Whom does Café Feliz serve?
Café Feliz exists to serve, ultimately, the unreached and unengaged peoples of the Middle & Far East who do not yet have easy access to the life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. The collateral beneficiaries of this endeavor are:
• The Costa Rican churches which are sending cross-cultural workers into those areas for evangelism and discipleship, through small businesses planted in communities without an evangelical witness
• The North American churches which are devoted to eradicating the sacred/secular divide in this lifetime
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More info on the demographics being served and targeted:
Target: Unreached and unengaged peoples of the Middle & Far East – This region of the world is where the majority of the world religions live and has been referred to by missions organizations as “the 10/40 window” or “restricted/creative access countries.” It is home to 97% of the world’s most unengaged and unreached peoples, but receives less than 1% of funding and less than 10% of the cross-cultural workers being sent out from North America.
Current: The Costa Rican church – Coming out of the Catholic tradition, Costa Rican evangelical believers are now recognizing the importance of sending their own to the unreached peoples of the world. In the past 10 years, through a notable, but inexplicable, movement of God, Costa Ricans (as well as other Latinos) are volunteering to live in creative access countries as cross-cultural workers. Initially, they are following the traditional donor-based support model of the North American church’s missionaries, which proves to be a difficult and time-consuming endeavor, particularly when the average length of time for donors to provide financial support is four years or fewer. When the donations dry up, these workers’ home cultures lead them to start businesses in an effort to remain in-country (maintain their visas and supplement their financial needs). Without the proper training and support mechanisms in place to help them succeed in their cross-cultural businesses, these workers are returning home discouraged, having failed in both their businesses and in their ministry work.
True Story – J&C, Costa Rican workers in the Middle East: In 2015, Café Feliz received an inquiry from workers who were no longer able to maintain their visa in their specific country, unless they were able to provide proof of a legal business to maintain residency. Their mission director put them in touch with us, hoping they could sell Costa Rican coffee through Café Feliz and maintain a business visa for developing relationships with people in their community. At the time of the inquiry, Café Feliz was not yet prepared to have their coffee shipped to this country and the family returned to Costa Rica to regroup and strategize for their next assignment. It is servants like J&C whom Café Feliz will mobilize and equip to enter creative access countries, through a coffee business, so that they are free to work in the unreached communities to which God calls them.
True Story – E&F, Costa Rican workers in Middle East and Southern Europe: The Footes have been friends with E&F’s family and missions sending agency since 2010. When they met, E&F were a classic Latino family who had obeyed God’s call to go to the ends of the earth to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and had found their source of financial support drying up while overseas. The husband began a woodworking business to establish a presence and to develop relationships in their community, but without the training and support he needed to set up his business for success, the business failed and the family returned to Costa Rica to heal and to discern what was next. They eventually moved on to serve among refugees, and now are ministering in Southern European communities there. The wife is skilled in cutting and styling hair, but desires to have support and training in how to set up a salon business to succeed in those contexts. A partnership between Café Feliz and this couple would allow for them to sell coffee from their homeland in whichever context they serve, as well as give Jordan & Marie the opportunity to consult with them, providing them with BAM training and encouragement, as their context requires.
Current: The North American Church – In the 14 years prior to committing to “Business as Missions” in a cross-cultural context, Jordan Foote was an employee of the Comcast Corporation in Broadcast Operations and eventually became a Business Analyst for the Comcast Media Center. It was often a frustration for Jordan, when at church, to see that missions opportunities typically required service of either manual labor, teaching women & children, or medical work – none of which he was passionate about doing. The only other “advertised” option for him to serve was to pray for and to give to those who would serve in those ways. However, what he did get excited about was using his business skills to develop relationships which would open doors for the transformational gospel to be shared in everyday ways.
As the Lord worked in Jordan’s heart, he grew in his desire to influence multiple generations of non-traditional missions workers through Business as Missions in developing countries, but also in the North American church, which is underutilized and uninspired to take its place in the service of proclaiming the gospel in their business contexts. Jordan and Marie are actively asking the Lord to bring genuine revival to the North American church. The role they seek to play is to revolutionize the ways in which business people are limited to serve in missions and, in doing so, to break down the current cultural dividing line between those whose job it is to disciple people (clergy, sacred, Levitical roles) and those who “ought to” sit and listen to them disciple people, when not working at their everyday jobs (everybody else). By creating and running a truly missional business like Café Feliz, the Footes want to lead North American business professionals into a lifestyle of taking the church back from its culture, so that the Spirit of God can transform all peoples in a powerful way, both inside and outside the Church walls.