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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

A friend in college introduced me to Mocha Club and I joined with little idea of the effect it would have on my life. The impact the women in the Women at Risk program had on my heart, my faith and my life is far greater than my individual contribution. I continue to give because I cherish these women; their courage, strength, vulnerability and desire to grow is remarkable. What was once a monthly donation that I didn't think much about became an experience that touched my life forever.
Ashley in Georgia
When I decide to make giving a priority for the new year, I was really nervous about how I would budget it into an already tight budget. After hearing that I could give $9 a month, I was convinced I could find $9 worth of unnecessary purchases in my monthly spending and turn that into positive spending. Now that I am giving, I realize there was nothing to be nervous about. I do not even miss those unnecessary purchases and each month when I see my $9 charge for Mocha Club, I know I am helping create change.  Even if I help change one life, I am making a difference.
Katie in Tennessee