Cafe Time

November 7, 2016
by Kirsti Sipila

Isaiah 6:8 – Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (NIV)

My daily walks include meeting people, and so it was one day, that I asked a lady if I could sit on the other side of an outdoor table at a cafe. After a brief silence, we engaged in conversation about how lovely the day was. We found more to share about, as if we were old friends meeting after a long time.

Before long, our conversation entered into church life and what it meant. My new friend shared that she was new in town with no church home, but she was looking around. I thought that I would suggest some for her to consider, as some people like to shop around. In the coming days, she was in my prayers, never thinking that I might meet her again.

Weeks went by, and I went for my daily walk, stopping at the same cafe. After asking for permission, I sat down at the same table, and to my big surprise, my new friend was sitting at the other side of the table!

We joyfully greeted each other, laughing at the situation. She quickly said that she was now going to a church, and it was because I had said something to get her acting. Just talking to me gave her the last encouragement that she needed. She was also volunteering for the youth mission and would soon have a meeting about that.

I was delighted to listen to her and to watch her joy about finding a church home and an opportunity to serve. She told me that she will now tell others how just listening to an old person can be such a transforming moment, turning things full circle, like night to day.

It has been my custom to ask the Lord to guide me to meet the next soul for whom I can be a messenger for Him, and I enjoy being one. No matter how clumsy I might be, the Lord turns my Finnish accent into a blessing, and I thank Him for that! My new friend was living proof of my purpose being fulfilled as a mentor to the young. And she will be a blessing to others. More than that, it blessed me that someone was looking to find a church home instead walking out on one.

I thank God for my daily walks that have filled my life with purpose and meaning. My prayer is that the Lord will complete the good work that He has begun in the lives that I meet in the park or at the cafe or the street corner, and that each one will become strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah answered, "Here am I. Send me!" when he heard the call, "Who will go for us?" May each of us also be prepared to respond in like manner if, today, we, too, hear the call of the Master.

Prayer: Living Lord and God, thank You for the blessed, heartwarming moments when we can be Spirit-filled messengers of Yours, even in old age, as mentors of the young. May we have many missions to accomplish for You as You work in the lives of those who receive our messages. Help us to be strong in the grace that is in You. Glory to the name of Jesus! Amen.

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Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>
Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Bless you, Kirsti.


    Wonderful story and challenge Kirsti.


    Thanks Kirsti for this encouragement to keep sharing the Gospel. Blessings.


    Kirsti – thanks for sharing this experience with us. May God continue to guide you as He “sends you” on your walks for Him.


    What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. I thoroughly enjoy your daily devotions! You are a wonderful inspiration. Please don’t stop telling us about all your adventures.


    Thank you, Kristi, for showing us an interesting way to share our faith without being overbearing.
    Blessings.


    Dear Kirsti:
    God bless you in the wonderful work you are doing for Him. I just love people like you who will speak to complete strangers and offer them such warm hospitality. Thanks for sharing this great story.


    Dear Kirsti,
    Your devotionals are always a blessing to me.
    I am blessed by hearing how you continue to do the good works that God has planned for you to do. I pray that we will do the good works that God has planned for us.


    Dear Kirsta,
    Thank you for to-day’s devotional.
    We paid tribute to my wife as she has now been “Promoted to Glory”.
    Many spoke of how she inspired them as she made positive choices throughout the 80+ years of her life.
    I was encouraged by your article to try and continue to do so.


    Dear Kristi,
    So good to hear of your experiences finding persons you could help when chatting at the outdoor restaurant.
    Just this week, I was out for a walk, a car passed me and pulled over near my house.
    A young man stepped out and asked, “May I pray for you?”
    “Yes,” I said, “But who are you?”
    We each gave a bit of information about ourselves. He told me he was a minister.
    I invited him to sit and talk. It was late afternoon of a beautiful fall day.
    We sat and prayed for one another, and chatted.
    “God works in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform.
    He plants his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm.”
    Keep writing.


    Dear Kristi, It has taken a while for the Lord to teach me how my the experiences of my life are valuable to others because perhaps they had similar experiences.
    My father (earthly) figured Christians had to be nuts as they did things like they loved the people who had been behind bars or broken the law or hurt people that were their neighbours or acquaintenances. The Bible calls us sinners, and so we are. He didn’t understand them so he tried to make them understand what was right. We can only witness to what we have been taught by our Heavenly Father.
    Life experience has taught me that as we depend on our experience in Christ we realize when we ask He always answers — not always as we expect but rather as He knows best. I am 75 years old — committed my life over 30 years ago. Many of those who witnessed their faith to me didn’t expect me to be a CARBON COPY OF THEIR WITNESS TO ME. Over the years I have tried to witness to the difference being a follower of Jesus has made to me. THANK YOU Kristi.


    Be God’s Ambassador.


    Dear Kristi,
    I pray that God will continually bless you mightily.

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