For the past month, all SERVE 6.8 programs and team members have been together under one roof, for the first time ever in 5 years of operations. Reflecting on our journey to this wonderful God given space and the opportunity to use it to its full potential during our first ever Summer Family Festival last week, we’re amazed at how His hand has brought us to this place.
Five and a half years ago, two of our founders attended a Conference at A Healing Place Church and came back inspired by the concept of Servolution. Shortly thereafter, an outreach team launched out of Timberline Church to serve the vulnerable in our community. Since this launch, we’ve become a standalone non-profit engaged in disaster response during the High Park Fire and September 2013 floods, operating the Murphy Center to care for homeless community members, opening our Resource Center to strengthen the Benevolence programs of the local Church and serve those struggling financially, while still serving through small projects in our Community Impact program.
Through each program and stage of SERVE 6.8, God has grown us and shaped us for where He is bringing us next. Sometimes we’ve tried to control and hold tight to where He’s going to send us, but the best gifts we’ve received are those we didn’t seek for ourselves. One of these was finding ourselves in lockstep with Christ Center Community Church, a cornerstone of our community and one of the oldest outreach ministries in Fort Collins. Knowing it was time to move their ministry beyond a food and clothing closet, the idea began to emerge of outsourcing management of their Outreach Center to SERVE 6.8. Here we are, almost a year later, fully moved in and amazed to see how 19 churches have stepped forward to partner with us, actively caring for the vulnerable and poor in our community in the name of Jesus Christ.
Almost 6 years since the idea of SERVE 6.8 was birthed in a Healing Place Church, we’re back in a church that was originally named none other than A Healing Place. This full circle reminds us of God’s sovereignty and provision, always moving us where we needed to be to build His kingdom, even during times and in ways we didn’t understand. Now we work, watch and wait to see what great things will come next, as they undoubtedly will as the church of Jesus Christ moves and take its place in caring for the vulnerable.