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Community Nights Highlights

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We had a blast at Community Nights 2017 with over 800 people in attendance! Community Nights, our back-to-school event, was able to provide 110 haircuts, dozens of physicals and immunizations, and 1,000 hot dogs thanks to 100 dedicated volunteers from the Crossings Community Center and Crossings Community Clinic.

Special thanks to Integris Community Wellness who provided our food, the OKC Thunder who shared their Community Van with us, the OKC Metro Library System who gave away hundreds of free books, and The Village Fire Department who showed up to have fun with the kids. Hundreds of desserts were baked and generously shared by Crossings Community Church members.

The purpose of Community Nights is to provide service to our community as we continue to build the trust of the part of a city that we are working on a purposeful, long-term, restorative relationship with. Take a look at the highlight video and photo gallery below!

Serve Our City 2017- Edmond

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Crossings Edmond had a blast at our first Serve the City event this July! We had 93 volunteers between our three service projects benefiting Sunset Elementary, our local missions partner, Peppers Ranch, and Alpha Relief. At Sunset Elementary, Edmond volunteers completed beautification projects including repainting soccer goals, edging, landscaping, planting flowers, organizing teacher work rooms, cleaning, and preparing classrooms for incoming teachers and classes. At Peppers Ranch, Edmond volunteers had the opportunity to serve the foster care community by organizing their offices and play spaces. Our Alpha Relief team helped equip congregation members to learn how the organization assists Christians in countries where religious persecution is prevalent since Alpha Relief’s purpose is to channel resources for effective ministry and facilitates collaborative efforts that serve persecuted Christians.

Many of our volunteers for Serve the City enjoyed serving alongside their families and loved the opportunity to share this experience. One volunteer was particularly moved by the work at Sunset Elementary because he had attended Sunset as a student and was starting his own landscaping company, which proved to be a wonderful partnership with us for the landscaping and beautification of the school’s grounds.

Serve Our City’s purpose is to increase the compassion muscle of Crossings Edmond and to be the hands and feet of Jesus right where we live. Our hope is to increase awareness of missions opportunities in our very own backyards that we can mobilize Crossings Edmond’s members to engage with.

Take a look at the photos from Serve Our City 2017 below!

Want to get involved with upcoming events at Crossings Edmond? Click here to see what’s next on the calendar!

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras – Photo Gallery

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We had a great time in Roatan, Honduras partnering with our missionary, Deborah Hunnicutt! Take a look at some photos from the trip below!

Roatan Trip 2017

Roatan, Honduras Trip Highlights

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Our global outreach trip to Roatan, Honduras this February was a blast! Crossings women partnered with missionary Deborah Hunnicutt to serve the community and exchange cultural practices with local women. Take a look at some highlights from this trip in the video and photo gallery below!

Want to learn more about missions and global outreach at Crossings? Visit our Missions page!

Rahaf for Web

Peace Amongst the Rubble

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Rahaf for Web“My name is Rahaf and I am 14 years old. I came from Syria and I came because of the war. Planes started bombing over our homes and we had one bomb that fell on our house. So we lost our home, it was totally on the ground. We heard that some people were going to Lebanon so we decided to move to Lebanon.

We stayed in a cave for 5 days-there were 3 families in total. We weren’t able to leave the cave, because of planes were always bombing. I was so scared from the war and I had this heavy phobia. It was so difficult and my heart was so hard I wouldn’t feel anything. I was just numb. I used to feel very lonely. We finally settled in a tent city with many others who left our country. My heart was so sad.

At H4L, I learned how to pray, and then we learned how to worship. We used to sing also and I got attached to the worship songs and then I met Jesus through the songs and the prayers. When I met Jesus, my life and my heart changed. I was happy, and experienced peace to its best. I like to learn about Jesus more and more. I love English and I would like to be a journalist. I want to write stories about people and about Jesus. The thing I would like to convey is that I have fled the war, and this is all because of Jesus Christ. He has helped me find peace through all of this.”

In the tent settlement, Rahaf was introduced to Heart for Lebanon (H4L) and enrolled in their Non-Formal Education Program, which gives children the opportunity to learn basic Arabic, English, and math as well as character development lessons based on biblical principles. Most of these children, regardless of age, have been out of school for several years and would not be able to afford school or even have access to an education.

