New Beginnings

Well, it started.

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That’s right, we opened this week.

It was everything I hoped for and nothing I imagined.

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We woke at 4 am, brewed coffee, loaded up, and set up on the corner of N. Lawrence and Monroe Street.

When 6:30 am hit, traffic started pouring past us walking into work with the look of Monday in their eyes.

We got lots of weird looks, surprised faces, a few cheers, and numerous sales.

People were beside themselves that coffee was finally in downtown Montgomery and conveniently right outside their office.  

And for some reason these cream and sugar bags were the most exciting part to the customers. 🙂

colorboxphoto_8-2We wrapped up the first day with sunburns and a realization for the need of an umbrella.

I only earn farmer’s tans for the one and only Cody Bell, and even still my heart was broken to see that serious tan-line across my lanky bicep.

Nothing a little late night run to Academy Sporting Goods couldn’t fix.

colorboxphoto_12The next morning was much more shaded, extremely adorable, and even more fun.

More people stopped for coffee and lingered longer to learn our story. colorboxphoto_1We brought Brent, our sweet angel and favorite red head to work on Tuesday, and loved seeing him and all of his hard work.  He truly went above and beyond the call of duty, did I mention we love him? colorboxphoto_411855876_10206357311264113_904066235768605151_nHe is so friendly and awesome when he talks to customers that come for coffee.

11825150_10206358799941329_6605303762714127793_n11800526_10103377326507675_6985353404462714518_nThe news station called and did a segment on us Wednesday AND Thursday, giving us free advertising and major nervous tummy (notice mine and Cody’s awkward hand cross, we can’t help it, its our go to “I’m really nervous” stance).

colorboxphoto_11We had friends and strangers that were consistent every single day, delighting our spirits and encouraging us in this little adventure.

colorboxphoto_14You see, the reality of this small adventure of an extremely young couple opening a coffee cart is this: There is something greater than us guiding every moment of it all.

This cart isn’t about Laura or Cody Bell, it’s about the Kingdom.  It’s about what we can give back.  It’s about the rights of human life to live in freedom and not fear.  It’s about helping in the way that we can and in all of this God has given us opportunity after opportunity to pour into this mission.  He has given us publicity, he has given us grace in the hiccups and mess-ups. He sent us new faces to know and stories to hear, He is in charge and we can take NO credit.

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If you haven’t heard of the business, here is a clip from the news segment that can tell you more about our coffee and how your purchase goes towards fighting Human Trafficking.

WSFA Alabama Live!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Amen.

7 thoughts on “New Beginnings

  1. Im so proud of you Cody and Laura! Your idea was a great one, and it’s apparent that Gods certainly blessing your efforts! The hard work, time and dreams have come true and appear to be very appealing to customers! I pray God will continue to send customers as well as people interested in your story and journey will be eager to learn about the real truths behind human trafficking and just how dire and deadly it really is!
    God is truly being glorified through your hard work and desire to honor him and bring awareness to people who know nothing or very little about human trafficking!!!! Love you guys and will pray for continued success!, God is good!!

  2. You really don’t know me, even though we are cousins, but I am so touched by this story and your love for and service to our Lord. My sweet daughter has this same spirit and I cannot wait to show her your story. You have my prayers as you serve. God bless and thank you for your sweet spirit and witness!

  3. Oh I just love you two Bells!!! It’s amazing how faithful and supportive our Father’s been to this mission, this ministry, this coffee company, His children! From publicity, to new, amazing little workers who are joining the cause, to your “regular” customers- He’s supplying it all. Oh and did I mention energy and and over flowing amount of joy and love, because somehow you two are pushing through the tiredness and daily early 4a.m. mornings to continue on! Keep sharing Jean Bean! And we will all keep reading and praying!

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