that time when God arranged a Starbucks meeting….


A few weeks ago, I met two church planters at Starbucks.  They were sitting at the table behind me, and I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on their conversation.  They were talking about Jesus, the New Testament, and Francis Chan.  I kept debating if it was socially acceptable to butt in or not, and like any other situation where I’m faced with “should I be awkward in public?” I decided that answer was “yes”. 🙂 So I turned around and introduced myself and told them what prompted my awkward hello.

The awkward eavesdropping turned into a long conversation with these gentlemen.  Turns out they are starting a church and embarking on  their own ministry futures.  They were inspiring!  Within seconds it was evident that they loved people. They weren’t planting a church – they were living the church.  I had to rush out to pick up my daughter and weeks went by before I saw them again.

Today, I ended up next to them, same tables, different day (no, not planned).  We started chatting again, this time for 2 1/2 hours!  While I was sipping the coffee that I didn’t purchase (as their means to teach me to learn how to receive support 🙂 ), I realized God ordained this meeting (yet again).

I’ve been struggling with discouragement.  Big time.  Support raising is definitely a roller coaster of emotions.  I tend to internalize the reactions I receive from people, and that’s hard (PS – that’s been a lifetime battle).  Just last night I asked for prayer at church for encouragement………and that’s where these guys come in.

For 2 1/2 hours, they did nothing but encourage me.  I wanted so much to ask them more about their own lives:  more details about their ministry, their families, their passion for church planting…but they are so busy encouraging me and asking about our support raising process that I could barely get a word in edgewise. 🙂

Do you know what it’s like to be encouraged for 2 1/2 hours straight?  I do!  It feels awesome.  God knew just what I needed.

I got home and couldn’t shake this thankfulness in my heart.  Then it hit me – in a very powerful way – I’ve been a believer for 28 years of my life….and I need regular reminders of God’s hope.  I need encouragement ALL.THE.TIME.

Do you see this?  If I, having known God for 87.5% of my life, still need regular reminders of God’s great HOPE… do the Japanese  feel?  If they have lived their lives without hope – without eternal hope from God – certainly they need encouraged.  Certainly they need ONE reminder of hope. And if they’ve never heard – how soon do they need told?  Ten years from now?  No, immediately. Hope is an immediate need.  They deserve to be told. 

“Here I am, send me”…


1 thought on “that time when God arranged a Starbucks meeting….”

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    Mary Brock on November 14, 2014 Reply

    Your blog about being encouraged is encouraging! Our need for encouragement is great because the presence of God in this world is so hidden. We need to search Him out, in a way. And the only way to keep searching for Him in the chaos around is to have hope. You are not alone in this need. And as you have discovered, He is more than willing to provide it when we ask. Thanks for this, Kaytlin!

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