WE ARE CELEBRATING one year since the launch of Miracle Café Bangor and 14 years since our first ever ‘miracle’ café! It really is incredible to be part of this exciting movement and we invite you to join us.

Our Vision

Miracle Cafés® is a powerful move of the Holy Spirit releasing a taste of heaven across the nations, impacting lives and transforming communities.

Through a growing network of Miracle Cafés® established by local entrepreneurs demonstrating the love and power of God in their communities, partnering with the Miracle Café® vision and values.

With a friendly, Holy Spirit-led team, fully trained and offering a free Miracle Menu™ to all customers, along with a fantastic customer experience, quality food and drink, and a weekly Spirit Lifestyle® Class.

Back Story

Aliss Cresswell and Ruth Cole established Miracle Cafes® CIC (community interest company) in 2021. Both have seen God move powerfully in their own communities for many years.

After giving up her dream home and career to help others discover their life’s purpose, Aliss (& her husband Rob) opened the first ‘miracle’ café in Blacon, Chester UK in 2009. Aliss subsequently opened ‘Spirit’ shop in the centre of Chester and then Little Mollington Hall boutique B&B, gift shop and bistro.

Thousands have reported receiving healing, freedom, direction and new life after visiting these businesses and through Aliss & Rob’s Spirit Lifestyle® training. (To read some of these testimonials, visit SpiritLifestyle.org and Aliss’ book ‘Unexpected Miracles’).

Ruth (& her husband Terry) are passionate about ‘wholeness’ and ‘freedom’ for spirit, soul and body. With a background in hospitality, social enterprise and community, Ruth successfully established and managed a network of drop-in centres along the North Wales coast. Over the past two decades these drop-ins have supported and catered meals for hundreds of clients on a weekly basis and Terry & Ruth ran weekly groups mentoring the many new believers they saw coming to faith.

After hearing clearly from the Lord in 2015 to ‘lay down’ the dream of opening ‘miracle’ cafés worldwide, Aliss focused on training and equipping others, working alongside her husband, and also authored 6 books. Likewise, Ruth handed on the legacy she had established, and spent a season gardening and supporting her husband in his business.

Then during a delay at Amsterdam airport with Ruth in 2021, Aliss’ original vision of a movement of ‘miracle’ cafés worldwide was re-ignited, and after much prayer, discussion and hard work, in February 2022 Aliss and Ruth opened their first Miracle Café® together in Bangor, North Wales. From the moment it opened, Miracle Café® Bangor has provided customers with ‘a taste of heaven’, lives have been transformed and the community impacted with the love and power of God.

Living Water For The Thirsty

In Jesus’ day, people would gather at the local well. They came because they were thirsty and needed water to live, as well as a social gathering place. And just like the woman at the well who encountered Jesus one day, the Miracle Café® provides nourishment for the body, but also ‘a taste of heaven’; streams of living water for spirit, soul and body.

Jesus shared a word of knowledge for the woman at the well and she received a brief but life-changing encounter with Him. It was what she longed for. She then shared the good news with her whole town and invited them to: ‘Come see’. So it is at a Miracle Café®. Customers often arrive simply expecting good food and drink, but are also offered a supernatural taste of heaven, receiving a life-changing encounter with the God of love.

Opening Day 1 February 2022

On the first day Miracle Café® Bangor opened, despite not yet having recruited a chef and deciding to do a ‘soft launch’ and open gently, the café was busy all day. As the doors opened, a customer arrived, and after ordering a coffee and some food, also asked for ‘personal prophecy’ from the menu. He was so encouraged by what was spoken to him, that he prayed a prayer to receive Jesus.

The next customer said she was a witch and after enjoying some food, she asked for and received some healing in her body. She then posted about her visit on her social media business and told people to check out the new Miracle Café®. As a result, many came in and received a taste of heaven for themselves.

Then two customers from Switzerland asked for a dream interpretation and freedom from evil spirits. They were both visibly moved as Todd interpreted the dream in German for one, and the other got free and prayed to receive Jesus into his life.

Students arrived and while enjoying the good food and modern vibe, asked for freedom and prophetic words, and received a touch from God; some asking to receive Jesus too.

