IRVINE, CA (ANS) — Starbucks! Who doesn’t know what that “palace of heavenly aroma” is all about? With 20,891 locations in 62 countries and $ 13.29 billion in yearly revenue, Starbucks is the leading coffee business in the world!
But, I don’t think that Starbucks will be too alarmed by a new competitor, Rusty Veary, a retired Southern California Edison lineman. Veary has started roasting Kenyan and Ugandan coffee beans and is making them available for a small donation to He Intends Victory, a global ministry reaching out to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Rusty and his wife Jennifer, who is HIV+, have served as missionaries with He Intends Victory in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Uganda so their love for those facing this pandemic is very personal. For many in the United States, the issue of HIV and AIDS is of not much concern.
It’s become a “chronic” disease like diabetes or arthritis where you “just take a pill”. But for the 34 million people infected with the HIV virus worldwide and another 500 million affected, AIDS is a very real and deadly disease. The Veary’s have dedicated their lives to sharing the hope of Jesus Christ to so many that have been forgotten.
So how did Rusty come up with the idea of roasting coffee? “I was talking with a friend about coffee beans and how to roast them and neither of us had ever done it before. So one day I bought ½ lb. ‘green’ beans from Whole Foods and started reading-up on roasting methods from the web,” he explained. “I gave it a try and much to my surprise it really tasted good. So I again talked with my friend about the outcome and he encouraged me to try more.
“As I looked into a place to buy beans for roasting I saw that many of the countries where He Intends Victory has workers produce ‘green’ coffee beans. Then it hit me, (totally the Holy Spirit) ‘why not buy the green beans from these countries, roast them for sale and use the funds to help people with HIV/AIDS?’ It’s a link, a stream, a tie directly to the people.”
Rusty continued, “I gave a few samples to friends at church and they really enjoyed the fresh roast flavor. So again lead by the Spirit I used “mason jars” to process the roasted beans which hold the aroma. I package them in 1/2 pint and quart jars which makes a good seal.
“The 1/2 pint jar holds about 2.3 ounces and the quart about 9.2 ounces. Depending on how you drink your coffee the 1/2 pint makes about 30 cups and the quart about 120 cups!”
BUY: $11 1/2 Pint Jar
(makes 30 cups)
BUY: $26 Quart Jar
(makes 120 cups)
And that’s not the end of his idea as a fundraiser. “And after the coffee is gone you can use the jar as reminder that you are helping the work of He Intends Victory and fill it with your change and loose coins and return it,” he said. “We’ll then sterilize the jar, refill it with fresh roasted beans from a different country and continue the process!”
What other countries coffee beans does Veary have in mind? “Well, He Intends Victory works in the Congo and Vietnam and another 15 or 16 countries so maybe we’ll start roasting their green beans as well! Nothing like a good cup of coffee while reading the Bible!”
Asked what verse blesses him as he roasts these “beans of love” and Veary is quick to respond, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6: 9, 10.
“This verse really encourages us to keep doing good and not give up because there is a harvest coming. And who would have guessed it but the Lord can even use ‘green coffee beans’!”Read More
Certainly we see in this video that HIV/AIDS in the United States is NOT going away quietly- that this challenge will be with us for many, many years. But it is up to each individual to live life “safely” with wisdom. Do not do those things that lead to infection but He Intends Victory challenges you to live life by living God’s way!!
With over 16 million AIDS orphans in the world, the need for someone, anyone, to help them is huge! He Intends Victory through our outreach, Terry’s Kids, is committed to helping all of those AIDS orphans that we can. But where do you start? And can we really make a difference?
Those were both questions I asked the Lord while on my first trip to Africa in 2001. I was in a remote village in Central Uganda called Nagamuli in with my HIV co-workers, Herb Hall and Mike McIntrye. We were there to “spy out the land”, that is to see if the ministry of He Intends Victory would work in Africa. The three hours over bumpy dirt roads and trails it took to get to this village were quickly forgotten as soon as I saw the 200+ mostly women and children dancing as we approached. They were happy to see us, that was for sure. AIDS, this far out of the city? Yes, many of the men in this village had already died and their infected widows were doing the best they could to raise their 2 or 3 or 6 children. But when you have no visible support, when you are as a mother are yourself sick with HIV infection, when you have no money to buy seed or food, even having an acre of land doesn’t help much. And then what happens when ‘mom’ finally dies? Where do the children go? When the disappointment that we were not doctors finally subsided, the joy that we were pastors prompted the women to bring their tiny, sickly babies to us for prayer. It wasn’t long before I heard in my heart that soft and gentle voice of the Holy Spirit, “Start with the one in front of you”. It was a privlilege to pray and know that we could do more to help these helpless children as we wept through our words to God and it was there in our hearts that Terry’s Kids was birthed.
