God is so good! Last week we had the honor of finally inviting our street friends into The Spark Cafe for the first time so that they may enjoy a good cup of coffee, play some games, develop some art skills, and most importantly, have a place that they can belong to without suffering discrimination. Already after just a few days of being open, we have already seen that the Cafe is a major hit with our street friends as each morning they look forward to our arrival and the opportunity to drink something special
During the last few weeks of developing the Cafe, one of the topics of discussion was whether or not we would offer only brewed coffee, or offer something better such as a cappuccino made with freshly ground, high quality coffee. Economically, the obvious decision was to just offer brewed coffee, however, the thought of giving our street friends the very best was constantly sounding in my mind (especially since I love coffee so much, giving them the best coffee only seemed right to me!). So, on one of our free afternoons, I went off with DJ (our intern) to look at how much an expresso machine would cost. As we walked down the aisle with all the choices, we quickly found one that we felt was just right for the Cafe and right next to it was also the perfect grinder. The grand total for both was a little over $200. Not bad I thought, but we still lack the funding. "If only someone could donate that money so that we could come back and get them" That was the very next thought that came through my mind as we walked out of the store. Well, God does move in amazing ways and to my surprise, when I got home that afternoon, I found an email in my inbox stating that a great friend of ours had felt to give a donation to the Spark...and the amount was just over $200! Is that not God at work or what?
Drugs or Cappuccino?
Well, if that was not enough confirmation that God wanted to work through cappuccinos, this next story certainly did the trick. On our 2nd day of opening the Cafe, we had to confront one of our street friends about trying to bring his drugs into the Cafe. His response was something that we did not expect. He asked "So if I leave the drugs outside, I can come in and get a cappuccino?" "Of course" we responded. Well, he then responded with something else amazing "Well then I would be happy leave my drugs outside if I can come in for that cappuccino." So in he came, without his drugs and there he stayed all the way till we closed! Never once did he look back for his drugs as the whole time he was heavily involved in the activities going on! By the time he walked out, he was 100% sober and full of the joy of the Lord!
Small Details Do Matter!
For many of us, a cappuccino is something that most of us can get at any time that we like. It is something that today many people just take for granted as there is always a coffee shop on just about every street corner. However, for a young person living on the streets, a cappuccino is something that pretty much never happens as buying one is just too expensive (not to mention that just entering a place that sells them would cause them great humiliation as they would likely be kicked out by the guard before they even place the order). I guess this is why it has already meant so much for our street friends to not just have a place to come hang out, play games, do art, and drink coffee. Instead, they have a place that offers them a good cappuccino, where they are accepted just as they are, where they can worship Jesus, and where they can fully experience the Father's love! God really is so good!