As part of H4L’s holistic care ministry, they also support the mothers of these children by offering English studies, encouragement and spiritual care through Bible studies, special gatherings, and personal visits.

H4L focuses intentionally on children who are referred to as the “Lost Generation,” consisting of over 1.2 million Syrian refugees- 52 percent are under the age of 18. These children have seen and experienced horrible things in their young lives and most of them have been out of school for over four years. Without an education, they will not develop the intellectual or vocational capacity and character necessary to find and keep a stable job in the future. These are the lost ones who often become prime targets for radical groups to exploit.

Learn more about how you can be involved in helping children and their families find peace amongst the rubble at heartforlebanon.org

Don’t miss Camille Melki, founder and CEO of Heart For Lebanon, speaking at Crossings on November 20th – details are available right here!

“Peace Among the Rubble” written by Pam Millington, Pastor Missions/Outreach Ministries

Christmas Outreach

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We’re so excited to “Serve our City” through the Christmas season with our Inner-City School Christmas Outreach Program!

One of the most effective ways to reach people with the message of Jesus Christ today is through real and relevant acts of kindness. We have opportunities to share God’s grace in the midst of real need. We have the ability to transform lives as people both see and hear God’s grace at work in their world.

Show God’s love by participating in our Annual Inner-City School Christmas Outreach Program benefiting 1400 children and youth who attend one of our Inner-City school partners and learn more about Local Missions at Crossings by visiting crossings.church/missions/.

Which Schools Do We Partner With?

We currently have four partners in our Christmas Outreach programs:

  • Eugene Field Elementary
  • Stan Hupfeld Academy
  • SeeWorth Academy
  • The Club at Crossings (After-school outreach to John Marshall Mid/High)
  • Whiz Kids students from Capitol Hill Elementary
  • Sunset Elementary

Available Opportunities

Sunset Elementary Outreach - Crossings Edmond

Show God’s love by participating in our Annual Inner-City School Christmas Outreach Program benefiting children and youth who attend our school partner Sunset Elementary.

Thank you for claiming all the backpacks for Sunset Elementary. Please note all backpacks, etc. must be returned to Crossings Edmond no later than Monday, November 20, by 5:00 p.m. The date of delivering gifts to Sunset Elementary is Thursday, November 30th from 11:30 – 12:25 p.m. and then 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. If you can volunteer to help at one of these gift parties, please email Karena at kvillanueva@crossings.church.

Christmas Backpack Distribution Day

Sunday, October 22, 2017 or Sunday, October 29, 2017

  • Available Shifts: 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – these opportunities are full!
  • Age: Adults only
  • Location: Crossings Community Church (14600 North Portland Avenue, OKC, OK 73134)
  • Job: The Crossings Christmas Outreach engages the church to support our inner-city school partners by filling a backpack full of gifts for an elementary school student or making a financial contribution to purchase a hoodie for middle school and high school students. Help us distribute the backpacks to the congregation!
  • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church

Christmas Backpack Sorting

Sunday, November 5-19, 2017

  • Shifts:
    -Sunday, November 5 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – 6 volunteers – this opportunity is full!
    -Sunday, November 12 – 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – 10 volunteers – this opportunity is full!
    -Tuesday, November 14 – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – 10 volunteers – this opportunity is full!
    -Thursday, November 16 – 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – 10 volunteers – this opportunity is full!
    -Sunday, November 19 – 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – 6 volunteers – this opportunity is full!
  • Age: Adults only
  • Locations: Crossings Community Center (10255 North Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73120)
  • Job: Participate in the Crossings Christmas Outreach by sorting backpacks, completing quality checks, and organizing the backpacks by classroom.
  • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church

Christmas Backpack Collection Day

Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • Shifts: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. or 9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – these opportunities are full!
  • Age: 15 and up
  • Locations: Crossings Community Church (14600 North Portland Avenue, OKC, OK 73134) or Crossings Community Center (10255 North Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73120)
  • Job at Crossings Community Church: Participate in the Crossings Christmas Outreach by collecting the returned backpacks and loading them onto trucks for transport to the Crossings Community Center.
  • Job at Crossings Community Center: Volunteers at the Crossings Community Center will unload the trucks and sort the backpacks (on November 12 only)
  • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church

