Since you are reading this, you probably received Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts at work from some generous strangers. It was paid for and delivered to you by my youth group, known as EPICChurchTime of Bible Baptist Church.
We took on this project as a way to honor and serve under-appreciated members of our community such as emergency workers, staff of assisted living and memory care centers, hospitals and grocery store workers who were hard at work, even on a Saturday. Without a doubt, you have made enormous sacrifices to provide your services and have probably dealt with more than your share of frustrations with less than your share of gratitude in return. For that reason, I hope these donuts and coffee were a small token of gratitude to you.
However, this project is more than a simple random act of kindness. There’s a decision you’ll be presented with and what you decide will literally mean the difference between life and death for some people. That is why I wasn’t exaggerating when your coffee cup was labeled “The most important cup of coffee you’ll ever have.”
That may sound melodramatic, but it is true. American citizens and everyone fortunate enough to live in a first-world country make up roughly 5% of the world’s population. For over a hundred years, these citizens have experienced an era of peace and prosperity which has never been matched at any point in history. We’ve been spoiled by such luxuries as unemployment benefits, food stamps and welfare that we’ve come to take them for granted and we really have no idea what it’s like to be vulnerable to life-threatening poverty; the kind like they experience in Sierra Leone when a child contracts malaria and the nearest hospital is a 12-hour journey away on foot, and medical insurance doesn’t exist.
This is the most important cup of coffee you’ll ever drink because it’s how I asked you to join the resistance. There’s a war going on that we are all a part of, and everyone will be forced to take a side whether they like it or not. There’s no neutral party in this war. I described the nature of the war here. Please check it out and then click to decide which side of the war you are on: