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Rob & Tündi Futo in Hungary

While attending Mizzou, Robert Futo came to know Christ alongside Shay Roush and Keith Simon through Campus Crusade. Now, Rob and his wife, Tündi, lead Cornerstone, a church plant in Budapest, Hungary. As pastor for Cornerstone, Rob is involved in the two year training program with City to City, the church-planting ministry of Tim Keller’s

Rob & Tündi Futo from Hungary: Meet & Greet

Sunday, June 10, In the Foyer, between services:

Stop by and meet missionaries Rob & Tündi Futo. They lead Cornerstone, a church plant in Budapest, Hungary. As pastor for Cornerstone, Rob is involved in the two year training program with City to City, the church-planting ministry of Tim Keller’s Redeemer church in New York. Tündi is completing a two year counseling degree through Westminster seminary online. Born in STL to Hungarian immigrants, Rob became a Christian through Cru at Mizzou. He met his wife, Tündi, while serving with Cru in Hungary. After Rob’s graduation from Covenant Seminary, he was ordained & they returned to Hungary where they have served for 18 years as full-time missionaries. They have two teenage girls, Haini & Csenge.

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Missions Prayer Needs:

  • Pray for Rob & Tündi Futo and their girls as they visit family, connect to their sending agency, and to their US supporters. They need travel mercies and restoration during their US stay. Pray for them to be sustained and strengthened through their time of travels.
  • Pray for The Wallace family from Kenya. They just spent a week at The Crossing volunteering with Kids Club and are also traveling much this summer. They could also use travel mercies on their journeys. Pray for their visits with supporting churches, for their needed support to be met, for their family to be refreshed and their strength restored.
  • Pray for kids and families who may have heard the gospel for the first time through attending Kids Club this week. Pray for God to draw their hearts to himself, for him to open them to the truth of the gospel, for him to grant them grace to believe, and grow them into sons and daughters who walk with him in faith.
  • Pray for the Jamaica Student-Parent Mission Team 2018. The team leaves Sunday to serve with Won by One in Harmons, Jamaica. Pray for God to work in many hearts, for relationships to be strengthened, for eyes to be opened to the gospel of Jesus, for much good to be done among the people of Harmons, for compassion and encouragement to be poured out to those who suffer.
  • Pray for Ron & Sally Widbin in Antigua Guatemala & other ministry partners including ASELSI . They are safe, so far, and actively responding to the aftermath and continued impact of the Volcano del Fuego eruptions. Pray for endurance and courage, hope and resilience as they strive to help in the midst of such terrible devastation.
  • Pray for the Summer Guatemala Team 2018 as they prepare to travel to Chichicastenango, Guatemala. They will be working with ASELSI several hours travel away from the area of the volcano. However, the eruptions have disrupted Guatemala in many ways including air travel. The evolving situation may impact their trip.

Related posts from the ESI Missions Archive:

Wallaces: Serving in Kenya

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Shawn & Heather Wallace and their kids will be visiting The Crossing this week and serving at Kids Club. If you run into them, give them a warm Crossing welcome!! This post from the ESI archive tells more about their work in Nairobi, Kenya:

Shawn and Heather Wallace serve in Nairobi, Kenya at New City Fellowship (NCF), a partner church of The Crossing–where Christine Simon and Windy Shull just spent almost 2 weeks. New City Fellowship’s mission is to share the love of Christ and seek racial reconciliation through the power of the gospel in a diverse and challenging city where people are divided not just by race but also by culture, economics and spiritual background. Shawn and Heather are in the trenches—on the front lines—taking the gospel to a hurting, dying, conflict-ridden city. A video about their work can be seen here: video overview.

Join us for a Meet & Greet with The Wallaces this Sunday between all services in Rm. 225.

Donate to The Wallaces’ work in Nairobi, Kenya.1511603_10208958499219017_1300314820328088032_oShawn co-pastors at New City Fellowship with Joe Muutuki. He also works in outreach to the Hindu Community in Nairobi by building relationships and having caring meaningful interactions over time. He mentors Christian men and church leaders with a vision for equipping them to more effectively reach those around them. Shawn has been taking on a new role teaching chronological bible storytelling to Kenyan pastors who use this technique to communicate the gospel in rural areas to semi-literate people groups. By taking on this new role, Shawn is helping free up other team members for greater leadership and administration responsibilities.

