Pslams 23:5 | Building Up
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
As I was building The Caffeine Experience with the help of my prison officer, Mr Hilary Lo, we were faced with lots of problems; from product failure, to low sales, to hopelessness There were many moments where i wanted to give up and there were many moments where discouragements from friendly suggestions sounded correct, yet we continued to press on. It was not easy and we do not expect everyone to stay the path. Some stood by us, some abandoned ship. It was a winding road of emotional roller-coaster.
We got another breakthrough as we open our second cafe in Tan Tock Seng Hospital in November 2018. Sales was good and staff’s moral was high. Slowly complacency creeped in and delinquency became our stumbling block. 9 months later, we had to take stock of our direction as accusations of fraud and legal threats threatened to destroy the the existence of this social enterprise.
At this point of crisis, most of our beneficiaries courageously stood up for the cause. Though they were individually targeted and fired from their jobs, they stood firm in their core belief of TCE. Their courage showed us the reason to continue the work. The work of a supportive social enterprise. And again, with God’s blessing, the same benefactor came forward to buy over the aggressors share, gave them the money they so treasured, kicked the “Pharisees” out and gave TCE a new lease of life.
“Thank you God for preparing a table for me in the presence of my enemy and anoint my head with oil and giving me a cup that overflows to the people around me now.”
The Caffeine Experience 2.0 restarted.