Blessings to your September everyone,
I hope and pray you are well. Here is some important news about the San José Café Project:
Newville Location: First, I have unfortunate news for those who have been supporting this project locally in Newville, Pennsylvania and the greater area. Due to the pandemic, my parents unexpectedly decided to sell the coffee shop (the sale was made final last Tuesday to a man local to Newville) so we will no longer be able to open at that location. I have made an effort to meet personally with several of you and I thank you sincerely for your help and understanding during these difficult times. Nonetheless, the project will still move forward! Our hope is that our products will be made available via an online store anywhere in the US in the future.
Next Steps & New Website: My community and I are taking some time to properly consider the next step. I will keep you informed via this newsletter. Also, although it is under construction at the moment, here is our new website if you would like to take a look: sanjosecafe.org created by a generous company named CourseVector that helps nonprofits create websites free of charge. Also, please continue to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to show your support (The Instagram page is now called “sanjosecafe_moc” instead of sanjosecafe_newville).
Products: Although we are not at the moment able to acquire coffee and further establish the export process because of the pandemic, I still have in stock one large wooden Jesus cross (shown below) and several rosaries, rosary bracelets, and key-chains. Please click here to see the products and the suggested donations for them to support Noe (rosaries), Reina (rosary bracelets), or Don Chema’s boys (keychains and the cross). If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a video of Noe sharing about his story and the rosaries.
Finally, today we celebrate in a special way the Triumph of the Cross. Although the pandemic has ravaged our country, know that the situation in Honduras and developing countries continues to be in a sense much more severe without the proper resources to endure it as many continue to go without work or even without meals – your support is truly appreciated through making a donation for our products and especially through your prayers (if you want to sponsor a child, please let me know!). As the faith of the Hondurans has taught me time and time again, we may have to suffer much in this life, but glorious triumph will come! We will know victory in Christ on this journey to heaven.
Know that you all are in my continued prayers. Please pray for myself, my Missioners of Christ community as we make big decisions in the coming weeks, and always the poorest of the poor throughout the world.
-Nick, SJC Project Manager