Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Café, CAFE, and a Prayer Request

While in college I encountered a lot more diversity than I had grown up with in a small town in western Michigan. Likewise, moving to Indianapolis has also been a changeup in the diversity department. I can only imagine what a college in a big city is like on that front.

Anytime we encounter diversity we are encountering an opportunity to serve others and share the gospel. People of different backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and ethnic heritage blend into a conglomeration of humanity that have one major thing in common: all are in need of a Savior. Pray for Team CAFE, and whenever you sip from a cup of café, or sitting in a café, lift up your brothers and sisters serving in Colombia and the people they’re trying to reach.
CAFE (COLOMBIAS FORGOTTEN ETHNOS) PEOPLES (cah-FAY) - The city is a long way from home. For some, home is the jungle, for others, it is the desert, and for still others, it is the rolling hills of the countryside. Some come from very hot places and others from areas of the country where it is very cold—but they come. They come with the hope of getting an education and with the desire to help their people group in some way. They all share one thing in common: The city is cold, they feel alone, it is noisy and strange in the city, they have few resources, they have a poor basis in their educational backgrounds . . . and they are open to something different. Team CAFE writes: "In the past two weeks, we have received 10 new students at the student center. Initially they come because of the hot-lunch program, but they find more than food. They find a second home where they can study, receive a hug, get academic help, and ask all of the questions on their hearts. Many of them are open to exploring the question of who God is and what He requires of man. Pray for the many new students that we have this semester. Pray as we build relationships with them that will develop into opportunities to share the Gospel. Pray that they will be open to the Gospel message."

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