100_5332-150x150Heather co-leads the Sunday School program at New City Fellowship where many believers from various backgrounds seek to train their children in biblical education across the cultural divides listed above. She also mentors women through NCF and administers the summer interns program for their team. She does all this while sharing their one vehicle with Shawn, keeping their household running (no small task in Nairobi), and juggling the schedules of their three kids who remain at home—ages 16, 14 and 11. (Their oldest son is in college at their alma mater in New York.)

Diversity, Conflict and Reconciliation in Nairobi:
Nairobi has many different people groups who have all converged to create a truly international city. Many nations have their embassies in Nairobi and even more relief agencies use Nairobi as a jumping-off location and home for their East Africa offices. This means many thousands of expatriates from the US and other parts of the West call Nairobi home and need a congregation to meet their spiritual needs. Read more via the link below…

The Wallaces Serving in Nairobi, Kenya

Oread Center at KU: Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark is the Director of Administration at the Oread Center at KU (TOC) in Lawrence, KS where she has served for 6 years. She was involved with Vertas as a Mizzou student before joining women’s ministry staff at Oread Center, a university ministry that is partnered with Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She receives ongoing support from The Crossing. Oread Center has partnered with Veritas for a couple of winter conferences.

DONATE to: Kelly Clark or contact her at: Kelly@oreadcenter.com

TOC’s target population is the university community — both undergraduates, as well as graduate students, professors and faculty. They already offer programming aimed at undergraduates (Bible & book studies, a large group gathering, socials, a course for KU credit), and will soon be adding more resources for other populations within the university community (book discussions with campus ministry leaders, a podcast & blog aimed at graduates & faculty, forums for the larger university community, etc.)

The Oread Center (TOC) meets the needs of KU students by one-on-one conversations centered on spiritual formation and discipleship, connecting them with mentors in the local church, providing a safe place for them to be able to “ask honest questions and receive honest answers” about the big questions of life (as the Schaeffers used to say), and providing them with spaces to dialogue with practitioners and professors in their fields who share a similar vocation and walk with Christ. Programmatically, this takes the form of one-on-one meetings, small group book and bible studies, meals and discussions, as well as, retreats and conferences.

Pray for the Gospel to reach KU students, faculty & staff:

  • That God would strengthen KU students to walk with Him for a lifetime. That He would open their eyes to Him and once they do know Him, that He would continually fill them with His Holy Spirit, that the eyes of their hearts might be enlightened, knowing His hope and the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:18)
  • That He would equip these students to think well about their fields of study and future vocations and that He would provide for them mentors in their fields who can encourage them both in their discipline and in how to walk with the Lord in that discipline.
  • That He would purify their hearts, give them a passion for following after Him and not the things of this world, and that He would give them a sensitivity to their sin, and with that, and great delight in His gospel and a renewed fervor to walk by the Spirit.
  • Pray for Oread Staff Team – that God would protect them from sin, continue to give them clarity and unity in their vision for ministering at the university, and that He would strengthen them to care for their families and their students well.

Kelly’s Role in Women’s Ministry:

As women’s ministry staff, Kelly mentors college girls, leads Bible and book studies, and serves as a liaison between college women who attend Grace Evangelical Presbyterian and the larger church body. Kelly’s desire is to encourage college women to follow the Lord all the days of their lives (faithfulness not just in their 18-22 years, but in their 22-82 years.) Because of this, one of her biggest passions is encouraging multi-generational friendships among women who learn to follow Jesus together. She says, “I love getting the chance to walk with women through God’s Word, have honest conversations about the joys and struggles they are facing, and explore the character of God together.”

Honduras Team: 2018

The Honduras Team: 2018 leaves next weekend for their another trip to minister alongside World Gospel Outreach (wgoreach.org).

  • Check out THIS VIDEO from team founder Sarah Kohnle about serving in Honduras.
  • Follow the Honduras Team updates on Facebook.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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further info about Honduras and Crossing Teams that serve her people check out these posts from the ESI Archive:

Giving By The Numbers

The Crossing has been giving to ministry partners since our earliest days. Below is our history of giving in graphic form. It’s pretty amazing to see how our congregational generosity has grown:

  • Our total yearly giving topped $1 million for the first time in 2015.
  • In 2017 our giving took a huge leap when God enabled extraordinary giving by some of our donors. The Crossing can’t necessarily give away that much every year, but it is a good example of what can happen when people do make special gifts.
  • This took our grand total of giving to $7,996,516.

