Good Food, Good Coffee and a Good Room.
Over the last year I have been busy producing Beyond the Horizon, a magazine that comes out three times a year and show cases the work of Fusion teams in the two thirds world. I thought I would share some of the articles from previous issues with you. I trust you will enjoy them!
Rose is based in Perth, Australia and is part of the team that supports and mentors the Fusion Indonesia team. We caught up with her to find out what the Indonesians are up to, and how they are raising their own finances, whilst carrying out their day to day mission.
Fusion Indonesia have a guest house in Denpasar, Bali. The vision is for it to be a place where people can get an authentic introduction to the culture, for it to be welcoming and to have the Fusion office visible so that guests can see clearly that they are supporting mission.
It’s in a great location, just 45 minutes from the airport, but off the usual tourist track. There’s a café just over the road where you can get a good meal for 2 dollars and a taxi-rank round the corner.
Fusion Geraldton (Australia) have sponsored the furniture for the guest house. “We could have guests tomorrow, we have identified a local manager (but we are still getting our website bookings system up and running!) In fact we are currently talking to a Church who need somewhere clean, cheap and friendly to stay when they visit the area!”
The second enterprise the team is working on is offering a tutorial service for school students. “We’ve done a lot of work on this and have already put brochures together and canvassed parents who want their children tutored. There are six subjects we feel we can offer including Cantonese, Mandarin, Maths and English.”
“The third venture that we are looking at is a way of supporting local farmers in one of the Islands. We want to help them to export their coffee to places like Australia. We want to set up links with Churches, mission organisations and fair trade groups. We really want to see a farmers’ co-operative established as well, which would ensure a fair deal for the coffee growers. This venture still has a few kinks to be ironed out, but it has a lot of potential!”
Already these projects are making a difference to the team and the work in the area, forming a key part of their strategy to fulfil their mission of reaching out to the community around them. They have been a helpful focus around which to build the team. There is always plenty for new volunteers to do which means they quickly see the contribution they are making. Other important spin offs include the start of some informal youth work: “We have a fairly consistent internet connection in the garage and so the place has become an informal internet café where the local youth gather. This in turn strengthens the kids’ club which it is hoped the enterprises will support.”
Finally “We’d love it if people could promote or come and stay in the guesthouse! And, get ready to enjoy and promote some absolutely knock-out, full-bodied, and great-tasting coffee!”.