At this time of year when we look inward and explore ideas of what it means to sacrifice, we are particularly reminded of Isaiah in anticipating Easter and spring rains, reflection and renewal. We find ourselves looking outward at the sacrifices millions of women make for something we take for granted everyday: a safe glass of water and a toilet.
Traveling with an interfaith fair trade organization, we studied coffee and marketing for churches in the states. While there, I met the families of two young people. They would have been about 19 when I was there. Their parents had been growing corn and beans and coffee in that region for a hundred years. However, in 1989 that changed.