We give to:

  • Local Ministry Partners
  • Ministry Partners Around the US
  • International Missionaries & Ministry Partners

 

Source: The Crossing: Jim Beaty & Landon Cummins

Veritas: Japan 2018 Team

Japan is one of the most influential, educated, and wealthy nations in the world, and yet less than 0.5% of the 125 million Japanese know Jesus. During Veritas: Japan, our staff and students work in partnership with long-term missionary teams who are planting churches and college ministries in Nagoya, one of the major urban centers of Japan. Throughout the summer we help these ministries reach young people in the area through college ministry, conversational English classes, and children’s ministry. By investing one of their college summers, Veritas: Japan students gain a lifetime of growth and ministry. They are stretched in faith, in their heart for the world, and in the process help reach Japan for Christ.

Veritas: Japan 2018 will be led by Veritas staff, Justin & Haley Derks from May 30-July 31. The team will have 8 students (4 men, 4 women). The trip costs $4,750 per student. DONATE HERE

Start praying now for the 2018 Team:

  • Pray for safe travels to and from Japan.
  • Pray for God to prepare their hearts and minds for the plans that He has and to help them rely on Him for their source of strength this summer.
  • Pray that God would put team members in the path of Japanese students who will respond positively to the team’s friendship and will be drawn to Nisshin Christ Church and the love of the staff there.
  • Pray that God would use the Veritas: Japan team to bring glory to his name and to make the good news of the gospel known.

More about past Veritas: Japan Teams from the ESI Archives:

Veritas: Japan 2017 In Their Own Words:

For the past seven years, The Crossing’s college ministry, Veritas, has partnered with Mission To the World’s church planting team in Nagoya, Japan. Each summer, Veritas takes a group of college students to Nagoya to help run the college ministry at Nisshin Christ Church (NCC) for the months of June and July. Here’s a video overview from Veritas: Japan 2017 led by Kyle & Noelle Richter. Kyle is a Crossing Pastor & Veritas Co-director. Below students from the 2017 team tell about their summer and what it has meant to them.

The Veritas: Japan 2018 team of 8 students led by Justin & Haley Derks are preparing for their trip. It costs $4,750 per student. To support Veritas: Japan 2018: DONATE HERE

Veritas: Japan 2017: In Their Own Words:

Jamaica Team: Veritas Spring Break

Veritas took a large team of college students to serve with Won by One to Jamaica for Spring Break. Thanks go out to all those who made this trip possible. Below find photos from their week of service.

Mission Spotlight: Jamaica

For more posts about past Crossing Teams to Jamaica click here.

Like & Follow @CrossingMissions on Facebook & Instagram for photos and posts from our Missions Teams, as well as, our international and local partners.

2018 Veritas Spring Break Photos:

McKinneys: Cru City Neighboring

Chris & Elizabeth McKinney are now with Cru City Neighboring which allows them to also serve as associate staff at The Crossing. Chris serves with Small Groups & Elizabeth with Women’s Ministry. This guest post explains Neighboring and their work in training, coaching & mentoring people interested in pursuing relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. You’ll want to sign up for their Connections Class:

Neighboring Connections Class: Register

Sundays, starting April 8, 11 a.m.

Love Your Neighbor: What does it mean to love your literal neighbor as yourself? In this four-week class, we will discuss how neighboring fits into the bigger story of God’s redemptive purposes. We hope you leave with a new perspective, and a plan that helps you develop fun and meaningful relationships with your neighbors. (Register above)

Contact: chris.mckinney@thecrossingchurch.com

Support the McKinneys: DONATE HERE

What if as believers, we truly loved our neighbors- not only in a general sense, but in a literal one? What if we were to go from being strangers to acquaintances to actual friends/neighbors where we could rely on one another and live in community right around us? What if we could not only borrow that cup of sugar & have someone get our mail while we’re gone (that too) but more than that- what if we were to feel a part of an actual community with those living right around us? What if instead of feeling isolated in our own homes, we could have mutually beneficial relationships with people despite our differences where help & support was just a yard away? And what if God were to use those relationships to bring the gospel into homes and apartments and residences everywhere- for people who don’t yet know Him- and in deeper, meaningful ways for believers as well? We’ve been seeing these things happen in our own neighborhood and in our own lives and we want to be a part of equipping believers everywhere to love their neighbors. Literally.

