When Pastor Shawn Sikkema and his wife Diane were considering and praying about where God was calling to them next, they sensed a pull to the urban core and to those struggling with poverty. They have begun a new ministry called Jesus on Colfax and are focusing on those living in the North Aurora, East Colfax area. There are about 25 motels on Colfax east of Yosemite and most of the residents struggle with challenges of addiction, mental illness, financial crisis, past incarceration or immense family brokenness.
Shawn and Diane moved into the Ranger Motel where they are pastoring and simply loving their new neighbors. If you would like to read more about this ministry you can go to their website www.jesusoncolfax.org. Click on the “Journal” section to read stories of the people living there and how God is working through this ministry.
VIA is considering how we could potentially partner with Jesus on Colfax, possibly through sponsoring community development in those neighborhoods. We are excited to see how God is continuing to work for his kingdom purposes in this North Aurora neighborhood.
— Donn Hansum, Director