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Muutukis Visiting Soon from Nairobi

Our missionary partners, Joe and Elfi Muutuki, will be visiting The Crossing in October. We are still working to nail down the exact timing of their visit and wanted you to watch for the upcoming announcement. Here is the profile Keith Simon wrote about their gospel work when they last visited The Crossing in 2011. Since then, Joe has completed his PhD from University of Stellenbosch’s graduate theology remote-learning program. UofS-T is located near Cape Town in South Africa.

Learning the Gospel From Joe and Elfi

Joe and Elfi Muutuki visited Columbia early this week. Joe is a native Kenyan who pastors New City Fellowship in Nairobi. He speaks several languages, has a two masters (one from Germany and one from Covenant in St. Louis), and is writing his dissertation to finish his PhD. The Crossing and KCLP have partnered with Joe and others to work in Kenya helping orphans, educating children, planting churches, and training local pastors. There is much happening as a result of our partnerships but instead of focusing on that, I’d like to share some ways that they showed me the gospel.

1. New City Fellowship is unique among Kenyan churches in that it focuses much of it’s attention on the 200,000 Asians (mostly Indians) who live in Nairobi. This Asian subculture is mostly isolated from African culture and there are lots of suspicions that each group shares about the other. Because New City is committed to share the love of Christ with cultural “outsiders”, the grace of the gospel is magnified. Africans befriending and worshiping with Asians in the name of Christ is a demonstration of the power of the gospel to triumph over cultural divisions. It shouts, “Christ is supreme not racial and cultural heritage!”

In heaven when we worship Christ with believers from every “tongue, tribe, and nation”, we will see the glory of Christ shine. Every Sunday at New City, one can get a peek into what heaven’s worship will be like.

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Update: Kenya: Racefield Computer Room

Donors from The Crossing helped provide matching funding for Racefield School to complete their computer lab in order to comply with national educational certification mandates. Thank God with us for his provision! Below is the letter we recently received thanking the church and sharing photos:

Welcoming Internationals

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As the new school year kicks off, it’s a great time to consider ways of making internationals feel welcome in our town, our schools, our workplaces, our church, our homes & our lives. Sadly, a huge percentage of internationals in our area never get invited into anyone’s home during their stay. Some internationals are here with their family members but many including international adoptees and university students are processing entry into our culture, language and community in complete isolation.

Why We Should Welcome: These scriptures speak of the gospel of Christ being for all nations:

Matt. 25: 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,* you did it to me.’

1Cor. 9:22 I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.  23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Rev. 21:1   Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place* of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,* and God himself will be with them as their God.* 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

Rev. 21:22   And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.  23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,  25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.  26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.

Rev. 22:17   The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

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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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. 

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:

Equipping the Saints

The Crossing partners with many organizations in Columbia devoted to helping others all year long.  This summer, we are highlighting a few of these ministry partners so you can help kids and adults in our city by partnering with one of them. Get involved by giving a high-impact gift that equips them to continue making a difference in specific lives, in specific ways. Tables with gift details are available in the foyer July 16 and 23. Gifts should be returned on July 30. For contact information, follow this link.

Organizations you can partner with include St. Raymond’s Society, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, BOLD, and In2Action.