Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
LOJ Ministries started 938 Coffee Co. to invest in those who literally harvest fruit from their fields. That harvested fruit eventually becomes the fresh brewed coffee in your mug. Here’s the thing, the coffee farmers and processors we work with are thinking bigger than business and beyond profit. They are not so much concerned with changing their financial state, but rather they want to see their villages, communities, and nations transformed by the Gospel of Christ that is the power of God unto salvation.
The farmers are using their profits to invest back into their communities, to employ others, to send kids to school, to provide suitable shelter, and to put food on tables. Our coffee processors are using their profits to train farmers in better farming techniques, to provide fair wages to farmers who are otherwise cheated by some of the coffee co-ops, and to employ and train locals so that they have a skill set and trade.
Our ministry partners who assist in packaging, shipping, and distributing the coffee are using profits to fund missions initiatives in the countries where the coffee is grown. They are funding anti sex-trafficking and anti sex-slavery programs, safe-homes for rescued women, pastoral and leadership training programs around the world. They are carrying the Gospel into hostile nations and being the hands and feet of Christ to the lost and the least.
We are using business to send out laborers who work to build up communities and gain access to difficult to reach places. Injustice and oppression are present throughout global businesses and industries. So, we utilize business-as-missions with an emphasis on ethical and fair-trade business practices, connecting skilled peoples in various countries to a global market that allows for them to provide for their families. We leverage these businesses as a means to support churches and Christian ministry in those communities. These businesses go beyond the bottom-line, they reach into the soul of a community with the transformational love of Christ.