What Our Kids Actually Need

Back in the days when our home was packed tight with teenagers, many a conversation was had around our dinner table concerning “needs.” Things like the latest iPhone upgrade, parent-funded automotive repairs, a Spring Break trip to Florida with friends (also parent-funded), a shopping spree worthy of the Kardashians…you know, needs as defined by many

Drought & Famine in Africa & Yemen

Pray for the more than 20 million people facing starvation in Africa and Yemen. Because of these regional food shortages, costs have doubled then tripled for our partner ministries in central Kenya.

The Crossing is sending funds for food relief to our partner ministries, especially to our partner church, New City Fellowship, and to the schools we support who feed and educate orphans and vulnerable children: Pistis School in Karen, Racefield School in Mwingi, Christ the Redeemer School in Ongata Rongai, and El Shaddai School in Mukuru.

Racefield School is in an area much more susceptible to drought. Your past assistance is making a difference even now. Funding provided by Crossing2Kenya and Crossing Kids in the past has helped Racefield School to have greater food security.

These measures include:

Getting Ready for Sunday March 26 at The Crossing

This week we take a pause on our sermon series “Risking Reality” for a sermon from Kyle Richter, who helps lead The Crossing’s college ministry, Veritas. Kyle will preach a sermon entitled, “Don’t Follow the Machine” from Mark 1:16–20. The Scripture reads, 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and

We Like To Help Poor People, Right?

Homeless man with dog and sign

I’m sure that you are happy to help poor people and are willing to give generously to those in need. Personally, I’m motivated to help a certain kind of poor person more than another.

I like to help poor people who are very responsible and don’t overspend. It’s easy to help the poor person who doesn’t buy junk food and doesn’t own a flat screen television. I’m eager to help the person with financial struggles who works endless hours at a minimum wage job in order to support their family or if he doesn’t have a job fills out applications all day long. I don’t want to help poor people who have vices such as smoking or drinking. I expect that the people I help won’t have a car and walk everywhere to save bus fare, don’t make impulse purchases, and value education.

You Are Not the Boss of You

When it comes right down to it, who really is in charge of your life? Who calls the shots?

It’s become very common in modern America to answer in so many words, “I do.” We believe that no person or group should be able to tell us what we can do or say or think. And as the following video suggests, we seem to increasingly believe it’s even legitimate to define aspects of our own reality:

My aim here is not to debate who should use what bathrooms. It’s to encourage us to ask a larger question: should we trust in our own devices to direct and define our lives as we see fit?

Consider ‘Making It Personal’ on April 29th

If you are thinking about serving alongside other Christians during #ForColumbia2017 on Saturday, April 29th – and I hope you are – consider making it personal. A few weeks ago, thanks to a partnership with Meals on Wheels, I was able to visit with several aging Columbians who still live independently, in their own homes…but

Honduras Team: Spring Break 2017

Next Saturday, March 25th, 15 team members will leave for Honduras to minister alongside World Gospel Outreach (wgoreach.org). The team will return one week later, arriving in Columbia after midnight March 31st.

Dan Carmichael, a returning team member, is serving as Team Leader for the first time this year. He will be supported in leadership by several returning team members including Sarah Kohnle who served as Team Leader on several previous trips. Two team members are going to Honduras ahead of schedule to extend their time in-country.

Prayer Requests:
Although Honduras is a dangerous and corrupt place, there has never been a violent incident with any of the teams. Our hosts make sure the North American teams stick together and armed guards watch over us while we serve. Most times, the peace of God flows over the people standing in line and everyone is patient.

Please pray for:

  • continued peace
  • healthy bodies
  • safe surroundings
  • the ability to reach and minister for Christ.

Team Demographics:

  • 15 person team
    • 11 from The Crossing
    • 4 from Montgomery City
  • 8 women going and 7 men.
    • Oldest man: 65 years old
    • Oldest woman: 58 years old
    • Youngest man: 20 years old
    • Youngest woman: 19 years old
  • 3 married couples
    • One couple is in their 40s
    • One couple is in their 30s
    • One couple is in their 20s.

The 2017 team will be participating in all the same ministry activities as previous teams. Below is a description excerpted from last year’s ESI post: