Gourmet coffee with a mission OC grads use coffee to spread God's love

There seems to be a coffee place on every corner. People start their days with the usual tall, decaf, non-fat latte or they just can't seem to get their day going.

One alumni couple is hoping to turn people's love for coffee into an opportunity to help spread the love of God.

Heavenly Harvest Coffee produces and sells a high-quality gourmet coffee and uses all the proceeds to evangelize, edify and equip the people of Nicaragua.

Mission Nicaragua began cultivating its vision in 2005 with the relocation of missionaries David and Kim Romero. David had worked in Nicaragua before, and he and Kim wondered what it would be like to grow a crop and a church, with each supporting the other while reaching out to the countless poor and unchurched.

The 120-acre farm employs seven year-round workers and up to 40 more during the harvest season. The relationships David and Kim form with the workers give them another opportunity to spread the word of God.

Both David and Kim have specific responsibilities on the farm and in the local church. David serves as the farm's administrator. He is in charge of the farm's day-to-day workings along with its long-term goals. He preaches and teaches at the local congregation along with leading the benevolence work.

Kim serves as the accountant for both the farm and the church. She also coordinates the children's ministry and teaches a ladies' Bible class. 

"We have something with the church every day, whether it is a ladies' day, a prayer group or a home church meeting," Kim said.

The couple met at the Brown Trail School of Preaching before both moved on to Oklahoma Christian to complete their degrees. David holds a degree in missions while Kim's degree is in accounting and vocational ministry.

When the couple first arrived in Nicaragua, the church was approximately 70 members and has now grown to 120. David had a Spanish tutor for three months before the couple left. They both continue to use the Bible to learn more of the native language.

"We are definitely still working on the language," Kim said. 

Kim says their transition was much easier than she expected because Nicaragua has such a strong culture. The couple had originally planned to be in Nicaragua for three to five years to get the project off the ground and running, but Kim says they now believe they will spend the rest of their lives on the mission field.

For more information about supporting Heavenly Harvest or to order coffee online, visitwww.heavenlyharvestcoffee.com.

by Allison Shumate (05)