At the top of the mountain we saw a few coffee farms and gorgeous views of the mountainous northern region.
The most interesting part for me were the stories from the participants. Many of the church members and pastors in that region are farmers by trade and the church is developing a seed bank project in the region to help provide a little economic security for them. After yapping at them for a while, I divided them up into four groups and asked them to think about the changes in their local environment and what the old folks in their communities said about the past.
To a person, they all stated that farming had become more and more difficult. Years ago, good harvests were more common and required less investment of effort and money. Nowadays, they said, crop pests were more common and farmers had resorted to using stronger and stronger pesticides just to stay even. They also said that the rains were becoming less reliable and were causing havoc. Now it is difficult to say for sure if these changes are climate related (after all, a lot of other things have changed over the years too), but I think this experience of environmental change made the other parts of the talk more relevant to their lives.
Dios es Amor // God is Love.
For this latest voyage we were joined by Sonia, Carlos & Cindy and their kids Camila and Cristian. Quinn had a blast running wild, getting extremely dirty and playing with the other kids at the church while the adults talked.