For the last few years, we have hosted our annual Purpose Run and pancake breakfast, raising $35,000 for kids around the world. This year, we are expanding our vision (and hopefully, the impact!), with a greater focus on our own community as well. We are putting on a series of community events in conjunction with The Purpose Market, culminating in our annual 10k/5k run (planned and presented by the amazing JBeen Training). These will be free and fun events for the community, with opportunities for local charities to get involved as well. Through donations, sponsorships, and our proceeds from sales, we hope to impact and improve the lives of thousands of kids all over this world.
Read more about the community events on The Purpose Market Blog.
As the New Year rolled around, and I thought about the upcoming 12 months for Purpose Coffee, God put it on my heart that this is the year of the farmer. Which definitely made me pause and wonder if I heard that right?!
But then it started to make more and more sense. We took a business trip to visit coffee farms and make new ministry connections. The Purpose Market farmer’s market is just around the corner (if you haven’t heard about The Purpose Market, visit the Website & Facebook). And I just knew that there was a farming related ministry that God had in mind for us to work with.
After contacts with our existing partners didn’t bring forth any new farming projects… I waited. (Okay, really, I panicked a little inside. And maybe out loud a time or two.)
Then, we met with Dalhart-local Mallary Lloyd Covington and her husband Dustin. They run a textile business in India (with goooregous products – you will be able to check them out at our booth at The Purpose Market!). They started telling us about their health and wellness program – which provides education on healthy living, as well as funds for healthcare.
And then they started sharing about a rooftop garden project that they wanted to start. It would provide nutritious and fresh foods for the families they work with, while also giving a chance to minister to the families in a new and different way.
What a perfect project for our proceeds from The Purpose Market to help support! We are so excited for the market to bring fresh foods to our community – and even more excited for our proceeds to help give fresh foods around the world.
We will also use our proceeds to invest in the Our Trees Our Future initiative. Based in Uganda, husband and wife duo, Nick and Cheryl provide rural poor families with fruit and indigenous trees. They help teach the families how to care for the plants, harvest their fruits, and take them to market. The simple act of giving a plant – it helps increase household income and cover school fees for children. Not to mention, this program makes a generational impact towards alleviating poverty by shifting the focus from only meeting immediate needs to investing in long-term and sustainable solutions. (Plus, bonus, remember our wonderful barista from Canada, Mandy – well, Nick and Cheryl are her uncle and aunt!)
We are so thankful for the donations and sponsorships, as well as our amazing customers who purchase with purpose. You make this work possible – both the community events themselves and our contributions around the world! If you would like to contribute (time, talent, or resources – please contact us!)
(AND, be sure to like The Purpose Market on Facebook for details about the events, the markets, and maybe an upcoming giveaway or two!)