Christmas Backpack Delivery Day

Friday, December 1, 2017

  • Shifts: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Age: 15 and up with supervising adult
  • Locations: Crossings Community Center (10255 North Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73120), Eugene Field Elementary (1515 N. Klein Avenue, OKC, OK 73106), and Stanley Hupfeld Academy (1508 NW 106th Street, 73120)
  • Job: Participate in the Crossings Christmas Outreach by helping load boxes onto trucks and unload at the schools to prepare for distribution of the backpacks to the students during their Christmas parties the following week. This position requires heavy lifting — men preferred
  • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church
  • Eugene Field Elementary Christmas Party

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    • Shifts: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Age: 6+ with Supervising Adult
    • Location: Eugene Field Elementary – 1515 N Klein Avenue, OKC, OK 73106
    • Job: Volunteer at the Eugene Field Elementary Christmas party! You will be in a classroom handing out backpacks and helping students with their crafts. We will also share the story of Christ’s birth with the students.
    • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church

    SeeWorth Academy Christmas Party (South Campus)

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    • Shifts: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Age: 10+ with supervising parent
    • Location: SeeWorth Academy South Campus- 3806 N Prospect Avenue, OKC, OK 73111
    • Job: Volunteer at the SeeWorth Academy Christmas Party! You may help with cookie decorating, ornament making, games and more! We will also share the story of Christ’s birth with the students.
    • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church

    SeeWorth Academy Christmas Party (North Campus)

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    • Shifts: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Age: 14+ with supervising parent
    • Location: SeeWorth Academy North Campus- 12600 N Kelley Ave, OKC, OK 73131
    • Job: Volunteer at the SeeWorth Academy Christmas Party! You may help with cookie decorating, ornament making, games and more! We will also share the story of Christ’s birth with the students.
    • Contact: Natalie Haymaker – nhaymaker@crossings.church

    How Can I Get Involved?

     

    • All backpacks have been claimed! Thank you! Please return them on Sunday, November 5 or 12 to the atrium. You may also return the backpack to the main office on weekdays. (Shopping suggestions are included.)
    • Make a financial donation by contacting Natalie Haymaker at nhaymaker@crossings.church to purchase a custom designed hoodie and gift card for students attending SeeWorth Academy
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    • Join us at one of the School Parties on December 4, 13, or 14 – contact Natalie Haymaker at nhaymaker@crossings.church if you’d like to get involved!
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    • Volunteer! We couldn’t do this without your help!

     

    Questions?

    Contact Natalie Haymaker, Project Coordinator for Missions, with any questions you have about the Christmas Outreach events by email at nhaymaker@crossings.church.

    Stephanie and Chico Rogers

    Giving Generously

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    Stephanie and Chico Rogers

    Interview by Cheri Weaver, Pastor of Volunteer Ministry

    In what areas of Crossings have you been generous to volunteer your time and God- given talents?

    Stephanie: I began volunteering in Children’s Ministry by decorating for special events. Our family has helped with the Fall Festival for many years, and this past spring, we served on the disaster relief team in Moore. Next, we look forward to helping build a Habitat for Humanity house with Crossings.

    Where have you seen generosity displayed at Crossings?

    Stephanie: People get so excited to pick up backpacks to fill for the children in our inner-city partner schools. I mean, you have to stand in line to get a backpack, and then the church runs out! Last year, when we saw all the backpacks filled and returned, the enormous pile was stunning. When we think about Wednesday night dinner, we think, “Without the volunteers, dinner wouldn’t happen.” It takes a lot of people.

    Chico: Before I began attending Crossings, I knew it had a reputation of generosity in the community. The church gives to those who are in need, and it is incredible.

    Explain how the Lord is personally speaking to you now to lead in Volunteer Ministry.

    Chico: Our family has been very blessed, and we are fortunate. This was the perfect time to come across volunteer opportunities, and we are ready to give back. We know God wants us to participate at Crossings, and we want our children to understand we are not supposed to just collect items and give money, but we need to give our time as well. It takes more than your checkbook, and in fact, it is harder to pull up your sleeves than write a check. We need both.

    The development of a Volunteer Ministry will help people understand where to go and get a jump start to become involved in the life of the church through volunteering. This came at a great time—It is God’s timing. I’ve been thinking about where I could plug in; helping other people find a place to volunteer is the perfect fit for me.

