Chai means life in Hebrew and 3:16 refers to John 3:16 which talks about eternal life. There are 808 million young people below the age of 35 in India. Sadly Bangalore has been the suicide capital for quite sometime. One of the main reasons is because of the educational and parental pressures. Most of the time the value of the child in our culture is based on their academic report, hence these days a lot them are not able to keep up to the expectations of their families, resulting in suicidal tendencies. We hardly have any counseling centers but every corner has a tuition center. This shows that education is valued more than life itself.
Chai316 is a non-commercial, 400 seater café, where only Chai is served and the price of the Chai is decided by the students. Volunteers from different spheres of the society from all over the world come here to serve as waiters and waitresses. Our goal here is – 80% listening and 20% talking, if needed. As we listen to the problems of the students, our goal is to value them, and love them, the way Jesus loves us.
We operate from Monday to Saturday, from 11:16 AM to 7:00 PM.
Once a month, on a friday at 5:16 P.M, we a concert.
Every Saturday afternoon at 3:16 pm we have our Worship Celebration service.
We are closed on Sundays.
We have 10 rooms that can accommodate 20 full time staff and 7 rooms that can accommodate 28 people who come on short-terms trips. The best part of the café is the toilets.
It took 18 months to build this facility. The Building was dedicated on April 25-2015 by Ms. Soshimla, 20 year old Orphan from Manipur (India), Rev. Jonathan Seet, Senior Pastor of Paya Lebar Methodist Church did the prayer of Dedication and Rev. Yang Tuck Yoong, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church delivered the message.
After travelling for 13 years to 257 nations & breaking 6 World Records, God gave Benny Prasad a new direction to end his World travels by Mar. 2015 and build a 400 seater Cafe in Bangalore (India) to reach out to the college students who are depressed, lonely & suicidal.