Saturday morning we had our regular group time in the Bible and prayer as we do every morning before we hit the streets. Afterwards, Sarah, the coordinator for this outreach, gave us some of the preliminary statistics. In the 40 years of the month long outreach in NYC this has been the most successful. It was a year of change as the methods used this year had never been tried.
The coffee give away and the prayer board were phenomenal. There were 179 unbelieving Jews that have requested individual meetings and follow up. Some of these have already taken place with a few having trusted in Jesus to be their Messiah and Savior. What a work God has done in calling out some of His remnant as Paul spoke of in Romans 11. I pray that many more will be saved.
There were even more unbelieving Gentiles that have requested a follow up individual meeting with several of these already have taken place. There are between 300-400 of these. These figures are staggering to me and speak of the great effort the team has put out with the blessings of God. He is ever faithful to His work in calling out a people from every tribe and nation on the planet.
The coffee was something that was not on the plans initially. When I arrived, Wayne, the chef, had just come up with the recipe and preliminary method to cold brew coffee. It was realized then how much of a job it was going to be. When I arrived, one of the Danish kitchen girls who volunteered to fly here to help had made a couple of 10 gallon batches. It was hard for me to watch her do this heavy work so I volunteered to help. The weight of each container weighs 85-90 lbs. and there was no way she could do it alone. Little did I realize that I had found another job title to add to my long resume. I was now the sole ‘coffee meister”, as I’ve been called.
After I made my first batch I became the only coffee maker. My initial order was for 30 gallons. The next day the request was 40 gallons and it was such a hit on the streets the requests kept getting larger. At one point for 4 days I didn’t even go out on the streets to witness because I didn’t have the time as I was spending 17 hours a day making the coffee. I simplified the method by one step and tried some different techniques to make better coffee. I knew I was on the right track when one day several told me that some of the people said it was better than Starbucks. My thought was that It has to be because ours is free.
When Sarah announced in the meeting that I had made 900 gallons, which translates into over 26,000 cups of cold brew coffee I was quite amazed. I had not taken the time to think about how much I had made. I’m thankful that God gave me the strength to perform this task and without a sore muscle or bone to go with it.
When I reflect back over all of the effort and resources that the whole team has expended to share The Lord with the people of NYC it seems a monumental task. Yet, there has been no sickness among the team, no flare ups or short tempers exchanged, but a common love in the task at hand. We all worked together in the Spirit of Christ and The Lord performed the task at hand through us. The harvest is truly His as well.
Several have requested the recipe and process. I will be traveling home on Tuesday so maybe Wednesday or Thursday I will share this with you along with pics of the process. I hope to be able to share this coffee with our church outreach on Main Street in Owasso, Ok. one night a month.
Until next time, Lord willing,