Christine and I will attend our last Friday Night Coffeehouse as Youth Community Outreach directors on June 5. This fact seems surreal and very much unfathomable.

We did the math. Over the past four years we have attended almost 200 Friday nights!

We have seen a lot of change occur during our time. In the beginning, Coffeehouse was an open hangout for high schoolers. Now, Coffeehouse includes junior high students.  It also has an organized gathering, while still holding the elements of a fun hangout.  Coffeehouse has always included a mix of students who are connected and disconnected from faith and church.

We’ve tried to be faithful to do the things that God asked us to do at Friday Night Coffeehouse. We worked hard to create an irresistible Friday Night experience in which all students feel safe and welcome. We have prayed for students not only to attend, but to think long and hard about God and following Jesus. And finally, we have done our best to promote a community posture in which we take care of each other.

The book of Joshua summarizes God’s work through His appointed people, “Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.  Coffeehouse is entering a new chapter. Under Danny Munoz’s leadership, we anticipate the “good promises” God will fulfill through his servant Danny. As we watch from a distance overseas we look forward to staying connected to many of the students and leaders, and hearing of what God is doing in the next season of Friday Night Coffeehouse.

As we transition, we take all the lessons we’ve learned, friendships we’ve made, mistakes we’ve committed, and memories we’ve shared to our new home. We believe we have left our mark on Friday Night Coffeehouse, and we look forward to doing the same in the work that is to come.