Terry Duffy was Board member, friend, sister in Jesus, and committed to helping people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS all over the world. But Terry never had any children of her own so all kids became Terry’s Kids. And when she finally went home to heaven from cancer in July of 2002, it made sense to honor her memory and her love for AIDS orphans by calling our AIDS orphan sponsorship program, Terry’s Kids.
For the last five years we have been blessed to have Terry’s Kids working in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, and Paraguay. Today we have over 50 children sponsored who are now able to go to school, wear a school uniform and shoes, eat healthy food every day and all in the name of Jesus! One great thing about Terry’s Kids, unlike all other AIDS orphans programs is that ALL of the $ 40 a month to sponsor a child through our outreach goes to the child’s needs!
So as of January 1, 2013 we are pleased to share that we have now added Tanzania and Nepal to our Terry’s Kids countries.
This will soon make our potential a total of 200 children! Yet most of our children are waiting and praying for someone, anyone to care. Please don’t think that that is the total number of children under the He Intends Victory umbrella who could qualify for this program. I recently asked our 20 Country Directors what the total number of children under their care is for whom Terry’s Kids could help. The answer was 11,056! It can’t be that many!! But it is. Then the question comes to my mind, “Can we really make a difference?” And the Lord spoke to my heart and I heard, “If each of you will care on my behalf, you can change the world for these children!” There it was. Just start with the one in front of you and little by little, child by child, we will make a difference!
Do you want to hear what they say? Stephen from Uganda says to his sponsor, “I want to thank God for you and the help you always give. I thank you because I have been able to go on with my studies and I have been promoted to Primary 7.” Yeabsira from Ethiopia says, “Now I am a grade one student. I love you, I love my mom. I love my studies. How are your studies? I thank you for your support. I am very thankful for your being my sponsor. I pray for God to bless you and your family.” And Resty a young teenager from Uganda says, “ I can’t begin to thank you for your continuous support towards my future.”
Our goal this year, 2013, is to have 200 children sponsored. It wouldn’t hard. It’s the equivalent of 8 Starbucks or 2 movies and a popcorn. We COULD do it- together.
So go to Terry’sKids.org and sign up today. Pray about which child, which country you want to change, which lives you want to touch with God’s love. Then sign-up. You’ll get a letter from that child, you’ll get photo, and you’ll have the knowledge in your heart that the someone who cares for that AIDS orphan is YOU!Read More
Bruce Sonnenberg and Dan Wooding at the World AIDS Conference in Mexico City
Well, it’s that time of the year again!
I don’t mean my birthday, I don’t mean Thanksgiving, and I sure don’t mean Christmas. No, it’s that time of the year again where people around the world take a day and think about- AIDS! Well at least they used too. December 1st is World AIDS Day and it now tends to be just a little “bump-in-the-road” of life for most Americans. But really, who cares?
Yes, there are 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS in every country of the world, most of them very poor like Annette in Uganda or Valery in the Congo DR and yes, they live on less than $1 a day which means food is scarce and resources limited, and yes, only about 16 percent receive or ever will receive the AIDS life-giving medications, but who cares? Who cares that they still cost $ 3,000 a month?
Children fending for themselves: African AIDS orphans have no parents and, no matter how young they are, they have only each other … the older children struggle to serve as “parents” and breadwinners for their younger brothers and sisters
I know that there are 16 million AIDS orphans in the world today like Mark, and Florence and Abigail and Emmanuel, but what can I do about that? And besides, really, who cares? Why doesn’t their own country take care of them? Didn’t they do this to themselves? Well no, but who cares? Isn’t this God’s judgment on all of those sinners? Of course not! Is breast cancer God’s judgment on “women” sinners and prostate cancer God’s judgment on “men” who sin? Don’t be silly but… who really, let’s be honest, who cares?
On December 1st people around the world facing HIV/AIDS, people being kicked out of their churches for being HIV+, children with no parents, will be asking “Will someone help us?” But who cares?
And so do we at He Intends Victory! We really care and have been caring since 1990 and will continue to care with YOUR help. Since World AIDS Day last year, we have cared for 68,484 people living with HIV in 20 countries around the world. So if you really care and would like to help us bless those facing HIV/AIDS around the world, contact us at: PO Box 399, Irvine, CA 92650, USA, or by phone at: 1-800-HIV-HOPE. Our website is: www.HeIntendsVictory.com where you can get a free copy of Dan Wooding’s book, “He Intends Victory.”Read More
Bruce Sonnenberg of He Intends Victory shares with you the basics to HIV/AIDS.Read More