Christian Gap Year for Entrepreneurs

Thousands of people globally desire for a change in perspective and a deeper understanding of the world outside of what lies beyond their neighborhood. Global U has traveled to some of the hardest places in the world, from hubs of the South East Asian sex industry to poverty on the streets of Morocco. Experiencing these forms of injustice and misfortune has led to a number of “Passion Projects” in these communities. Mary Korch, a student of Global U, has created a recent partnership with an e-commerce platform Shop at the Well to launch a new project in Granada, Nicaragua.

While their team was in Granada, Mary had made friends with a number of locals. She spent time getting to know more about their personal lives, spending time with them in local Young Life ministries, going on runs to the lake, and making trips to the market on the weekends.

One of these friends is Angel. Angel is a Young Life leader in Granada, Nicaragua. He and his team are passionate about empowering others to experience transformation through Young Life camps. In a community where a lot of men struggle with addictions and unemployment, Angel is highly respected as a leader and discipler for young men. He is also an artisan. In 2017, an American missionary, Nathan, taught Angel how to make leather journals by hand. Since then, Angel has made countless journals that have held the thoughts and writings of people across the globe. They named their business Timber Journals.

With the bulk of his sales coming from travelers and local markets, Angel has lost his primary source of income due to COVID-19. Nicaragua is the least developed country in Central America and is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. Over 30% of the population lives on less than $2 USD per day and, in rural areas, 50% of households are considered to live in extreme poverty. Because of the halt of travel, closed markets, and the already low poverty line, many people in this region are suffering immensely.

After Global U flew back to America to take COVID precautions, Mary continued to pray for Nicaragua and her friends every day, vowing to fight for them. She has teamed up with Jessica from Shop at the Well to launch a special campaign as part of a Purpose Project in hopes to offer some economic relief during this time of uncertainty.

Their goal is to sell 100 journals in the next 2 weeks to directly benefit Angel and his family. Additionally, profits will be sent back to Granada to assist in food relief during this time!

Check out their project page here.