Ministry Update

Patience in the Progress

By October 3, 2012 No Comments

We want to be open. We wish we could have been open six months ago. Six months ago, though, Purple Door would have looked a lot different–mostly in a negative way. We’ve learned so much about the coffee industry. We’ve learned about job training. We’ve learned about fundraising. We’ve learned about community relations. We’ve learned about a thousand other things that have shaped the vision and provided for the long term of Purple Door.

Even with all that, it’s hard to be patient. It’s hard to wait some more after waiting all this time to be open.

Things are progressing, always. New developments happen each day. But there is still waiting.

Lately I’ve found myself thinking about why it’s taking as long as it is to get this place open. I’ve been wondering why we’ve been just slowly raising the money lately (but money certainly is coming in).
I finally came to this profound conclusion: I don’t know.

I don’t know why we aren’t meeting out initial goal dates for opening. I don’t know why things are not further along in the process than what they are. I don’t know why anything has really happened or not happened with Purple Door.

I don’t know, but that’s okay. 

We don’t have to know. We just have to diligently work in the areas that we can control, and allow it to unfold. Allow God to work in people’s hearts and lives, and all the while work hard at what’s in front of you.

We’ve really adopted this line of thought lately. We will work diligently in the things that we can influence, and not worry so much about the things that we have no influence in. This ties directly into our faith as well. In a sermon I heard on Sunday the preacher said “Biblical faith does not mean knowing. Biblical faith is Believing Love and Trusting Obedience.” Yes! We hope and pray that we are able to live into that meaning of Biblical faith. He went on to say “It is this element of unknowing that makes life a story worth telling; a story worth being a part of.” We don’t know every detail of the story of Purple Door Coffee, but we do know that we serve a good God that has been faithful in the process. It’s His process, and he knows what we need. So we will continue to seek Him, and work hard at what we can control and we believe that we’ll get where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.

Thank you all so much for your support of this journey–this story. Click here to donate so that we can together provide jobs for our friends on the streets.