Coffee From Around the World

Ron & Gloria Siemers moved to Buffalo in 2006. Their son, Ron Jr., and family live in Buffalo, and their daughter, Beck, and family live in Marlborough, MA.

We have four wonderful grandchildren – Aleesha, Kyle, Sam and Tim.  They bring joy and love to our world.

Gloria enjoys her work for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District as an Early Childhood Special Education Support Professional. She also enjoys time with family and friends, long walks with Ron Sr., fitness workouts, sewing, reading, and visiting coffee shops. Her other interests in the community include Love INC, the Buffalo Food Shelf, Buffalo Community Orchestra, and Buffalo Community Theatre.

Ron Jr. and his family moved to Buffalo in 2003 and became members of Zion, so when Ron Sr. and Gloria moved to Buffalo in 2006, Zion already felt like home to them, and they have found it to be a wonderful choice for their church home. Gloria’s interests at Zion include Bible studies, small groups, and social ministries.

When Zion’s Global Mission Committee started selling coffee two years ago Gloria decided to give it a try.

I enjoy coffee from around the world.

The LWR Coffee Project is a partnership between Lutheran World Relief and Equal Exchange. Lutherans can enjoy delicious fairly traded products while supporting small-scale farmers across the world.

Gloria learned the value of co-operatives as a young farm wife, and says that the LWR Coffee Project is an important ministry at Zion because it is a way to reach out and share God’s love worldwide.

For each pound of fairly traded coffee, tea, and foods Lutherans purchase through the LWR Coffee Project, 20 cents per pound goes to LWR’s Small Farmer Fund, supporting three cooperatives in Kenya through farmer training and agricultural development. Projects include planting new trees and improving processing equipment and storage facilities, which creates a stronger union between coffee growers.

Fair Trade gave me a chance to support our neighbors in Christ. It is a joy to help people achieve their dreams and goals.

Gloria enjoys all the varieties she has tried and has trouble picking a favorite, but Lew Hille, who coordinates the project at Zion, says she often buys French Roast. She misses it when it is not available over the summer.

Stop – look, they have other products – teas, hot chocolate – read the labels. They have a story to tell.