Since 2008, we have wanted to operate a café in which 100% of the money brought in would go to charitable causes working to end human trafficking. In the past, this has not been possible. because of the overhead involved in opening a café. In 2011 we acquired property on campus that brought this dream to life. With all bills paid by the tenants living on the second floor, and an eager group of socially minded students willing to volunteer their time, we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
The Amherst Project assists Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship on creating christian community where students can grow in faith and deeds by launching a café to end human trafficking.
[blockquote author=”James 1:22″]But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the world and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he is like.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”James 2:14″]What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead.[/blockquote]
[blockquote author=”Luke 4:18-19″]“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[/blockquote]
We are compelled by our faith to apply it in all areas of our lives. God has shown us mercy, so we show mercy. God shows partiality to no one, so likewise we do not. God has given us every we have, so who are we to hold back to those in need. The proclamation of the of our faith must be followed up with practical action or we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can believe without obedience to our own belief. I liken faith apart from works as someone who dances alone. The one who dances alone has their full attention on them self, while the couple dancing together are only thinking of the other. Faith apart from works is no faith at all.
Human trafficking is a big problem in the world today. We want to do our part to both raise funds to rescue victims enslaved around the world, but also to raise awareness among our students at UMass. May who are religious, non-religious, atheist and agnostic see the need to stand up for justice in this area.
We have the ability to raise thousands of dollars each semester by drinking coffee. Our café is 100% non-profit which means everything collected goes to end human trafficking.
Volunteering in our café, drinking [endtrade] coffee, and participating in our events, that students will begin to look at those in need as fellow brothers and sisters around the world.
When people hear what is happening around the world, and are given a clear way to make a difference, they will act. [/box]