I could not have picked a better place for this time of my life

Hey you! What passion did God put inside of you that is just waiting to come out and be expressed in multiple ways? I’ve long dreamed of spending some extended time in the States (again). (I am from Germany but I always loved North America.) Little did I know what I’ve gotten myself into when I first came to Awake. My plans were to be a part of a bigger Christian social organisation that helps people in need, not a coffee shop. I wanted to go to the west of the United States, not to the east. In short, my plans did not work out the way I imagined them to… however, God’s plan worked out perfectly. Him knowing my heart and my desires, . Coming from a different country, life has not been super easy in the U.S. Nonetheless, I can see why people are drawn to this place, to the people, to Awake, because you can see God’s love in action within this community! I’ve met people there that are so passionate for Jesus and to build His kingdom, it’s beautifully contagious.

My passion is to help people in need in a practical way, however that will look like. Awake has giving me the chance of living that out and encouraging me to just go for it. It awakened my desire to further pursue that. Even though, I am a rather reserved and introverted person, through Awake I have learned to come out and approach people boldly. Awake had and still has a huge impact in my life and I believe I am kind of stuck with them in the best way possible! Awake will always be a part of me however that will look like!

More than co-workers

Hello, my name is Josiah, or “Brosiah” to most of the Awake family. I’ve been serving at Awake for about a year and a half now, and I can quite honestly say that it’s one of the better things I’ve chosen to do and be a part of. I’ve been homeschooled my entire life and as cool as that has been, it does tend to leave some holes in certain places, like just talking to people for example. I found that something as simple as starting a conversation was awkward and semi difficult. Serving at Awake has been really good to me in that aspect because it has forced me to learn how to start conversations, and even how to share mission and vision which is not something I couldn’t do before. Not only has the Internship taught me some practical life skills, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a family, a family that is there for each other and genuinely cares for each other. I can’t even count the amount of times that I needed someone to talk to and walked into Awake where I was able to just spill my guts to one of the leaders or sometimes even another intern on shift. At the end of the day being part of Awake has made me grow as a person and I’m happy to be a part of such an amazing family.

My names is Josiah, and this is my story…

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They’ve not only created a community, but a home…

I remember when I found Awake two years ago. I had just moved to the area and I was in search for a space where I could quietly work. So when I typed in ‘coffee shops near me’ I was thrilled to see it was only a short distance away. I was hoping it was a space where I would encounter peace and quiet, but I found so much more… community.

As an introvert and a recovering striver, I wasn’t looking to build any relationships. I just wanted to sit in isolation as I tackled my to-do list, but from the moment I arrived I was welcomed with not just service, but love. The service and love given by the team compels me to come back every time with expectation. Expecting that I will be loved, served, and encounter the presence of God.They’ve not only created a community, but a home I can come back to that is filled with love, service, and prayer. And of course the coffee helps too!

I’m Janelle Brown, and this is my story..