In April this year I began volunteering at a non-profit coffee shop, Rio Coco Cafe (http://www.riococobeans.com/). What initially excited me about this coffee shop was that the profits made from selling coffee go directly to a mission group called Seek the Lamb (http://seekthelamb.org/). They educate, mentor, and train children on the Rio Coco River in Nicaragua. Without Seek the Lamb’s intervention on the Rio Coco River these children would not receive a quality education. I was excited that I could become a coffee nerd, volunteer my time, and in the process provide support for a quality missions organization dedicated to educating Nicaraguan children.
After volunteering for only a month at one of the three Rio Coco coffee shops, I was asked to travel to Utila, Honduras to volunteer at the coffee shop there. From June 15th to July 18th, I lived in a small house situated right above the coffee shop. There I discovered a whole different side to coffee ministry. I have been on many mission trips. Mission trips often encompass door to door evangelism or handing out tracts on the street. Mission trips often require you to go to people to tell them the gospel and introduce them to Christ. I never did this in Utila. Due to having the best coffee on the island, hundreds of people come through our coffee shop every week. Most of them are scuba divers, backpackers and travelers, doctors and engineers on vacation, and they come from all over the world. I spoke to people from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada, all over South America and many more places. I had the opportunity to sit down with these people and talk with them. Over coffee I heard incredible story after incredible story. Over coffee I listened to the thoughts and concerns of all different types of people. Over coffee I got to share my experiences and what I have learned so far in life. Over coffee I got to share the gospel with people.
People from all over Utila walk or bike to sit down and have a cup of coffee with us. There is constant interaction, constant conversation, and we are constantly questioned. Everyone I work with at Rio Coco lives a life that demands an explanation. This intrigues the travelers that come through Rio Coco in Utila and they often ask us why we do what we do. These people, whether they realize it or not, are asking us to share the gospel with them. Since they really want to hear what we have to say, what we say goes in one ear and makes itself at home in their thoughts. I honestly cannot think of a better way to share the gospel than over a cup of coffee with a new friend who is asking me questions about Christianity. In this setting there is a yearning to understand and to learn. In this setting seeds are planted in good soil.
The day I left Utila I knew I wanted to go back. So I prayed about it and I have complete peace about this decision. On September 8th I will be flying back to Utila to stay until November 20th. Please partner with me for the next 4 months in prayer. Specifically that I may be able to communicate the Gospel through both words and actions over coffee. I am also in need of financial support. All of my support will be raised through Seek the Lamb Ministries. All donations are tax deductible.
Checks can be made payable to:
Seek The Lamb Inc.
P.O. Box 2151
Vero Beach FL 32961
In the Memo line you please write “Nick Ayers.”
Thank you for your support!