Turning Coffee Into Water
The Well is a strategy to establish a missional coffeehouse in the Green Hills community. For more on that, see my previous entry here.
Why the name? The Well represents the mission of meeting people where they are just as Jesus did when he met the Samaritan woman at a well in John 4. The name also reflects a vision of being a place where the “living water” of Jesus is served. The Well symbolizes the place of gathering in community. It is a place where lives are shared. It is a place where conversations are had. It is ultimately a place where Jesus hangs out with “living water” in hand.
The Well coffeehouse will be a community. We will facilitate community through creativity, service, and mission. It will be a connecting place. It will be a place where people will hang out during any time of the day or simply stop by to pick up coffee or a snack.
Why a coffeehouse?
There are several reasons. The first has to do with a very large number.
$18 billion. That how much we, in America, spend on – you guessed it…coffee.
Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per DAY.
The National Coffee Association reports that 56% of adults living in the United States drank coffee EVERY day in 2006.
There are plenty of other things that Americans spend money on such as:$65 billion on…jewelry. $31 billion on…pets. $13 billion on…cosmetic surgery.
But coffee is more than just a commodity. And quite honestly, we aren’t interested in going into the jewelry business or opening up a pet store. And no, we don’t do cosmetic surgery. So the second reason behind a coffeehouse? To state the obvious….COFFEE. It is a product that fosters community. The Coffeehouse is the modern day gathering place.
In Jesus’ day, the well was a place where lives intersected. Jesus met a woman there and he changed her life. This is the same Jesus who took water and turned it into wine.
What if we could participate? What if we could be the hands and feet of Jesus? What if we could bring about change? What if we could offer living hope? We can. And we will. One cup of coffee at a time. How? By participating with Jesus in turning coffee into “Living Water.”
We don’t have to search hard to find the people in our local community and globally who are in need. 65% of the poorest people in the world live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
We want to take the money you spend on coffee and give that money to feeding and providing clean drinking water to the poorest people in the world. This is about sharing “Living Water” in the name of Jesus. Will we eliminate world poverty? No. But we WILL make a difference. One cup of coffee and one individual at a time.
We will be a business that exists for one purpose. Kingdom business. As a non-profit we will exist for the sole purpose of giving money away in order to change the world.
Sure. You could fill your cup down the road and help turn millionaires into billionaires. Or you can fill your cup at The Well and give people an opportunity to live today because you helped fill theirs.
Want to join the mission or learn more? LIKE our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/wellcoffeehouse and join the journey.