exercens
Volunteers Needed at the Shop: If you find you have time you can spare to help at the shop, please let me know! There is still plenty that needs fixed… from building picnic tables, to insulation, to several other tasks.
Thank you for supporting this project! Each of you and your families are in my prayers especially as we navigate through this crisis. Lord, may Your Holy Will be done, we trust in You in all things and we cling to you who are Love.