A Recap of the NYC 2014 Outreach !!!!!!

28 Jul


Times Square

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.ย 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.ย 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,



Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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27 responses to “A Recap of the NYC 2014 Outreach !!!!!!

  1. paulfg

    July 28, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Mr S’s words make me think. Yours make me sing!!


    • Levi Thetford

      July 28, 2014 at 6:59 am

      Paul, Do you sing acapella or with music?


      • paulfg

        July 28, 2014 at 7:01 am

        It’s a sort of dancey kind of “no one is watching” kind of singing!! ๐Ÿ™‚


        • Levi Thetford

          July 28, 2014 at 7:09 am

          Gotcha. I just needed a mental picture. You gave me a good one. Lol. ๐Ÿ˜€


  2. JennG

    July 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I have enjoyed reading your reports of your time in NYC. Even though I didn’t comment all the time know I was praying for you and the team. ..God is awesome and it sounds like His work is in full swing there…thank you for being a willing servant …. many many blessings to you and the team!

    Ps…thats A LOT of coffee!!!!


    • Levi Thetford

      July 28, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks so much Jenn. Yes, it was a lot of coffee. Lol


  3. Elaine

    July 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Sounds like a wonderfully productive week!


    • Levi Thetford

      July 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

      It has been Elaine but today is #18 for me. It was a month long campaign. Have a great day!!


      • Elaine

        July 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

        You too Levi! Safe travels home tomorrow!


  4. lulu

    July 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

    What an amazing experience. Hats off to you for being willing to share your faith.


    • Levi Thetford

      July 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks Lulu. I so pleased that God still wishes to use me in a small way!!!


  5. Sue C.

    July 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    The perfect example of how Christ’s church should work. Thank you for letting us take this journey with you, Levi. It’s exciting to see what Christ is doing through His children. Please take a day of rest when you get home. Have a safe trip and God bless you.


    • Levi Thetford

      July 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much Sue. You’re a real encouragement to me!!!


  6. Megan

    July 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Praise God!! Thanks for sharing this journey with us, Levi!


    • Levi Thetford

      July 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      It was my pleasure Megan. The Lord is more than good!!!


    • Levi Thetford

      July 29, 2014 at 5:08 am

      The pleasure was mine Megan. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything!!!


  7. johnmarkmiller

    July 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of coffee! So glad you allowed the Lord to use you all on this trip!


    • Levi Thetford

      July 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

      It was spectacular John. The labor was not in vain.


  8. Deborah

    July 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    As a New Yorker for 26 years I applaud you and all the others who took the time to reach out to the people of Nyc. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere lol. The Big Apple is a very fast paced and busy place, so coffee is our favorite boost, glad yours was a hit ๐Ÿ™‚
    God bless you.


    • Levi Thetford

      July 29, 2014 at 5:06 am

      Thanks Deborah. It is very fast paced but The Lord strengthened us all for the task at hand. It was a great experience. Lord bless you!!!


  9. linda parvin hutchinson

    July 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Bravo – job well done!


  10. donna213

    July 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    You really have quite the mission. The outreach and all that coffee.


    • Levi Thetford

      July 29, 2014 at 5:02 am

      I was a busy boy, Donna. I’m flying home this morning and then returning Sunday for another week. It has been quite busy! Hope your doing well.


  11. Heather

    July 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

    So awesome!! Praying for your safe traveling today Levi!! : )


    • Levi Thetford

      July 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Heather, Heather. I’m home. Thanks for your prayers and support. I appreciate you young lady. Lord bless you!!!



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