Explore this post for an update on our local missions partner, Sunset Elementary, and hear from Campus Pastor Scott Bartlow!
There is a theme in scripture that Jesus models that has captivated my heart. You see this in Matthew 14:14. Jesus landed and saw a crowd, He had compassion on them, and healed the sick. You see this theme in Luke 10:33-34 with the Good Samaritan. Where He traveled, came to where the man was; as when He saw him, He had compassion on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds and then He put the man on his way on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
Did you catch the theme? See. Care. Help.
That’s the way of Jesus. He saw a need, His heart overflowed with compassion, and moved to help meet a need.
Mother Theresa said, “You don’t have to travel to India to find your Calcutta; little Calcuttas are all around you if you’ll only have eyes to see.”
Before we launched Crossings Edmond, it was my desire to make sure we served our city before we expected people to come to our church. Crossings has a value of engaging with schools that have need and we identified Sunset Elementary. Over time, we built a relationship with the administration and teachers through multiple needs they put in front of us on how we can partner with the school. It was our desire not to just drop in for a one-time event, but build a long-lasting relationship. Earlier this summer, the principle asked me if we would be willing to adopt their teachers to purchase school supplies for their rooms as most teachers take this out of their own salaries. See below how our congregation responded to this need:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I just have to say: I love our church! Last month, I simply made you aware of the opportunity to bless 50 teachers at Sunset Elementary with gift cards for school supplies for their rooms. You sprung into action, and we had the opportunity to be the Church – overflowing with generous hearts. You can only imagine the tears of joy and smiles of gratitude we experienced when we pulled up to the school.
Thank you, Crossings Edmond! Thank you for being the Church yet again. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.