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Dancing and Celebrating

Do you ever get the feeling that you just don’t know how to celebrate well? Do you wonder what you’re missing out on? Watching some of the workers dance at a recent coffee farm celebration made me acutely aware that celebration is something I do poorly if I do it at all.

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Taking time out of the routine to celebrate the good things in our lives will help us cope when the bad things come. Dancing–psychically moving–to celebrate does more than increase your energy. It can increase your ability to handle setbacks and can enhance an optimistic outlook on life. Look for things to celebrate and then get out of your chair and dance!

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https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/imperfect-spirituality/201512/why-you-should-celebrate-everything

 

Be mindful..

Just for today, since it’s World Water Day, take a little extra care on how you use this precious, life-giving resource.

Simple ways to conserve include turning off the water while you brush your teeth, wash your hands or wash your hair. Take short showers instead of a bath.

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Do not run the dishwasher unless it’s full and if you hand wash your dishes, do not keep the water running while you rinse.

When washing clothes, do only full loads and make sure to adjust the water level for the amount of clothes in the machine.

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Keep a container of water in the refrigerator for drinking instead of running the faucet until the water’s cold.

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Fix all leaky pipes and toilets–a “running” toilet can waste more than 100 gallons a day! (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/ws/wtrcnsv.html)

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Perhaps, after doing this for just one day, because it’s World Water Day, you will be encouraged to do it everyday. You can be an example to your family and friends on the simplicity of conserving this valuable resource which we so often take for granted.

World Water Day-March 22

At least 1.8 billion people on our planet are getting their water from contaminated sources. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs391/en/)

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Almost 3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases. (http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/takingcharge.html)

The average American uses 80- 100 gallons a day. 80 gallons would weigh about 667 pounds–can you imagine if you had to walk, pump and carry that much water each day? That chore would take 16-five gallon jerry cans to provide water for just one person. If you could carry two jerry cans at a time (84 pounds!), it would take 8 trips to the pump. If you had to walk a mile each way and stand in line to wait your turn, it could easily take you 45 minutes per trip which would consume 6 hours each and every day to provide the amount of water just one person in the United States uses.  (https://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html)

On March 22, do something about it. If you drink Ugandan Gold Coffee, you are partnering with us to do something about the water crisis. To get more involved, have a cup of Ugandan Gold Coffee and think, dream and plan about what you could do. Better yet, share some Ugandan Gold Coffee with your friends, families and neighbors and talk about what you could do as a group. Challenge each other to make a difference in this very real crisis for so many with whom we share this beautiful planet.

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Are You Thirsty?

When was the last time you were really thirsty? I don’t mean the feeling you have after a work-out or yard work in the sun. I mean the thirst you feel when it has been way too long since you had a gulp of cool, clean water, when your tongue feels like it’s swollen and stuck to your teeth, when all you can think of is the sweet sensation of crystal, cool water relieving your distress. Have you ever felt that way?

Millions of children feel that way every day–and the only relief they will get will be an unsatisfying, small cup of unclean water, carried for miles from the local watering hole which is used by both people and animals for their daily needs.

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On our last trip to Uganda, despite many bottles of water and careful efforts to stay hydrated, I felt that way. The hot, dry day, baking under the unmerciful equatorial sun, had depleted me. Trudging up a long steep hill, I desired nothing more than cool water, yet I was in a place where that resource we take for granted was just not available. I felt that awful thirst which only lasted a relatively short time before I was able to obtain the water I needed. Yet I won’t forget that feeling and it breaks my heart that millions of children rarely get relief from their thirst. I hope it breaks your heart as well–so much so that you do something about it. Partner with us to provide that necessary water to children and their families in Uganda.  Click on this link to donate now: http://www.ugandangold.com/

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Thank you!

We’re back home..

Traveling half-way around the world is not to be viewed lightly. It takes time, effort and energy. The rewards from traveling half-way around the world, however, make the time, effort and energy well worthwhile. I was privileged to visit the Wambabya coffee farm and be part of Jessca’s celebration. I know that the workers on the coffee farm are hard-working and dedicated to growing great coffee. I learned that our coffee workers are also caring, energetic and lots of fun.

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The CEED business manager, Herbert Asiimwe, planned a terrific party to celebrate Jessca’s 17 years of work with the Ugandan Gold Coffee farm as the farm manager. There was music (with a DJ!), a fantastic lunch, singing and dancing and a few speeches that were testimony to Jessca’s hard work and devotion.

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I also got my first taste of obushera–a local drink made with millet and many other ingredients. Jessca’s obushera is famous.

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Traveling half-way around the world is arduous and time-consuming, yet the people we meet and the time we spend with them will be remembered for a lifetime.

And, down on the farm…

This time next week, a team from the US will be visiting our friends in Uganda. We will be at the coffee farm a few times; one day we will celebrating the impending retirement of the farm manager, Jeesca Buteraba. She has worked for CEED since 1999, managing the farm. We are grateful for Jessca, her talents and her hard work which she has given so faithfully to the coffee mission.

