We are both currently working in specialty coffee shops in the Kansas City, MO and Boston, MA areas. Westside Family Church has asked us to help start their new coffee endeavor in Pua, Thailand. In order to do so, we need your help. We have seen Christ work through the medium of coffee and community too often to pass this opportunity up to help others see the same progress in their community. We leave January 3rd and return on January 14th.
"This video is about an opportunity we have to go to Thailand and serve the community there. Westside Family Church Pua was planted in 2006 by Saman and Nok Jantawong.
In the last seven years, Saman and his wife have started a community church, a small general store run by the children to teach them entrepreneurship skills, a children's home for the impoverished hill tribe orphans and vulnerable children, as well as a bicycle repair shop and a small radio broadcast to empower the community.
To supplement the Christ-centered community, WFC is opening a coffee shop in Pua, in January of 2014. The coffee industry in Thailand had grown tremendously over the past five years, and specialty coffee has been discovered by the general public. Westside coffee will not only provide excellent coffee to Pua, but it will also be used as a training center for young entrepreneurs.
The shop will purchase its beans from a local farm in Mani Pruek village, which is one hour north of Pua. Several of the kids in the children's home are from the village, and WFC Pua has been investing in the spiritual development of the people of Mani Pruek since 2006. Specialty coffee in Thailand is such a new industry that access to training is extremely limited. WFC wants its coffee shop to be excellent in order to best serve and impact the community.
Josiah and I have been asked to help Saman and his team open up the coffee shop and to train them in the art of espresso, to help choose the decor, menu and the layout as well.
Friends and family, this is where we need your help. WFC has agreed to pay for half of our travel expenses, which total around $4,000. This means we need to raise $2,000 just to get to Thailand. We are asking another $500 for lodging, transportation and food expenses.
The coffee shop is on an extremely tight budget, so any money you give past the $2,500 that we asked will be given to help start the shop.
Thank you for taking the time to watch our video, thank you for all the prayers and any donations, and thank you for allowing us to love others as well."
Music by Jon Bryant, fettering his song "Evening Sun"