By Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
When Brett Foote decided to go to Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall of 2016, his wife Laura Foote was in a “really, really dark place.” She struggled with depression — and with church and how she fit in.
“I remember talking to my mom,” she said. “Like Brett’s got this dream and vision now. I was like “Mom, I want that, like what am I doing?”
Laura and her mother, an entrepreneur, began talking about Laura’s love of coffee shops — because of the connections that happen over coffee — and her passion for working with people with disabilities, like her brother Eric.
As she spoke about what an incredible person he was, her mother looked at her and said, “Laura, why don’t you start a coffee shop and employee people affected by disability?”
“Mom,” she shot back, “because I actually don’t know anything about coffee.”
Then Brett enrolled her in a class given by a specialty coffee shop — Expresso 101.
Laura admits she was nervous, but she was determined to see if she could learn anything about coffee — which turned out to be a pivotal, life-changing moment.
“I connected with God through the craft of coffee. As I explained to Brett, I felt like I finally could see in color again.”
Laura felt God’s creativity shining again, through coffee. Here was a place where people could worship and connect with God, while coming together as a community and learning a craft.
Brett and Laura shared their story recently at a Discerning Missional Leadership (DML) assessment for potential 1001 new worshiping community leaders — and their vision and dream of housing an NWC in a coffee shop that employs people with disabilities.