“I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Thank you, Jessca!!

This year…

The year 2017 started two weeks ago, and if you’re like me, the time has flown by.  We are busy with starting things new, making resolutions, cleaning up after the holidays and probably paying bills. In the midst of the busy activity, take time to take stock of your blessings, enjoy the life you’ve been given, and make some changes where they’re needed. Be able to look back in December 2017 and say to yourself’ “I’m a _______ person than I was in January.” You fill in the blank.

Have a cup of our delicious Caramel Pecan-flavored coffee while you’re thinking what that might be. For myself, I want to be a kinder, gentler person–ask me in December if I’ve managed. Or better yet, ask those have to deal with me day in and day out!

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First taste of coffee!

We asked Worth Helms, one of the founding members of Ugandan Gold Coffee, to write about his involvement in Ugandan Gold Coffee and his takeaways from the journey of founding to retiring. Here is his story:

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“I’ve been involved with the coffee farm of Ugandan Gold since its planting in 2000. By 2002 we had 37.5 acres planted, but in May 2002, the board of directors was distraught because we did not have money to buy mulch in preparation for the dry season to retain moisture for the young trees. We prayed for money but none came.  We were beating ourselves up pretty badly, until one day we received a call from our farm manager that a miracle had taken place. ‘What’s the miracle?’, we asked.

‘Well, in Uganda, as in most third world countries, they burn land off before plowing. It’s a quick way to clear the land, and tilling the burned residue underground enriches it with carbon.’ He continued, ‘A farmer two miles from the coffee farm needed to plow 2 acres, so he started a fire to burn it off before plowing. A fifty mile an hour wind sprang up and blew the fire all the way to the coffee farm. But because there was no mulch for the fire to feed on, we did not lose one of our 15,000 coffee trees.’ 

We were stunned and joyful at the same time. This was one of the biggest lessons of my life. When you don’t get what you want, even if you pray for it , maybe it’s a blessing. Just keep doing the best you can.”

 The team members of Ugandan Gold Coffee have many miraculous stories like Worth’s. If you have some of your own, please tell us about them in the comment sections!

 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

 Worth has written his own book you can check out here

With the Holidays coming up,  finding gifts for everyone on the nice list can be difficult. Instead of giving your coworker Secret Santa a general coffee brand, give them a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee. Here are three reasons why to choose social impact over anything else:

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As we say on our mission page, “In Uganda today, one out of every five children will die 6f0c5421before their fifth birthday. Clean water, our most precious global resource, is available to less than 1% of Ugandans, and remains the primary obstacle to a healthy, productive, hope-filled life.” Every time you purchase a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee, a portion of the proceeds go to a well-digging initiative to provide clean water to all the people of Uganda. We wrote about the importance of clean water for child development in a previous post and we are emphasizing it again – access to clean water can be life changing to a child living in a Ugandan village. A great cup of coffee changes mornings, your cup of coffee can save lives.

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Our natural processing of the coffee beans keeps all the flavors within each bean so the cup you brew is going to the best it can be. We take extra care when picking the beans (one by one pulling them off the branch) and we sun dry the crop – turning the beans from a healthy red, to a deep brown. If you like your coffee black or almost light tan, it will be the absolute best (for an affordable price!).

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This is the biggest part of our business plan. We aim for the coffee farm in Uganda to be self-sustaining, encouraging the employees to learn to stand on their own and become working members of society. Also, our well-digging initiative brings life to communities. Around each well, school desks are filled with excited kids, Bibles are cracked open in church pews, and business are filled with paying customers. The coffee is only the first part of the whole equation.

Do we have you convinced?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Christmas is a little over 2 weeks away and we have the perfect last-minute gift ideas for everyone on your nice list. Bonus: these gifts come with an amazing social impact for the people of Uganda. Double Bonus: Shipping discounts on qualified purchases. Read on!

Gingersnap Coffee, $8.99

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A subtle flavoring of the popular gingersnap cookie combined with robust ground coffee.

Free shipping if you buy 4 or more!

Regular Roast Single Serve K-cups, $11.95

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24 single serve cups containing Ugandan Gold Regular Roast Coffee. Will work with most Keurig-brand coffee makers.

Free shipping if you buy 4 or more!

Classic Gift Box, $32.00

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The Classic Gift Box includes 2 bags Regular Caffeinated Coffee, 1 bag of Regular Decaf, and 1 bag Caramel Pecan-flavored coffee.

Free shipping if you buy 2 or more! 

Coffee To Go Travel Pack, $24.95Coffee to Go

12 oz of our premium coffee, along with a porcelain travel mug and a bag of vanilla biscotti with dark chocolate drizzle!  Available in multiple combinations.

Free shipping if you buy 3 or more! 

Passport Coffee Club, $75.00

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1 bag Regular and 1 bag flavored coffee delivered in December, February, and April (A total of 6 bags). Gift card included if you wish. Please email us separately with names and addresses for the Gift card.

Free Shipping!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14