What Tea Means to Me – Part 1

What Tea Means to Me – Part 1

Recently I was sharing with someone the purpose of Café Barnabas and why we exist. I described that through tea, we build relationships with not only the youth but really everyone in Topeka. Whether they are tea drinkers or just like coming and grabbing a quick...
A Light to  Our Fellow Workers

A Light to Our Fellow Workers

Since school is in session, mornings in the café aren’t as busy. But God has allowed this time for the Café to be a refuge to a different audience. Our love for tea and more importantly people has created deeply rooted relationships with other store employees.  The...
Lost Boys

Lost Boys

Every now and again I am quickly reminded of how much energy it takes to continually work with (mostly) middle and high school students. One morning in particular I was delighted to have a quite morning opening the café by myself. Usually I spend this time the getting...
Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

While spending the day in the café, a group of teenage boys came in and one turned out to be one of our current volunteers. After grabbing some samples, they took a few minutes to check out the café décor, smell some loose-leaf tea and look at all our bubble tea...
Two Questions

Two Questions

Two Questions  One afternoon I was working with volunteer and could see that something was bothering them. I asked what the issue was and they responded with two questions.   The first: What do you think of life after death and are you afraid of the outcome?.  This...