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The Christian Response to AIDS

AIDS is typically viewed as a ‘gay disease’ or ‘promiscuous disease’. In Christianity, both of these are viewed as sinful lifestyles. So, the simple Christian response is that we shouldn’t worry about those people with AIDS because it was their sinful lifestyle that got them into the situation, right? Wrong. Pretend for a moment that you are rushing after work to your child’s baseball game. On the way to the game, you run a red light and hit another car in the intersection. You have serious injuries and are in a great deal of pain. But wait, you ran a...

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How'd you end up selling coffee from Uganda?

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I often get the question, “How did you end up selling coffee from Uganda?” Typically from people that have known me for a little while. But, sometimes from total strangers. So, here’s the story… I was going through a bit of a difficult point in my life. I had everything you could want: great wife, beautiful children, nice home, nice cars, etc. The problem is that I felt a gaping hole in my life. I ended up meeting with my pastor a few times, just chatting about life. He challenged me to raise $25,000 to build a school in Uganda....

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Three Avocados...That's a Strange Name

Ever wonder why a coffee company is named “Three Avocados”? I mean, what do avocados have to do with coffee? Well, pretty much nothing. No, the coffee does not have avocados in it. And yes, I’ve really been asked that before. However, avocados have everything to do with WHY we started Three Avocados. In January of 2010, a group of us were in Uganda on a mission trip. We were worshiping with a congregation in the village of Bulopa. As the offering basket went around, a widow placed three avocados into the basket. I saw this and was stunned. For...

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The Local vs Global Debate

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Lately, I’ve really been getting into the whole local vs global charity debate. We are a US-based non-profit that raises money for developing countries, so I’m sure you can already guess what my view is on this. However, I don’t think it’s a right vs wrong debate. I’m in no position to judge who needs help more than the next person. And you’re probably reading that going, “Yeah, but you give to other countries, so you must feel they are more needy”. Point taken. You’re right, I do. But that doesn’t mean I feel people here in the US are...

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Why Sell Something vs Ask For Donations?

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I’ve seen the argument plenty that if you want to do something charitable, then just give your money to a charity. The theory is that it will get used better by a charity than a socially responsible organization (or, in our case, a non-profit selling a product). OK, I’ll agree to that. 100%. For example, $9 would go further with World Vision towards providing clean water than that same $9 will go if it’s used to buy our coffee. True. Here’s the problem: That’s not for me. I’m not good at asking for money. There are TONS of great charitable organizations out...

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