There are some 163,000 children & youth under the age of 18 living in Cologne. In Nippes, the district where we live, there are only a few churches that have any organized or unorganized ministry to reach youth. With God’s help we want to work towards changing that to give students the opportunity experience God’s love and maybe connect them to a local church so they can experience christian community.
Quantity time is quality time. We believe that if we are going to help youth in Cologne meet Christ, we will have to spend quality and quantity time with them. In order to give us a platform to do this we have rented (as of May 28th, 2009) a store front location near 5 of the high schools in Nippes. Our hope is that this Café will provide an open door for youth, a safe and neutral place for them to spend their afternoons and evenings, and give us the opportunity to meet new youth and build deeper relationships with them on a regular basis. We hope this space will aid as we share Christ’s love and message of hope in a tangible and clear way to youth in Cologne.
We have now been open since October 6th, 2009. We are open 5 days a week from 1-6 pm and have a couple of special events each month. Each day about 10 – 20 kids visit the cafe. We are constantly amazed that over this short amount of time that God has allowed us to get to know so many kids that live in our section of Cologne.