Ruth was cooking, Terry washing up, Todd on drinks and Aliss front of house waiting tables and offering ministry with help from Todd. Also on the first day, a head chef from a fine dining restaurant arrived for coffee with a friend. He was so taken with the ambience and the hospitality, after receiving physical healing, he told his friend: ‘I want to work with these people!’ A few days later, he quit his job and is now Chef at Miracle Café® Bangor!

Why Miracle Cafes?

Imagine a Miracle Café® in your community. What would that look like?

People who have never known God or perhaps have walked away from Him. Lonely, hurting, broken, anxious, spiritually lost, in pain, no hope, no direction, empty, often desperate, facing challenges without an answer and nowhere to turn.

What if they could easily go into a welcoming place without judgment, an ‘everyday’ place that is open to all, no matter their religion, beliefs, race, social status or identity? To just sit with a coffee or a tasty meal, to meet a friend or family member in a wonderful atmosphere of peace and joy. And to be given the opportunity, if they so choose, to receive a taste of heaven – a life-changing encounter with the living God. FREE for every customer.

With no expectation of having to attend at a certain time, or sign up for activities, or being asked to give money, but being able to return whenever they wish, alone or with friends, to order from the menu and discover more or to simply enjoy. Plus an open invitation to every customer to learn more at the on-site Spirit Lifestyle® Class – weekly coaching for spirit, soul and body.

One by one, transforming lives in the ‘normal’ supernatural model displayed by Jesus and the early church. In everyday situations, simply but powerfully demonstrating God’s love, reaching out and gathering into God’s family and making disciples of Jesus, just like He asked us to. Communities changed from the inside out.

Community Transformation

What would this look like in every city and every community around the world? Jesus said to pray for God’s will to be done and His kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. We are seeing this happen through ordinary people, full of the Holy Spirit and with humble hearts serving others, demonstrating God’s love and power and releasing the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Before the first ‘miracle’ café opened in 2009, the neighbourhood of Blacon with 18,000 people had a very high crime rate, high unemployment and low house prices. Since the café opened, the crime rate came down, unemployment came down and house prices increased dramatically. Other ministries and churches have also now appeared in Blacon after decades of spiritual isolation. All of this can be linked to the impact of that first Miracle Café®.

The first person into the café was Kieran – the teenager dropped out of school that the police had warned Aliss about. Not only did he receive a word of knowledge that shook him so much he asked for prayer, but his broken ankle was healed instantly and he received Jesus. The police asked if they could send more troublemakers to the café, because they’d seen such dramatic results with many of the youth! Thirteen years later, Aliss met Kieran again and he shared at length how his life has been transformed as a result of the Café and meeting Jesus there. Not only was he set free from ADHD and dyslexia, but he’d gone to college, passed his exams, learned skills and started a successful business employing many staff. He attributes all of this to the ‘miracle’ café in Blacon, and has followed Jesus ever since. This is just one of the hundreds of lives impacted by that first Miracle Café® – in the words of Jesus: “Fruit that lasts.”

Miracle Cafés® Across the Nations

We are already working with our Spirit Lifestyle® Coaches in many nations to bring discipleship training and activation through our weekly Classes to new and mature believers. Some of our Coaches are also wanting to open Miracle Cafés in their neighbourhoods and we are currently in discussions with those in the Middle East, Switzerland, UK, USA, India, Central America and other nations.

At the time of writing, Ruth & Terry are in India on a missions trip, spending time seeking the Lord for connections and opportunities to work with disadvantaged people in order to help train them in hospitality, ministry and business and plant Miracle Cafés® in that nation.

Financial Partners

In order to establish Miracle Cafés® and train teams around the world, and within developing and poorer nations in particular, we need your help.

In addition to one off donations, we are looking for committed financial partners who will sow financially into our UK and US charitable organisations on a regular basis. Also, potential café premises, equipment and accommodation for our team and interns – help from property owners and investors will also be gratefully welcomed.

We rely on your support and thank you for your faithful giving.

We’d love you to partner with us; please consider setting up a regular donation.