10 For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.
— Eph. 2.10, The Voice
I recently spent some time in Nicaragua, with several of our mission partners in the country, a coffee plantation, an art center and our friends at Living Water. The first portion of my trip was spent with an incredible man and his family—God’s poetry etched on his life for sure. Deigo Chavarria, a seventh generation coffee farmer who has been operating his family farm since taking it over from his father. His family shares a beautiful story of suffering and resilience navigating the very difficult business of coffee farming.
For those aren’t aware, coffee farming is one of the largest commodities, and many times bought and sold below the cost of actually growing the coffee. Our partnership with the plantation is a direct trade agreement, cutting out the middle and paying a price beneficial for both parties. It’s a beautiful story to be a part of, however, direct trade isn’t what impacted me during my time with Diego.
I like to call him Padre Diego for two reasons, one is because when anyone is hosted by the plantation, you are now considered family, and treated as such. I assure you, it’s a great family to be adopted into. The second part is because of his humble resilience. Amidst the hardships of running the farm Diego takes every day on, toiling and working to care for the 100+ people living on the plantation. To Padre Diego, it’s not just operating a coffee plantation, its caring for the people God has entrusted to him. It’s supporting the pastors of sixteen churches in the area. It’s providing crops of beans and corn for the families to eat and sell what they don’t need.
In the four days spent with Diego, I learned more of how to walk with God amidst suffering.With every obstacle, every moment they didn’t have enough—even when they lost the plantation to the bank; Diego trusted God. He trusted God in his tears, and in his laughter.
Gracias por compartir el tiempo padre Dieg.