    How does the Lord bless you through volunteering?

    Stephanie: I’ve enjoyed all the people I’ve met through volunteering. It makes this large church feel small, and I’ve met a lot of really nice people. In volunteering there is meaning, and it makes me feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of others. I want to make a contribution!

    Chico: We don’t want to depend on others. We want to be involved and use our talents and time. There is more to church than worship, and volunteering helps me develop a better relationship with God.

    If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:8)

    “Giving Generously” originally published by Cheri Weaver, Pastor of Volunteer Ministry, in the Winter 2013 edition of Crossings Magazine.

    Need + Love & Action = Generosity

    Need + Love and Action = Generosity

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    Need + Love & Action = Generosity
    By Melissa Hiett, Pastor of High School Girls

    Jesus-Generosity

    Generosity can come in many forms, but the greatest is what I call “Jesus-Generosity.” This looks different from any other type of benevolence because it doesn’t give to feel good nor does it give just
    to be kind. It gives to love. Anyone can be generous, but as Christians we must desire to give like Jesus did. In the Gospel of John, Jesus performs His first miraculous sign in an unexpected act of generosity. The well-known story of Jesus turning water into wine is an interesting example of seeing a need and acting upon it. Jesus walked away from the wedding without any of the wedding guests knowing about this miracle. When I think of what it looks like to be generous like Jesus, I think of this equation: Need + Love & Action = Generosity.

    Last Christmas, Crossings High School Ministry found ourselves in a similar situation. We were not at a wedding and we didn’t do anything miraculous, but we saw a need and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet that need. Something extraordinary happens when you get a group of high school students together and give them a challenge straight from the heart. If you allow them to love on someone in need and bring a smile to a face, they will rise to the occasion every time. So that is exactly what we did. HSM has been consistently involved in partnering with a local organization called The Genesis Project—a place for young boys who are in the foster care program but can’t be placed into a home because of abuse. Each year, HSM hosts a Christmas party for the children, as well as visiting the Genesis House on occasion just to play and spend time with the boys. We also try to take them on a field trip to the Zoo or Science Museum each year.

    Accepting the Challenge

    While visiting last year, we discovered a need we couldn’t ignore. We noticed the boys were taking turns riding bikes that were in terrible shape. You see, these boys don’t have the privilege of going to a public school or spending the night at a friend’s house; they spend all of their time at the Genesis House—and playing outside is the highlight of their week. We wanted to make that highlight just a little bit brighter for them. We wanted them to play and laugh and have fun outside just like every little boy should. After talking to the Genesis House staff, we discovered that many of the boys had asked for bikes for Christmas!

    We rallied our students and challenged them to raise enough money to purchase every boy a new bike and helmet. Then we got to see our students rise above our challenge! We needed 16 bikes to fulfill the Christmas wish. After just a few weeks of collecting funds, we had enough money to purchase 20 bikes and helmets! This allowed the Genesis House to store new bikes for incoming boys who would be entering their program. Like Jesus, our students were able to walk away knowing they had met a need with none of the boys knowing who had delivered the bikes. Our students felt wonderful about being able to do such a thing, but by no means did the feelings drive them to give. The students were compelled by a great desire to fill a need, which was birthed out of love for those boys. HSM delivered much more than bikes that day!

    Finding A Need

    It wasn’t about the money or the gift; it was about seeing a need and acting upon it. It was about being bighearted and putting other people’s needs before our own. It was about striving to be just a little bit more like Jesus Christ and remembering the words He spoke in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In HSM, we can now count this verse to be tried and true! May you find yourself with eyes like Christ looking out at a world full of need, with a heart that desires to be like our Lord. What need do you see?

    Need + Love & Action = Generosity.

    “Need + Love & Action = Generosity” originally published by Melissa Hiett, Pastor of High School Girls, in the Winter 2013 edition of Crossings Magazine.

    Doing the Possible

    Doing the Possible

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    Doing the PossibleWritten by Donnie Peslis, Pastor of Middle School Ministry

    Giving Back

    When Crossings Middle School Ministry (MSM) isn’t sumo wrestling, eating pizza, or learning about the Lord, we love to give back! For three days, students head out into the heart of the city to make a difference through acts of service on MSM’s Spring Break Mission project.

