Compassion, Mocha And Justice

About a year ago, when I was first getting involved with Buckhead Church, a bunch of us would gather at the local StarBucks before church. It was a time for us to catch up on everyone’s week, talk about life etc and generally just prepare for church that day.

International Justice Day - Mocha Club
International Justice Day - Mocha Club

Over time our group grew larger and larger and finally got to a point where we felt like it would be cool to do something “different”. So my buddy Aubrey came up with the fantastic idea to raise money for the Mocha Club. So we set up a Facebook group and called ourselves the StarBuckHeads. We got all our friends on the group and then sent them a tantalizing message to show up early this coming Sunday.

We had a huge response to our little campaign and we were able to raise about $250! Which isn’t bad for a bunch of 20 & 30 something’s at the last minute. Aubrey even built us a little web site to make taking donations easier and I like to think it really started something long term for some of those people.

Well time has passed and while some of us still gather on Sundays many of us have moved onto other service times, other locations around the world or just other endeavors. But this little act of kindness still sticks with me.

In fact it’s kind of haunted me to do more.

So when Scot McKnight came to church and gave a little 2 part sermon entitled “Jesus Creed”, He challenged each of us to “Do Something”.I took this to heart and knew I didn’t want to just do something one time, or something which I could put on a schedule. I wanted to do something different, something where I knew I was making a difference without physically making a difference. Something where my little act would allow God to do more and take more credit for my action then me.

My Compassion Kid
My Compassion Kid

So I sponsored a Compassion Child, pictured to the left is my Compassion Child Anes. The seed to do this was planted many months ago when I followed Pete Wilson and team on a trip to India (Anne’s thoughts here) for Compassion. Listening to him and Anne talk about the children they sponsored and about their journey really hit a cord with me.

God apparently was very keen on this idea because the day after I made the decision to do it, he blessed me with some contract work which allowed me to pay for a full year in advance. I’m super excited to begin this journey and can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you.

So today take a stand and do something by supporting the Mocha Club for International Justice Day or help a kid with Compassion International. Or if you can’t do either of those just smile at someone today whom you’d probably never smile at.

Change starts with you and me.

5 Replies to “Compassion, Mocha And Justice”

  1. Great post. Thanks for writing about Mocha Club! We would love to add your post to our blogroll- will you email me so we can do that? (annie [at] mochaclub [dot] org)

    Thanks again!!!

  2. Hi Ryan,

    Great post!

    Maybe catch ya at Starbucks sometime soon, either at Starbucks at 285/South Atlanta Road or at your Starbucks.

    Love the Mocha Club idea and Star Buck Heads [what a hoot 🙂 ]

    Blessings,

    Paul
    The Mayor of
    Starbucks 🙂

  3. Hi Ryan,

    Great post!

    Maybe catch ya at Starbucks sometime soon, either at Starbucks at 285/South Atlanta Road or at your Starbucks.

    Love the Mocha Club idea and Star Buck Heads [what a hoot 🙂 ]

    Blessings,

    Paul
    The Mayor of
    Starbucks 🙂

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