Tom’s Story

Who was I one year ago today? Answering that question brings me to my knees. I was angry. I was bitter. I was unhappy. I was arrogant. I yelled a lot- at my wife, my children, even my dog. I had everything (or so It appeared) but I was empty and unsatisfied…and it was everybody else’s fault. I relied solely on myself, convincing myself I knew how best to navigate life. In reality, I felt as though I was behind the wheel of an out of control car heading for a cliff. Eleven months ago I went to church for all the wrong reasons. Little did I know I was exactly where God wanted me. I was broken. But God reached out and touched me and let me know I wasn’t alone. Soon my life became a search for more…what did it mean to be a believer? What did it mean to live as a Christian? I could have listened to hundreds of sermons on the topic but that wouldn’t be enough. I needed community. I needed someone to gently come alongside me and walk with me. God brought me neighbors. God brought Chris and Elizabeth into our lives. Through the various neighborhood events they already led, my wife and I knew them. And when we ran into Elizabeth at church, we were warmly invited into their small group and into their lives. Having another family in our neighborhood to share our journey with has been invaluable. To share with others the struggles and temptations in everyday life is invaluable. To have another family so close that pours so much into us in invaluable. Who am I now? I am a believer in Christ. I am a sinner saved by grace alone. I am a father who no longer yells at his kids. I am a husband working on removing unrealistic expectations in my marriage. I find peace in surrendering control to God. And He is working in my life through my relationships. My family is so blessed to have such an amazing spiritual resource in our neighborhood.

Church Partnerships

We want to have an influence for Christ…and we believe that one of the best ways to do that is through churches. Beginning with our local church, we are working with the Small Groups team & Women’s Ministry team to help bring a neighboring focus to 120+ small groups and beyond. Through writing, teaching and training/coaching, we desire to be a resource to anyone in our city who has a heart to reach out to their neighbors. In our experience, there are very few neighboring specific resources out there for people, so we’re excited to hopefully meet a need that’s both theological and practical.

If you think your church would be interested in bringing us in to teach our curriculum, please reach out to us by sending us an email!

We are also doing something we’re calling Neighbor Coaching. We met Austin & Melanie as students on a Summer Mission and now they are married & recently built a house in Austin, TX. They asked to Skype with us for some Biblical principles & practical advice as they begin to neighbor. Similar conversations have been happening with some other friends in Kansas City and San Clemente. After seeing us post about neighboring on social media, both of them have reached out to us for some coaching. It has been so fun coming along side them, coaching & praying for them.

Our Curriculum

In line with our vision of partnering with churches, we sense that there is a need for Biblically based, well-researched curriculum on neighboring. With the help of Dr. Tasha Chapman from Covenant Seminary, who specializes in adult education & curriculum, we are currently working on a 6-8 week small group curriculum that we could offer churches as a resource. Our hope is that God would use it to inspire and motivate people to develop relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. Below you can see some of the books that are influencing us in the process.

Our Prayer Requests:

  • Our Table Discussions- Pray for some new faces, people would grow spiritually & experience community.
  • Our Spring neighborhood events- Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day & Block Party. For God to use community (amongst both adults & kids) to bring people out of isolation and into relationship, with God & others.
  • Neighborhood Small Group- There are potentially 8 couples from our Table Discussion that want to further develop community & dig deeper into the Bible. Please pray for Todd & Kelly Scott and this group!
  • Jen Wilkin Women’s Conference- Please pray for the women in our neighborhood that attended, for God to work in their hearts.
  • 4 Week Neighboring Connections Class in April– For God to use it to inspire & motivate people at our church to have God’s heart for their neighbors.
  • Our Curriculum- For our conversations with Dr. Tasha Chapman, that God would lead us to include the right things, that it would be Christ-centered, grace-based and applicable across a broad audience.
  • Church Partnerships- Pray God would continue to open doors to partner with more churches.
  • Speaking at Trinity Community Church & Theological Educational Initiative this Spring.

Sources: The McKinneys’ newletters and Cru City Neighboring materials.