Monday, July 22, 2013

Poop Cards For All Who Participate

Poop cards for all who participate
As of late, we have had a lot of customers that have been frequenting our restaurant. There is a large batch of them that are involved in a variety of volunteer projects through one of the local language schools.
Poster boy of the Poop Card!

When these young people come up to the counter after scouring the bottom of their glass to get the last of the mint chocolate cookies and melted ice cream, they often whip out what has been coined, “the poop card!”

Why in the world would you call it that? Well, let me tell you. Do any of you remember how poor you were in college? How about the chinsy food you ate, or rather didn’t eat, to save money for a weekend excursion while in college? Well, these young adults are in the same boat. They are here studying and volunteering in Cusco and are doing it on a limited budget.

One of our former volunteers just happened to be doing a research study on traveler’s diarrhea. We came up with the plan to offer the research subjects an incentive to return the stool samples to the research study. We presold “poop cards” which are essentially a gift certificate for a free coffee, waffle, or whatever floats your boat. Young adults on tight budgets are suckers for free food and drinks. It is a match made in heaven. Each day, there are a handful of people cashing in their “poop cards.”

So, if you are ever in Cusco and have had the misfortune of having your wallet stolen, there is an alternative for you; A stool sample is essentially good for a coffee and a waffle at The Meeting Place…FYI-We only accept the cards…

Can You Tell Me How To Get To Jesus?

Guy walks into the cafĂ© and begins by asking, “Can you tell me how to get to Jesus?”
Jesus is right up there!
I double took and realized he was serious. I gathered my whit and replied by saying, “as a matter of fact I can? I am a missionary. I ought to be able to help.”
“It’s really easy.” I replied. “You just go up the stairs and take that road to the end, then go right. There are a few turns and zig zags, but once you get to the end, take a right and keep going til you reach the top.”
It’s not every day that people ask that question. In fact, this was a guy looking for the statue of Christ that stands overlooking the city of Cusco. You can’t miss him. Arms stretched out wide just waiting for you. I was able to give him some simple directions. I am sure he found what he was looking for.
It was a funny moment..All of our Christian volunteers that were at the front counter waited intently as I gathered my wherewithal to answer the question. In this case, the question was not one of eternal life, but rather directions for a place around town. However, life goes just like that.  When the opportunity lands in your lap, will you find that you are you prepared to give good directions when asked? I recall something in the Bible about being prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have.
…Something to think about.