I know what people are thinking. Starbucks? What a waste of money. Ok, not everyone. Those who love cold coffee drinks would argue that it’s worth it. The truth is a trip to Starbucks is not something that I make a habit of. An opportunity to connect with one of our Hope Program students, however, is something that’s worth the investment.
A couple of weeks ago Edgar moved into our home. He is seventeen and just two weeks into his college career. He’s new to our program and is filled with questions. The thing about most seventeen-year-old boys though is that it can be like pulling teeth to get them to verbalize their questions, and much more so their thoughts.
We’ve just come out of a very busy season here in Monterrey, and Edgar unfortunately moved in during the last couple weeks of that season. The great news is that today Edgar and I had the chance to hang out together one-on-one. I needed to drop off a student at school so that they could turn-in a summer project. As I was about to run out the door, I shouted to Edgar, “Come on, I’m taking you out!” He quickly grabbed his shoes and we were off.
After we dropped the other student at school, my only intention was to find some place for Edgar and I to sit and chat. It had crossed my mind to find a café to grab a coke, or an ice cream shop, but we just happened across a quaint little Starbucks. It was Edgar’s first visit and of course his first Venti Caramel Frappucino. More importantly it was ninety minutes to connect on a personal level. It was a chance to have a great conversation. We talked about school and personal growth; we talked about my expectations for Edgar and about his aspirations; we talked about his adjustment to someplace new; and in the end we talked about God’s provision, God’s plan, and Edgar’s understanding of who God is. I could not have been more pleased with the time.
The money spent at Starbucks was well worth the investment. The fruit from that hour and a half invested in Edgar may not be fully realized this side of eternity, but I have a feeling that our conversation was a start to a great relationship. I have a feeling it was a conversation and investment that is going to bring many great returns.