The Yada Project History
The Yada Project was started by 2 families living in Wisconsin. Through our local church, the Garibays and Williams met at the men’s softball games. Through children playing at the park, the moms talking and the guys playing softball a friendship was created. They then joined a small group together and the friendship grew. After the Williams arrived home from a missions trip, they had felt the stirring to start a Fair Trade non-profit as a way to continue the relationships they had forged on their trip through Central America. At the same time, the Garibays had sought out the idea of how they could be part of God’s work in the world.
Mike and Sarah Garibay live in Verona, Wisconsin with their 3 children. Both Mike and Sarah were born and raised in the Midwest and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike graduated with a Political Sciences degree and is working as an industrial automation salesman. Sarah graduated with a Nursing degree and manages an Urgent Care in downtown Madison. After the Williams’ first mission trip, Mike and Sarah heard a missionary from Honduras speak about the orphanage they had started. While this mission has taken steps to develop product such as coffee, planting mahogany and living on a self-sustaining farm; their biggest struggle was finding a marketplace for their product. Like many other missions, they were struggling with finances and Mike and Sarah wondered how they could help. After talking with the Williams’, The Yada Project was born.
Don and Beth Williams live in Middleton, Wisconsin with their 3 children. Don grew up in Colombia, South America as a missionary kid. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1996 with a degree in International Missions. Beth grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1998 with a degree in Communications. Don and Beth met on the soccer team at MBI in 1995 and married in 1998. After living the “American Dream” for 15 years, they felt an emptiness and decided to commit to praying and seeking how the Lord may want to use their giftedness beyond their own comforts. This led to a 2 month family missions trip to Central America in 2012 and a 4 month family mission trip through South America in 2013. Once they returned, they felt a continued stirring to step out in faith to continue their travel to other parts of the world and bring the stories of how our great God is at work. The stories, friendships and partnerships have launched The Yada Project to other parts of the world.
The Yada Project is a work of small steps of faith and a belief that God can use our gifts for His glory.