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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.

ARTS and WTC-Uganda

Through the generous giving of our members, The Crossing has provided significant support to African Reformed Theological Seminary (ARTS) and Westminster Theological College-Uganda (WTC-U) located near Kampala. ARTS offers a Masters of Arts in Theology Studies (MATS), while her sister school, WTC-U, offers diploma and Bachelors of Arts in Theological Studies (BATS). These two institutions offer high quality reformed theological education to the Kenyan pastors we partner to educate. So far, we have supported well over a dozen Kenyan pastors via scholarship.
A Thank You from Dr. Dave and ARTS:
We are so grateful for this VERY generous donation. This has been a HUGE boost to finishing the campus and getting us ready for students. This week we had about 20 students attending Systemic Theology I and next week the same number for ST II.  Then we host about 30 students for three weeks of Biblical Hebrew. The [enclosed] report details how the funds were spent. Please pass this on to the appropriate persons at The Crossing. We want to express gratitude to the Crossings elders and the donors for their investment in ARTS. Please get back with any questions.
In the Lamb,
Dave
Below are photos of the newly opened ARTS campus where extensive renovations were required to convert an aging primary school into a graduate seminary. Your donations helped make this possible.

Jamaica: A Mother-Daughter Story

Windy Shull and her Daughter Anna sent this Thank You letter to friends and family who made their missions week in Harmons, Jamaica possible. It will give you a sense of how one mother-daughter pair experienced going on mission together:

Dear Friends,

From June 11th to June 18th, we traveled on a mission trip with The Crossing Church and Won by One to Harmons, Jamaica. Thank you so much for your support, interest, and prayers for our journey! We’d like to share some of our experiences from the trip with you:

Jamaica Photos: Student-Parent Team 2017

The 2017 Student-Parent Jamaica Team served with Won By One from June 13th – 18th.

The Crossing sent 27 students, ranging from 13-18 years old, with 29 adults/leaders.

A few quotes from team members:

“After spending a lot of time with one of the residents at the infirmary who cannot speak very clearly, she totally blew my mind when she started singing a Jamaican gospel song with complete clarity.  She then proceeded to say a brief prayer, which was also completely comprehendible.   While she may have trouble communicating, God is clearly communicating through her, she was an amazing blessing to everyone who met her.” –Darla Branda

“I loved watch God work in me and my family it was not about me…it was about the Jamaicans who helped us recognize that it was all about Him.” –Brian Wallace

“The simplicity and joy in the Lord that I saw in the Jamaicans daily. I miss that.” –Nancy Anger

“Thank you, High School Ministry, for all you do to coordinate the Jamaica trip. This was the first trip for our family. It was amazing to see all the relationships you’ve developed over the years in Harmons. We never felt like strangers and loved helping advance the mission and vision you have helped developed.” –Jim Beaty