    Working with local organizations in the downtown area such as Water4, The Spero Project, Regional Food Bank, City Rescue Mission, and many more, students are shown first-hand that mission trips don’t just mean going overseas. These projects also help show students the different ways in which they can serve—from stocking shelves at the food pantry to cleaning to building relationships with those who just need to talk to someone.

    Last year, the MSM staff and three (very brave) parent volunteers joined our 40 students on this awesome adventure in the downtown OKC area. Xuan Gibson, mother of now eighth grader Kali, joined MSM as a volunteer and loved seeing the kids in their element.

    I enjoyed seeing the kids have fun; seeing how they just jumped right in and didn’t have to be asked was great.

    While the goal of the trip is to minister to the students and those we serve, the trip also had an unexpected impact on her. “We went to a place called The Refuge in downtown Oklahoma City. A family who decided to sell everything and move to the area to minister started the organization. It was incredible seeing people with such courage and faith right here in our own backyard. It really showed all of us how big God is.”

    As MSM continues to serve, our hope is that you would join us in prayer over this journey. Pray God works in the hearts of the students going, and they are shown the impact serving others can make. These students are seeking to make an impact locally in the name of the Lord, but we pray the impact is made far beyond just their work. Pray with us that these students “doing the possible” will allow God to do the impossible in our community.

    “Doing the Possible” originally published by Donnie Peslis, Pastor of Middle School Ministry, in the Winter 2013 edition of Crossings Magazine.

    Just Jump In

    Just Jump In!

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    Just Jump In
    I drive by the location of our new Community Center and Clinic every day to check on the progress of our new facility, and it brings back many childhood memories. I grew up in the Village and we looked forward, with great anticipation, to the summer time when all the neighborhood kids would walk up to the Village Pool and spend the day. As I looked around, people were on the high dive, the low dive, the shallow end. Some were dangling their feet in the pool, some were reading under the umbrella and others were hanging around the concession stand. While “everybody” went to the pool, the part of the pool they enjoyed or spent their time was different. Years after the pool closed, I realized that at some point, we have to be active; we have to take the initiative and “just jump in” to experience the fun and the rush.

    The Bible contains a similar kind of principle for us in Psalm 34:8. It simply says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Enjoy how some of your Crossings brothers and sisters have decided to “jump in” and are “tasting” and experiencing the full goodness of God through their service in our local community.

    Disaster Response Team

    • I would have to say the entire trajectory of my life has changed as a result of volunteering … everything from the things I value most to the people I enjoy spending time with to the priorities in my life … I really feel like I am a different person. —Debe Allen (Disaster Response Team, Clinic)

    Whiz Kids

    • Through volunteering, I have learned to rely on God for His strength and wisdom and not my own. I have learned to ask for His words and not rely on my own words. God is the ultimate compassionate volunteer who I feel walks beside me. Volunteering has made me realize God is everywhere, even in the smallest details, if I only look. —Kay Tangner, Whiz Kids Tutor
    • My life is full of joy in helping mentor and improve the reading skills of my student through Whiz Kids. I believe we become our best when we are serving others and have the chance to demonstrate the love of Jesus. —Howard Hunt

    The Clinic

    • One of the great things about serving at Crossings Community Clinic is the opportunity to pray with my patients without worrying about institutional guidelines or someone looking over my shoulder. Taking a few minutes to get a sense of where the patients are emotionally and spiritually is really worth it to offer a meaningful prayer that meets them where they are. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to figure that out, and I may offer a fairly generic prayer and wonder if I really did anything useful. Occasionally in those circumstances, I have been profoundly impacted when that same patient will ask to pray for me. That patient, who does not know me personally or any of the details in my life, will then ask for the Lord’s help for me in a particular area with which I am struggling at that very time. So God Himself is ministering to me directly through the person I am ministering to myself. It is a great faith-builder to see how He is always in control and continually blesses me in ways I cannot comprehend and often cannot see. —R. Michael Siatkowski, MD
    • Volunteering in the medicine room at the Clinic has given me the opportunity to know more people who need prayer, and it has deepened my joy in praying for others. —Louanne Trueblood

