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Kristi Kratzer recently held a yard sale to raise money for Mocha Club. Here, in her own words, she explains why….

The neighborhood I live in has a community wide yard sale twice a year and it’s a big deal for the local area. I had some stuff that I was planning to sell and a coworker had given me some things to sell, too. In the weeks leading up to the yard sale, I really started to feel that I shouldn’t keep the money that I made. I went to Ethiopia with Mocha Club this past winter and ever since I’ve had trouble forgetting what I saw there (and I am SO THANKFUL that I haven’t been able to forget!).

Going to Africa opened my eyes to a whole world that I had only read about or seen in movies, but it became a reality to me. So as I started to gather items to sell for my yard sale and began thinking about the money that I would make, I realized how greedy and selfish it would be for me to keep that money. Certainly, I wanted to keep the money I made at the yard sale…I mean who doesn’t like a little extra cash? But then I thought about what I would end up using the money for, probably to buy more things that I don’t need. And I thought about Mocha Club and how just $7 can go so far and positively affect so many people. I had to give the money away; it’s my way of not forgetting about the faces of the children I saw in Ambo or the women I spent time with in Nazaret. It seemed like an easy way to stay connected.

I also knew that it would be an opportunity to share with others about the needs in Africa. I set up my small tv on a table and played a video I had made of my trip to Ethiopia. I also made posters and some handouts with the Mocha Club website listed on them. And then I just prayed that God would open opportunities for conversations. I had a couple of really cool conversations with a handful of people in which I got to tell them about my experience in Ethiopia and explain Mocha Club to them.


I think the coolest part, though, was seeing the generosity of people. At one point during the morning, a woman came up to me to buy a picture I was selling. I had the picture marked at $5 and she handed me a $20. As I was searching for change she told me just to keep the change. I think I almost started crying right then. At one point, a man walked up and gave me $10 and took a cookie I had baked. I went to get him change because I was selling the cookies for 50 cents and he told me just to keep it. Other people donated a dollar or two without even buying anything from my sale. A few told me stories about how they had read about the need for clean water in Africa or how they were sponsoring a child in Africa.


I’ve been thinking and praying for ways to be more involved with change in Africa. I don’t want my trip there to be something that happened where the memories slowly fade. Brooke Fraser has a line in her song “Albertine” where she sings “Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Faith without deeds is dead.” I think about that all of the time. I feel a huge responsibility for the people in Africa…especially now that I’ve seen for myself. I don’t know how that will continue to work itself out in my life, but I know that little opportunities like this matter, and that something as small as having a yard sale to raise money for the people of Africa is a way to respond to Christ’s call to care for the poor and oppressed.


Thank you, Kristi.

Now we’d love to hear from you in the comments —

How have you made change to make a change in Africa?

How can you make change to make a change in Africa?

Share your ideas and let’s continue to make a huge impact on the continent of Africa!

Mocha Club Members

I joined Mocha Club at a Dave Barnes concert because after hearing about the organization, I learned that the value of $9/month in Africa was immeasurable compared to what $9/month would be used for here in the U.S.  Through Mocha Club, I got a chance to go to South Africa and meet the people of the Cape Town townships.  We helped build a preschool where children now have a place to go during the day and hear about Jesus.  I got to see, first hand, the people that are positively impacted and forever changed through the money that people give to Mocha Club.  I will always be a member of Mocha Club because my money each month provides support for that preschool that I helped to build.  Kids are now able to have a place to go to eat, play, and experience the love of God all because I, along with the other members of Mocha Club, agreed to give up a Starbucks or two a month.  I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with Mocha Club to serve the wonderful people of Africa.
Katie in Alabama
I joined Mocha Club is 2008 when I became aware of the desparate needs of our brothers and sisters in Africa. My monthly contribution is a reminder that not everyone has the luxuries that I am accustomed to. Each month, I see the impact that skipping a few coffee runs makes on children in need and am delighted to be a small part of Mocha Club's effort.
Samantha in Tennessee