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The Importance of Collaboration

By August 31, 2012 No Comments

Purple Door Coffee has been in the works for a very long time. If you haven’t read our history, you can do so here. We believe that collaboration is at the core of who we are. While I (Mark) like to think I know everything, daily I’m reminded that I do not. I also like to think that I can get things done on my own, but almost hourly I am reminded of my limitations. I am thankful for the things that I do well, and I am thankful for the things that Madison does well (especially when those things line up with the things that I do not do well–which is often). We together are incredibly thankful for the people that step into the community of Purple Door Coffee and do things that neither of us are any good at.

I think of 1 Corinthians 12 and how God has created us in such a way that we each are distinctly important to the body of Christ. Everyone has his place in the Kingdom. We are blessed to live into this vision for Purple Door as a component of the Kingdom of God. We are so thankful to be able to work with Purple Door and for those that have and are continuing to partner with Purple Door. I Corinthians 12:18 says that God has arranged the parts of the Body just as He intended them to be. We are thankful for this, because God’s people continue to be an integral part of this effort. Thank you all for your tenderness to the prompting of God as you have joined us in this journey towards provided employment and job training to our friends who are working to exit street life.

Purple Door has been blessed on collaboration with people, but also with other organizations in both Belay Enterprises and Dry Bones Denver. We could not have crafted these partnerships on our own, but the collaboration is a beautiful thing and a snapshot of the Kingdom that God talks about. We have our faults and our bumps in the road, but the unity we work towards is something that is close to the heart of God. Together we are working to make known God’s goodness and God’s love for this world. In the process we get to experience those things as well.

We’re also blessed by partnerships with cafés and coffee shops that exist to respond to specific needs here in Denver and in other cities as well. We are appreciative of their willingness to give guidance and suggestions, specifically in areas that are difficult to navigate. We would not be where we are without collaboration with other organizations.

We are energized by our continued collaboration with you as individuals, as well as with organizations. Thank you for how you have already used your gifts, skills, abilities and resources to collaborate with Purple Door Coffee. Purple Door Coffee would not be who we are without your help and support. We are thankful for everyone’s commitment to the vision of Purple Door Coffee, but, more importantly, for the commitment you have to the Kingdom of God.

Thank you!