A Prayer for Charlottesville (And Us)

Jesus, When we look at the images of hatred, division, evil, violence, and chaos that took place this weekend in Virginia, our hearts are grieved. In moments like this, it’s difficult to know what to say and do. As those who follow you, help our first response to be prayer that turns into action fueled

Abandoned Pets, Lost Lego and the Prospect of Nuclear Annihilation

This past week, our young son showed me once again how very far I have to go in terms of having a vibrant prayer life. He did so, unwittingly, by simply running to prayer himself. In the course of our weeklong family vacation on the coast of Maine, he had two very specific prayers answered…so

Kenya Violence, Post-Election: Prayer Needed

Please pray for Kenya and her people. Once again, post-election violence has claimed dozens of lives and threatens to escalate. The Crossing supports missionary families and many partner projects in Kenya. We have heard from the Wallaces & Apels. They are safe but will be unable to venture out until the crisis resolves.

However, most of the people of Kenya live in greater peril during times of violence. This includes members of our sister church, New City Fellowship: Nairobi, and our partner projects around Nairobi and rural areas of Kenya.

Inter-tribal violence is a prevalent type post-election violence with its roots in the colonial era and longstanding tribal conflicts. But, there can also be a rise in general thuggery, muggings and looting during times of unrest so nearly anyone can fall victim.

Pray specifically for:

  • God to keep our missionaries, their families and our ministry partners safe during this time of crisis.
  • God to pour out his grace and cause peace to prevail in Kenya.
  • God to turn the hearts of the leaders who may be inciting violence so they relent and work for peace.
  • God to make his people bold and courageous to stand up for peace even when they are suffering great fear and danger.
  • God to grant his people the peace of Christ that passes understanding and bring comfort to them in this time of distress.
  • God to use this time of fear and danger to draw hearts to himself that people may come to saving knowledge of Jesus, our Prince of Peace.

    Most Kenyans do not want violence and have pledged to seek peace.

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Some Thoughts for Politely Declining One-Third of a Barbecued Gopher

Since June of last year, I have been progressivly convicted by the sinful patterns of eating that are more-or-less “the air we breathe” in modern American culture. The ride has been rather bumpy. While we should all be deeply grateful that our country no longer suffers from the sort of widespread starvation that characterized the

INMED: International Medicine Courses

International Medicine & Public Health Courses: Healthcare for refugees, victims of disaster and the ultra-poor requires special skill. INMED courses supply the essential techniques.

Members of The Crossing involved in international medicine and some of the long-term medical missionaries we support have benefited from INMEDs excellent curriculum. There are several upcoming INMED conferences nearby. If you are a healthcare professional interested in international medicine, consider making time in your schedule to attend one of these highly practical courses. They offer CME/CNE credits too. Use coupon code INMED15 for 15% discount. 

Quick Reads and Practical Helps: ‘Experiencing Divorce’ by H. Norman Wright

In a perfect world, everyone going through the painful, trauma-filled experience of divorce would set aside time to attend a local DivorceCare support group. But, of course, the world we live in is far from perfect, and many people who could benefit from the excellent information offered as part of those weekly meetings may not

Love INC: Local Partner Spotlight

Each October, The Crossing hosts:
Love INC’s Linking for Love,
a city-wide benevolence ministries event.

Love INC is one of The Crossing’s longstanding local partnerships. As a founding partner, The Crossing provides Love INC with generous monthly financial support and also supplies Love INC with volunteers. Dave Cover and Greg Deline from The Crossing serve on the Love INC board.

The LoveSeat is Love INC’s furniture bank and resale shop where donated furniture and household goods are made available to those in need and offered as incentives to those enrolled in Love INC’s life-skills programs.

Today Love INC was able to provide a single mom with a comfortable bed to sleep in. She had been transitioning from homelessness to her own home, but still needed a bed for herself. After sleeping on the floor for over a month, she was ecstatic to learn she wouldn’t have to anymore!
       –Pat McMurry

Mission:
Love INC assists people who struggle with basic essentials: rent, utilities, transportation and jobs. Love INC serves those seeking assistance without regard for race, gender, faith, etc. Legitimate need is the qualifier.

Love INC provides: