At Calvary Chapel Belem, our church building is located directly across the street from a substantial university called UNAMA, the University of the Amazon, bringing a large amount of foot traffic in front of our building throughout the week. This traffic continues throughout the day and into the night, bringing an energetic ambiance to this bustling downtown.
With a high concentration of students, faculty, and businesses, there couldn't be a more incredible opportunity to minister the Gospel to our city through a tasty cup of coffee. Since we only use the building in the evenings for church service and activities, the location is perfect for a coffee shop ministry during the day. Constructing and operating a coffee shop provides countless possible interpersonal connections with the people of our city and helps make our presence known in the area.
With our building essentially empty during the day in a vibrant educational hub, the coffee shop ministry accomplishes three vital purposes:
At Calvary Chapel Belem, we desire to make the Gospel known through every endeavor, including providing great coffee. We believe we have a unique opportunity with the coffee shop ministry to shine for the Lord directly across from the secular university.
The first purpose of the coffee shop ministry is to provide job opportunities for people we serve, especially those we hope to come out of the sex trafficking trades. Working in tandem with our Proverbs 24:11 Ministry, as people leave that line of work, we have an employment opportunity to help them.
As they work inside the coffee shop, they can begin to build a new life one cup of coffee at a time while we get more time to minister to them. This employment opportunity provides practical help for them as they leave their primary source of income behind. We also get to spend time working alongside them, bringing spiritual guidance through discipleship.
The secondary purpose of the coffee shop is to open the doors of our church building to our community. With college students, faculty, and neighbors passing by every day, the coffee shop creates an open door for people to enter our building which generally would not.
The ultimate goal of our church is to proclaim the Gospel, and the coffee shop provides more personal contact with our community to get to know them and create relationships. As they are introduced to our building, coffee, and workers, we gain opportunity, influence, and point of contact to minister to them in the future.
The third purpose of the coffee shop is to create a revenue stream to offset the expense of the building. For our church and many others, the building is the most significant expense. Suppose the facility can produce money for itself and even become self-sufficient through the sale of coffee.
In that case, we can use the tithes and offerings for ministry rather than just administrative purposes. With prayer and provision from the Lord, we are excited for what the Lord wants to do through this exciting coffee ministry.
We are creating this ministry as one of many ways to impact our community in their daily lives by providing employment opportunities, opening the church to the community, and generating income through coffee. By giving us more contact with students, faculty, and the community, we can be witnesses by regularly serving them a cup of coffee. The coffee shop further builds our team through discipleship and active ministry, working arm and arm with those the Lord has touched and rescued.
Dia Gratia is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit ministry, serving people and ministries all over the world, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching the word of God and ministering to the physical needs of suffering people, sharing grace, love and hope in the name of Jesus.
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What a year, right?!? This year has been a time of change, growth and adaptation for everyone around the world, and it is no different for us. The year 2020 has held monumental changes for our church, its ministries and our family. We certainly have been blessed by the Lord through our faithful supporting churches and individuals around the world that we are able to continue ministering and serving here in Belem, Brazil