coffee with courage

The Episcopal Diocese of Honduras is dedicated to assisting people in becoming self-sufficient.  So, I was excited when I had the opportunity to visit an organic coffee plantation that has been operated by Hondurans for the past eight years.  The language school organized the fieldtrip.

Our coffee guide showed us what the beans looked like (see photo) during each step of the process.  When they are picked in October they are sweet.  They turn very small after they are de-hydrated. Water is what makes the coffee bitter. When the beans are roasted the gas in them expands so they are twice as big as when they were dehydrated. After we took a coffee break, which as was delicious, we went out into the fields to look at the organic coffee.

This is where the adventure began.  We came to a small stream, which if we had walked through it may have covered our ankles. Getting our feet wet was once option.  But there was a tree that was cut in half, maybe eight feet off the ground, over the water, that was the second option. We decided to take the “bridge” instead.  The tree was the width of both of my feet.  It took some courage to climb up to the “bridge,” it took  more courage to make it across with out loosing my balance.  So, I said to myself, “keep looking up…don’t look down…focus on getting to the other side.

In reflection I feel certain that God says this to many of us everyday.   The other student, who was in his sixties, went across the last third of the way on his knees.

I am thinking, there is a pretty good chance, that he was praying.   On the return trip he stood up tall the whole way.   Note to self: next time God asks me to go over a bridge of troubled water, “keep looking up…don’t look down…focus on getting to the other side.








  1. carolyn says:

    So very cool- I learned something too about coffee. Don’t like crosssing the brdige thing, but i admire you for taking it on. I like that…don’t look down keep looking forward.
    love ya

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