The Story that started it all:
“I work at a center for homeless folks. As I arrive, I walk past 30 men and women—cold and hungry—standing in a jagged line waiting for the doors to be unlocked to get into the Center. I just arrived on a pair of young legs after a full night’s rest and a filling breakfast within a warm house. Injustice. The waiting room is filled with mostly African American men. I glance over the staff and realize many of us are White women. Injustice. I call a guest back to my desk. He has not been in the position of being offered a desk…maybe ever. Injustice. He proceeds to tell me his story. He had a nervous breakdown several years ago when his friend and housemate died of cancer, and he still deals with severe depression. His family disowned and abandoned him because of his condition. My family supports and accepts me as I am.Injustice. He made some bad choices and ended up in jail. Upon being released he was left with no ID or important documentation, and in his state, laws exist that can put someone in jail for not carrying a photo ID. Injustice. Most jobs require a photo ID, but he needs his birth certificate to obtain his ID, which can take up to three months to get. Injustice. I begin to type him a referral letter to a clothing closet. I enter his name into the appropriate places on the template, and then backspace to place “Mr.” at the beginning. He tears up and says, “Wow…Mister…I haven’t seen that in front of my name in over 5 years…in prison it was just a number.” I am blessed to be the one to give Mr. Benson the dignity of being a man. Justice. He later shows me a certificate he worked to earn over the 5 1/2 years he was in jail. Mr. Benson was able to earn his Minister’s License. Justice. He spent his last $2.00 on a cup of coffee for another homeless man. A drink of justice.”
- In 2008 American adults spent over 160 million dollars on gourmet coffee drinks every day…that’s nearly 61 billion dollars for the year.
- If you buy one grande gourmet drink per day at a price of $3.50 you’re spending $1300/year on convenience coffee drinks. This does not account for all the other convenience or luxury drinks you might buy like pricey restaurant soft and alcoholic drinks or gas station drinks.
- If 100 people save their weekly beverage-money for one year and put it all together, they can support one Mission Year Team Member in engaging love and justice in an urban community.
- If 500 people give one $3 drink of justice per week, they can raise enough money to support an entire 6-person Mission Year Team.
We were created by God, not as mere consumers, but as contributors to His story.