Our coffee plants are blooming! About ten days ago, Russell sent me pictures of the buds forming, and I was impressed at the large number of buds.
Today, he took some more pictures, now that the buds have turned to blooms. Coffee flowers may not rank up there with the most beautiful flowers in the world, but we are obviously delighted with them!
Honduras is having serious drought problems just now, but in spite of that we're having these terrific results, with some manual watering to get us through the dry season of the year. See the bee, in the photo to the left? That's encouraging, too!
Our coffee farm is still in the earliest phase, so we are not expecting a full harvest this year. Based on the blooms, however, Russell anticipates that we should harvest a couple thousand pounds of coffee beans this year.
Next year, at the end of 2017, our first plants (which went into the ground in 2014) will be mature enough for a significant harvest. Each year after that, the number of mature plants will increase, and all of the plants will continue to grow in size, increasing their output. It's so exciting to see this project coming to fruition! Remember that the profits from the sale of this coffee will be used to expand our ministry in Honduras. To God be the glory!
And as always, thanks so much for your prayers for this ministry!