Cartoon coffee shop inspires real coffee shop?

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I received an email back in October of this year (2009) from Reinhardt Burger of South Africa. In the email Mr. Burger asked me if I would send him a high resolution file of one of my cartoons, titled “Faith Cup”. He told me it was the cartoon “that started a new walk with the LORD”. A text document attached to the email gave more details. The first sentence mentioned the cartoon: “On 14 November 2007 our Father moved the spirit of one of his servants through an email he received with the cartoon as seen below to start a Grace Café in Hermanus, South Africa.” The document went on to tell how the writer was inspired to open a Christian Coffee Shop ministry in his city. He described the coffee shop as a place where people can drink coffee or tea, read Christian literature, listen to Christian music, and receive sound, Christian counseling. You can find out more about this unique minstry at www.gracecafe.co.za.

I wrote back to Mr. Burger and asked him if the idea for the Grace Café was really inspired by my cartoon. It seemed unbelievable to me. He replied, “Yes, you are right. The Grace Café concept started with your cartoon.” What an encouraging example of how the Lord can take something you’ve done and use it to bless and inspire others in ways you could not possibly imagine.

The real Grace Café in Hermanus, South Africa

The real Grace Café in Hermanus, South Africa