Thursday, December 16, 2010

cup of hope


Cups Cafe is a Christian non-profit coffeeshop that shows love to the community by providing free beverages, pastries, sandwiches, soup, pantry items, and whatever else gets donated by area churches and neighbors, including two of their most popular items: Kool-Aid and ramen noodles.

This was my second time doing an outreach event here.  The first was giving facial treatments with our church's Spa Ministry team, and this time it was serving a pre-Christmas ham dinner with kids from our Revolve youth program.  As with my first visit, I felt honored to offer my heart and hands to folks who came in from the cold looking for something warm to eat and a place to rest.

Tim Van Arsdale runs the cafe and talks easily about his passion for showing kindness to anyone and everyone in need.  What started as a popular watering hole built from a train car, turned in to a donation-based coffeehouse seeking to fill a need in the city, namely a safe space for teenagers to come hang out without judgement or expectation.


© photo credit: cupscafe.org

It does my heart well to see this place alive and reaching people, to which Tim has a wealth of stories and testimonies for the telling.  He and his family live by faith and are confident that the cafe will serve a purpose for as long as it is needed.

So far, the locals have been blessed one by one, including all of the volunteers that work with Tim to make Cups Cafe a welcoming place. The shop is over a year old and going strong.

Serving hope - one cup at a time.

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