Opening Doors

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The Little Clinic That Could

If you haven’t heard the story of the little clinic that could, you’ve really missed one of the greatest stories of God’s amazing planning. It begins in 2005 when Crossings Board of Elders first started praying for a bold faith and clear vision for serving our community. They believed Crossings was called to help those unable to obtain basic health services. This resulted in a vote to rent a 1,500 square foot vacant pharmacy near N.W. 36th and May and open the first Crossings Community Clinic—where volunteers stepped forward to minister aid to those in need.

“I was on the Board of Elders in May 2005 when the clinic opened,” says Steve Turner, “but the even bigger leap of faith is when we voted in 2007 to move from 1,500 square feet to leasing the 30,000 square foot facility we now occupy on N. Hefner Rd.” He remembers the day of that vote vividly when Board member, Tom Webb, said to them, “We either have the faith, or we don’t.” They did, unanimously. Once again, the people of Crossings responded as they volunteered to give medical, dental, vision, counseling and spiritual help to thousands.

Now the story of God’s planning gets even more interesting as Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs recalls, “As the Center and Clinic grew, we needed a full-time Director. Steve Turner had enjoyed a very successful career in the medical sales business, but as the vision began to unfold, it occurred to us that Steve might be helpful in finding a leader for this venture. Then one day, we looked at him and said, ‘You wouldn’t by chance consider this, would you?’ He agreed to pray about it and talk it over with his wife Pam. And the rest is history. Steve has been God’s chosen leader for our Center and Clinic.”

Accepting the Challenge

Steve accepted the position in 2008 and under his leadership, the Center and Clinic continued to grow as faithful volunteers (from not only Crossings, but other churches, medical facilities and organizations) and staff gave of their time and talent. But it was in the summer of 2011, when an unexpected call from the Butterfield Foundation would change its future again. Over 60 years ago, Pastor Ralph Butterfield was the administrator of the original Deaconess Hospital, and these were people with a heart for the Lord. Decades later, the carefully managed proceeds from the sale of Deaconess Hospital established the Butterfield Foundation to further the efforts of Christian charitable care for the poor. “Beth Brown, Vice President of Programs at Butterfield, said, ‘We are looking at non- profit clinics in Oklahoma that are helping those in need receive healthcare. Crossings Clinic is one of several that came to the top.’ She said, ‘Submit a grant for possible funding,’ and we did,” remembers Steve.

Through a year of intentional prayer and planning, the necessary paperwork was submitted. In May 2012, word came: Butterfield Foundation agreed to fund our full request of $6.1 million. The funds were earmarked for direct patient care, added staffing and equipment upgrades.

A portion of the money also applied to the building of our own Clinic and Community Center. Through a church capital campaign, thousands of congregants gave over and above their tithe to contribute the additional funds needed to complete God’s plan. Land was purchased and construction began in December 2014, and if you drive by 10255 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in the Village, you’ll see a beautiful 37,000 square foot building (18,000 square feet for the Clinic and 19,000 square feet for the Center, which includes a basketball court and separate auditorium seating for 500)—set to open its doors to the community in January 2015.

Trusting in God

Looking back over the past year, Steve recalls, “I know how hard construction can be, but we encountered very few problems. Contractors and suppliers were generous with their services—some even giving us labor and equipment at no cost—because they believe in what God is doing. We’re very grateful to all of them and for the tremendous financial support from Crossings members. Throughout the process, we met with doctors, nurses, dentists, dental assistants, optometrists, counselors, and other professionals and asked them to dream big, ‘If you were building a new facility, how would it function? … What equipment would you need, and most of all, how can we best be the hands and feet of Christ to those we serve?’ Their input was instrumental in building and equipping our new facility. Further, God provided the funding and people so almost all these ideas came to fruition.”

The final piece of God’s timing is that the three-year lease on the current facility ends on February 28, 2015—just enough time to get everything moved and the building cleaned for the next tenant. Marty Grubbs is excited to see what God has planned for the future saying, “The new home for Crossings Community Center and Clinic will open the door to reaching more people, providing new opportunities to volunteer, and offering a chance to get more engaged with the neighborhood, as well as those who come through our doors for assistance.”

You are invited to tour the new facility on Sunday, February 22, and while you’re there, take a minute to marvel over what God can do when people—beginning over 50 years ago—with a passion to serve God and others come together—and say a prayer for those whose lives will be changed inside this little clinic that truly could.

To learn more about the Clinic and Center, click here.

“Opening Doors” originally published by Rebecca Ellison, Director of Communications, in the Winter 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.

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