    Community of Faith

    • God brought four amazing Rwandan students into our life at Crossings one Sunday four years ago. Before that encounter, I viewed volunteering as a “when I feel like it” duty if I found the “perfect” time and place to volunteer … so we kept asking (and delaying) but never serving. However, once we got our hands dirty, God began a transforming work in our lives. As a host home to the Rwandan college students, I began to see others rather than focusing exclusively on me. Contrary to public opinion, you are not committing the rest of your life, but for my family, everything changed once we committed to something that required an ongoing sacrifice. —Alan Spies
    • Through volunteering, I feel like God has blessed me with an inner joy that has made me want to be closer to Him and love Him even more. This joy has made me want to listen, follow and serve Him so others can see Him through me. My first opportunity to serve was 21⁄2 years ago serving lunch to the homeless at Community of Faith. I’m still doing that, and I absolutely love it. I am so glad Crossings has so many opportunities for serving! —Camille Glasshof
    • Volunteering as a teacher-partner with one of our inner-city school partners makes me feel like I’m doing a small part of God’s work here on earth. It is fulfilling, and through it, God has shown me that my time and effort spent volunteering reaps many more benefits than pursuing my selfish motivations ever could. —Stacy Townsdin
    • Volunteering with formerly incarcerated women at the Hope House has resulted in the receipt of letters, emails, texts and new friendships. When I began volunteering, I had no idea I would soon become a widow. However, God makes provisions for our need even before the need exists. Imagine what a blessing it was that my sudden loneliness was helped by the letters I received from my pen pals. I’ve become so much more aware of God’s mercy and grace toward me and have grown in my desire to express that same mercy and grace to others. —Julie Blevins

    Eugene Field

    • I serve with the art teacher at Eugene Field. She has been going through so much personally this year; over and over, I keep seeing how God’s power is made perfect in her weakness. She has lots of kids crammed into a room with little to no resources, yet from her teaching, these kids are really getting exposed to great art … both learning about it and creating it themselves. Just to see the students’ faces as they excel in their artwork and like what they are creating has been so cool. I love how it isn’t dependent on the supplies, the space she uses for her room or her lack of patience … God can do anything He chooses wherever He chooses to do it. I thought I’d be so much help to her, but in reality, she amazes me in all she is able to accomplish with so little. God’s power is made perfect in my weakness, too, and getting to work with Donna this year has shown me that the only real stumbling block in my being used for eternal purposes is me. So if I am obedient and willing, He will use me, and ultimately that is what I long for… that and a sense of His presence in my day-to-day life. Thanks for this great connection! Loving art with kids at Eugene Field. —Stacey Allen
    • We worked for years to get to the place where we could retire and work for free, and we found true wealth. Through working with children in the inner-city, we have been made aware of MANY THINGS we take for granted. At Thanksgiving, we discovered 23 of our 26 students had never had pumpkin pie! Ed told them it was the best vegetable they’d ever eat! Supporting teachers with prayer and presence filters down as HOPE to children who would otherwise be hopeless. We initially wondered if we were “qualified” to work with kids … it turned out we had attention & kindness to give, and it was exactly what they needed most. —Ed & Allie Frankfurt

    The Club

    • I have volunteered at The Club for five years. This afterschool program at Crossings Community Center serves middle and high school students from John Marshall. Every year, I see myself growing in my faith through sharing it with the students in my small group. My love for them grows along with my sense of purpose and blessing from God. This year, I am mentoring a single student outside The Club time, and it is such a precious relationship! I truly feel God is working in me as much as He is allowing me to touch the lives of these students! —Lisa Gilbert
    • I have a passion for kids who, through no fault of their own, are growing up in an environment that puts them “behind the 8-ball” in this world. I began addressing this passion years ago with the semi-conscious idea that I was doing it to make up for the bad things I have done. However, through the volunteers who have entered my life (Sunday School teachers, Men’s Bible study leaders and Crossings’ pastors), I now understand, CONSCIOUSLY and with eyes-wide-open, I can’t possibly do enough to make up for my past wrongs. I learned grace. THAT … has led me to volunteer more passionately than ever before! —Steve Kalmeyer, The Club Inner-City Small Group Leader

    “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

    “Just Jump In!” originally published by Pam Millington, Pastor of Missions and Outreach at Crossings, in the Spring 2014 edition of Crossings Magazine.

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