Sunday, August 11, 2013

Meeting at The Well

With Rob and Aimee Touchstoneat Three French Hens, Nolensville, TN(Click for larger picture)I love it when God weaves our lives together…Saturday morning, I ran over to Nolensville to mail some packages and then––seeing how I love poking around antique stores––I continued half a mile down the road to the quaint little row of antique shops where I've found a few treasures before.I hadn't been in Three French Hens for more than a minute or two when a friend I hadn't met yet approached me. And I'm so glad she did! Aimee Touchstone, you absolutely made my day, lady. I'm grateful for your kind words about my books and am so glad we connected.Aimee's family was with her too, so I had the pleasure of meeting them as well. As it turns out, their family is involved in a ministry that's important to Joe and me as well––providing clean drinking water to third world communities who don't have it.Aimee's husband Rob is the Co-founder, Pastoral and Mission Director for The Well Coffeehouse, a non-profit coffee house in the heart of Nashville (Green Hills area), and their purpose is to change the world, one cup of coffee at a time. Listen as Rob shares their vision and their love for people…With Aimee Touchstone at Three French Hens,Nolensville, TNDid you know…"...6,000 people die every single day because they have no water or from water-born illnesses.  There are solutions to this problem.  But they involve digging not only into the ground, but into our hearts and our pockets.  The Well has a passion to bring clean water to people and to save lives.  A well, or clean water system, can literally save thousands of lives.  And they can be built for anywhere between $1000-$12,000 per well.  We want to help build as many as possible in order to help save thousands of lives.  When you buy coffee at The Well you are helping to give clean water and to save lives." [Read their entire mission statement on their website]The Well Coffeehouse2035 Richard Jones RoadNashville, TN 37215The name The Well comes from John 4 and Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. I love Jesus' response to her when she questions why he's asking her for a drink… "Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." (NIV)What a privilege to partner with an organization like The Well to provide not only clean drinking water, but living water as well. I'll be making a special trip to The Well very soon and––if you live in Nashville or when you're passing through––I hope you will too. They also have a full online store with coffee, a to-die-for mug, shirts, and much more.I love how God weaves our lives together. I thought I was going to Three French Hens on Saturday morning to unearth a treasure. And as it turns out, I did. Thanks, Aimee! Thanks, Rob! And blessings in your ministry. I'll be seeing you again soon.Are you involved with an organization that helps provide water to third world countries? If not, I'd encourage you to check into The Well. And if you're an antique shopper, I'd love to know what treasures you've unearthed recently. Blessings on your Tuesday!

Meeting at The Well Images

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... - Boxes with Miniature Painting - "Meeting at the Well" Lacquer Box
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Four well-dressed women meeting at the net after a game of lawn tennis ...
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