July 27th, 2017
As Open Door celebrates its 20th Anniversary, we are constantly looking back and remembering stories of God's redemptive work. Whether you're just now getting involved at ODM or you've partnered with us since the beginning, we want to invite you to share the journey with us. In the coming weeks we are going to highlight meaningful stories from the past 20 years. Please join us as we remember and thank the Lord for the many ways he has moved and as we eagerly anticipate his future work at ODM!
There is no better way to begin than by sharing the "Miracle on Marion Street." Back in the 1970's, Sid King was the infamous owner of the Crazy Horse Bar on the corner of Colfax and Marion, known for its adult entertainment and risqué performances. King also owned five houses on Marion Street, which he used to run his prostitution ring. In 1983, King went bankrupt, closed his strip club, and all five homes on Marion Street were repossessed by the bank. The homes were boarded up and unkept for years.
In the early 90's, a group of churches came together with a vision to impact the city of Denver, calling themselves "Mile High Ministries." Their first project was coming alongside Open Door Fellowship and purchasing the five Marion Street homes for a total of $100,000! All the churches took offerings in their services on the same Sunday and raised a total of $20K. The remaining $80K was taken out as a mortgage from the bank to purchase the properties.
These very houses that were home to prostitution, drug use, and violence would be used for shelter, rehabilitation, and discipleship instead. Isn't it amazing that we serve a God who restores people and places for his glory?
There's far more to the story of how Esther House, Chayah House, Treasure House and many other ministries got started. We're looking forward to sharing the journey with you!