The Edge Missions Network is celebrating the work of two staff members who exemplified the 2019 vision to be the touch of Jesus through intentional hospitality and compassion.
In 2019 Edge barista, 29-year-old Grace Johnston, visited Panama, Kenya, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Grace also works as a coffee buyer for Sojourn Roasting Company, one of our Business As Missions partners. She combines her passion for ministry at The Edge Coffeehouse with her job sourcing coffee.
On her most recent trip, Grace ministered to students at a public high school in Costa Rica, while teaching them to use their espresso machine and various pour-over coffee techniques. She also built relationships with coffee farmers in the region, laying the groundwork for importing their coffee to be sold at The Edge Coffeehouse.
Another Edge staffer, 25-year-old Chelsea Harp, is a talented performer who spent the Christmas season performing at Disneyland Hong Kong. At The Edge Church, she serves as Mercy and Care Coordinator and sings with the praise team.
While in Hong Kong, Chelsea visited Christians in Tai O, a small fishing village outside of the city. Among those she visited were a pastor and his brother, who owns a small coffee shop in the fishing village. The Edge Coffeehouse team has already video conferenced with the Tai O coffee shop owner about how we can assist them in using coffee as missions.
Before coming home, Chelsea flew to Myanmar (Burma) to visit the Edge Network partners in Yangon. There she sang in a worship service and helped with children’s ministry. Chelsea’s visit was a beautiful way to be the touch of Jesus for our partners working in this difficult region.
The Edge Missions Network is thankful for young adults like Grace and Chelsea, who use their vocations as a way to be the touch of Jesus around the world.
By Rev. Steve Sandfort
Pastor, The Edge Church, and Coffeehouse
The Edge Missions Network