In October of 2006, my wife Grace and I took on the undertaking of our lives by opening up a youth hang-out in the snowy burg of Iron River, MI. We called it HeBrews Coffee & Music and we hoped and prayed it would change this cold place forever, giving kids and people a chance to hang out, drink coffee, listen to or play any kind of music…and hopefully grow in God.
Up until the Spring of 2010, we did everything in that coffee shop: we worked, cleaned and served there 80-90+ hours per week…we threw up to five concerts a month for over two years…we ate in there, ended up building an apartment in the back and living in there…and ultimately, we had our third baby Torah in there with our midwife. We made the coffee and played Halo and chatted with kids. We watched out for sexual predators while dodging rumors that we sold drugs to children, shot cops, and were a terrorist-run Islamic cult!
Some of the community loved us, others were scared of us and avoided driving by the place. Some came to see the beautiful, 100-year-old church we were in and still others constantly came to track their wayward sons and daughters down. Overall, we did change our town–I think. And we have never given up on the idea that God can overcome a nonexistent economy, alcoholism, hard drugs, and every kind of abuse to bring a flood of His Holy Spirit and Revival!
Where are we now? Well, after all our travels in the last year and a half, we are right back in here–HeBrews Coffee & Music. This is where our outreaches and worship and the Tribe of Judah and our school all began; this simple basement. So, we are seeking, as of this August, to get things ready to relaunch everything again on September 11th. We are gonna throw a Sunday afternoon bash complete with a relaxing gathering of pastors including our friend John Higgins who started Shiloh ministries. Add to this a grill-out, games, an open house for our building, a rummage sale, and wrap it up with an evening of Christian punk rock from Faltfoot 56 and The Scurvies! Awesome. We will continue on Monday with worship, speaking and sharing from our friends and pastors in other ministries and an orientation to our school.
Yeah, that’s how we roll.
If you are reading this, consider yourself invited to come stay and eat with us for, “two days, two months, or two years!”