Recently, a group of volunteers exemplified our mission statement when they helped remove playground equipment. Read the whole story to see how God is at work from Oklahoma City to Roatan!
Hundreds of volunteers, students, and staff gathered to celebrate the meaning of Christmas with parties, gifts, and time together. Children from our inner-city school partners, including Eugene Field Elementary, Stan Hupfeld Elementary, SeeWorth Academy, The Club at Crossings, Whiz Kids students from Capitol Hill Elementary, and Sunset Elementary, enjoyed special time with volunteers, their teachers, and their friends during each of the parties held during the month of December.
As Hurricane Florence made landfall September 14, 2018, both North and South Carolina were affected by the devastating winds and record-breaking flooding. Over 2,500 people were sheltered in North Carolina alone and an estimated 759,000 homes and businesses were damaged.
During this disastrous event, many school-aged children sought shelter in the school they attended after being forced to evacuate their homes. When children live through disasters like that of Hurricane Florence, their mental, emotional, and physical health can be disturbed, as can their education. Injury, irregular eating habits due to inadequate food supplies, and death are possible during these traumatic events. The stress of losing loved ones, homes, and possessions and being forced to relocate additionally weigh on these children.
All of these factors contribute to a child’s sense of security and stability, but fortunately, meeting a simple need with a few resources help children regain their sense of ownership and free-form expression.
Feed the Children, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials,” creates and shares Disaster Backpacks designed specifically for children who have been impacted by a disaster like Hurricane Florence.
Feed the Children is currently working with 19 community partners to identify needs and gaps in services for these children and their families. 37 shipments of relief supplies totaling 792,000 pounds of food, water, personal care items, cleaning supplies, and other essentials have been allocated.
In September, Crossings Community Church through the Missions ministry had the opportunity to partner with Feed the Children to be a voice of hope and to demonstrate God’s love to these affected families. Second through fourth graders at the Crossings OKC campus created 350 Disaster Backpacks to send to children who have been displaced from their homes and their belongings due to the hurricane. Each backpack is full of personal hygiene items, a plush toy, and a copy of The Comfort Quilt, a coloring book that helps children recover emotionally and spiritually from the losses they’ve experienced.
Take a look at how God is using Crossings to love our neighbors near and far:
Crossings Community Clinic is beginning a new chapter this year by welcoming Executive Director, Marq Youngblood.
An OKC native, Marq came to Crossings Community Church over five years ago by attending the Global Leadership Summit where he met countless Crossings members and got to explore Crossings OKC campus. When the Executive Director position opened up, two Crossings members who knew Marq felt the nudge to talk to him about it. “They asked me to pray about being considered for the position,” Marq said. “I sensed the call of God to apply.”
Marq is uniquely qualified and called to the Executive Director position and feels God is preparing to use his leadership and experience to continue the legacy of the Clinic. “God is using my experience and personal development as a leader to work with the Clinic team to identify and act upon ways to serve our patients more effectively and efficiently,” Marq said. “This will be the foundation for greater things God has in store for us.”
Marq’s Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Gerontology from Southern Nazarene University and Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, coupled with his esteemed career and experience serving in state and federal government, corporate, and non-profit efforts, further underscore his heart for others and his willingness to be the hands and feet of Jesus in all he does. His previous experience with Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) have honed his skills as a leader and allowed him to connect deeply with his employees and community.
As Executive Director, Marq is responsible for providing leadership and management of the Clinic. In this position, he will work with Crossings Community Church leaders and the Clinic Board of Directors to ensure high-quality care is provided to the diverse and growing patient population base. Additionally, he and the Clinic team will continue to provide enriching experiences for a large group of volunteers to deepen their Christian walk.
“God is leading me to love and value each staff member, provider, volunteer, and patient affiliated with the Clinic to establish strong, trusting relationships,” Marq said. “Doing this will enable us to work very well as a team to achieve our vision.”
In addition to the strategy, dedication, prayer, and continued leadership in his new role, Marq is excited to make a meaningful, positive difference in the lives of the Clinic team members and in the lives of those they serve. Marq is passionate about leading, developing people and teams, and helping others in becoming the best they can be. Outside of his position as Executive Director, he also finds time for self-development, leadership development, public speaking, traveling, and reading.
Marq is married to his high school sweetheart, Doris, and they will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this coming November 25. They have three children–two daughters and a son–and have been blessed with two sons-in-law and five grandchildren. A couple of interesting facts about Marq: he’s traveled to over 25 states and he is also an ordained Methodist and Baptist minister!
Our first Father-Son Learning and Cultural Engagement (LACE) trip to Roatan, Honduras was a blast! From June 2 through June 9, 2018, Crossings 78 dads and their sons traveled to Roatan to encourage our missionary partner, Deborah Hunnicutt.
The guys served with children in the bilingual Christian elementary school founded by Deborah, joined in conversational English classes taught in the community, and so much more.
Take a look at some of the trip’s highlights below!
Want to be a part of one of our Learning and Cultural Engagement (LACE) trips in the future? Check out our Missions page right here, explore upcoming trips, events, and classes right here, or contact Pam Millington, Pastor of Missions and Outreach Opportunities, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crossings Community Church has partnered with SeeWorth Academy for 11 years and we had a blast serving approximately 350 students this year! Over 70 volunteers partnered with SeeWorth Academy to celebrate the season of Christmas and the birth of Jesus! Volunteers and students enjoyed personal interactions through shared activities like gingerbread house decorating, bingo, crafts, painting, and more! Each student received a custom hoodie, a bag of candy, and a gift card. On the high school campus, one student came up to a group of Crossings volunteers and gave them each a piece of the best candy in his bag to share his gift and to say thank you!
Missions at Crossings works with inner-city students and skilled volunteers to mentor students on life skills development, planning for a successful future, and relationship development during the school year. Service groups also join in for campus beautification projects, sports physicals for the athletes, and hosting high school graduation at Crossings OKC.
If you’d like to speak into the life of a middle or high school student on a regular basis to offer experience, strength, and hope, contact Pam Millington, Pastor of Missions / Outreach at email@example.com. Take a look at some highlights from the SeeWorth Christmas Party below!
We had a blast at the Eugene Field Christmas party as part of our Christmas Outreach program! Since 2006, Crossings has partnered with Eugene Field to support the teachers and students and to show the love of God through serving others. Our goal was to partner with one of the schools in the Oklahoma City Public School System that struggled the most with trying scores, parent involvement, behavior issues, and others. This Christmas season, our 91 volunteers served 383 students — take a look at the highlights below!
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!
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!
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