Tag Archives: Missionary

Widbins: Stories from the Heart: This Sunday

Stories from the Heart: The Widbins in Guatemala Sun., Aug. 19, 9:45 a.m., Rm. 315 (Student Center) Ron and Sally Widbin will be sharing the work they’ve been doing at a local orphanage along with the work they’ve been doing with Guatemalan ministries as the entire country tries to recover from a nearby volcanic eruption

Rob & Tündi Futo in Hungary

While attending Mizzou, Robert Futo came to know Christ alongside Shay Roush and Keith Simon through Campus Crusade. Now, Rob and his wife, Tündi, lead Cornerstone, a church plant in Budapest, Hungary. As pastor for Cornerstone, Rob is involved in the two year training program with City to City, the church-planting ministry of Tim Keller’s

Rob & Tündi Futo from Hungary: Meet & Greet

Sunday, June 10, In the Foyer, between services:

Stop by and meet missionaries Rob & Tündi Futo. They lead Cornerstone, a church plant in Budapest, Hungary. As pastor for Cornerstone, Rob is involved in the two year training program with City to City, the church-planting ministry of Tim Keller’s Redeemer church in New York. Tündi is completing a two year counseling degree through Westminster seminary online. Born in STL to Hungarian immigrants, Rob became a Christian through Cru at Mizzou. He met his wife, Tündi, while serving with Cru in Hungary. After Rob’s graduation from Covenant Seminary, he was ordained & they returned to Hungary where they have served for 18 years as full-time missionaries. They have two teenage girls, Haini & Csenge.

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Missions Prayer Needs:

  • Pray for Rob & Tündi Futo and their girls as they visit family, connect to their sending agency, and to their US supporters. They need travel mercies and restoration during their US stay. Pray for them to be sustained and strengthened through their time of travels.
  • Pray for The Wallace family from Kenya. They just spent a week at The Crossing volunteering with Kids Club and are also traveling much this summer. They could also use travel mercies on their journeys. Pray for their visits with supporting churches, for their needed support to be met, for their family to be refreshed and their strength restored.
  • Pray for kids and families who may have heard the gospel for the first time through attending Kids Club this week. Pray for God to draw their hearts to himself, for him to open them to the truth of the gospel, for him to grant them grace to believe, and grow them into sons and daughters who walk with him in faith.
  • Pray for the Jamaica Student-Parent Mission Team 2018. The team leaves Sunday to serve with Won by One in Harmons, Jamaica. Pray for God to work in many hearts, for relationships to be strengthened, for eyes to be opened to the gospel of Jesus, for much good to be done among the people of Harmons, for compassion and encouragement to be poured out to those who suffer.
  • Pray for Ron & Sally Widbin in Antigua Guatemala & other ministry partners including ASELSI . They are safe, so far, and actively responding to the aftermath and continued impact of the Volcano del Fuego eruptions. Pray for endurance and courage, hope and resilience as they strive to help in the midst of such terrible devastation.
  • Pray for the Summer Guatemala Team 2018 as they prepare to travel to Chichicastenango, Guatemala. They will be working with ASELSI several hours travel away from the area of the volcano. However, the eruptions have disrupted Guatemala in many ways including air travel. The evolving situation may impact their trip.

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Wallaces: Serving in Kenya

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Shawn & Heather Wallace and their kids will be visiting The Crossing this week and serving at Kids Club. If you run into them, give them a warm Crossing welcome!! This post from the ESI archive tells more about their work in Nairobi, Kenya:

Shawn and Heather Wallace serve in Nairobi, Kenya at New City Fellowship (NCF), a partner church of The Crossing–where Christine Simon and Windy Shull just spent almost 2 weeks. New City Fellowship’s mission is to share the love of Christ and seek racial reconciliation through the power of the gospel in a diverse and challenging city where people are divided not just by race but also by culture, economics and spiritual background. Shawn and Heather are in the trenches—on the front lines—taking the gospel to a hurting, dying, conflict-ridden city. A video about their work can be seen here: video overview.

Join us for a Meet & Greet with The Wallaces this Sunday between all services in Rm. 225.

Donate to The Wallaces’ work in Nairobi, Kenya.1511603_10208958499219017_1300314820328088032_oShawn co-pastors at New City Fellowship with Joe Muutuki. He also works in outreach to the Hindu Community in Nairobi by building relationships and having caring meaningful interactions over time. He mentors Christian men and church leaders with a vision for equipping them to more effectively reach those around them. Shawn has been taking on a new role teaching chronological bible storytelling to Kenyan pastors who use this technique to communicate the gospel in rural areas to semi-literate people groups. By taking on this new role, Shawn is helping free up other team members for greater leadership and administration responsibilities.

100_5332-150x150Heather co-leads the Sunday School program at New City Fellowship where many believers from various backgrounds seek to train their children in biblical education across the cultural divides listed above. She also mentors women through NCF and administers the summer interns program for their team. She does all this while sharing their one vehicle with Shawn, keeping their household running (no small task in Nairobi), and juggling the schedules of their three kids who remain at home—ages 16, 14 and 11. (Their oldest son is in college at their alma mater in New York.)

Diversity, Conflict and Reconciliation in Nairobi:
Nairobi has many different people groups who have all converged to create a truly international city. Many nations have their embassies in Nairobi and even more relief agencies use Nairobi as a jumping-off location and home for their East Africa offices. This means many thousands of expatriates from the US and other parts of the West call Nairobi home and need a congregation to meet their spiritual needs. Read more via the link below…

The Wallaces Serving in Nairobi, Kenya

Racial Reconciliation: Perspectives from Kenya

Sunday Nov 5th: We are excited to host missionaries, Joe & Elfi Muutuki. They serve in Nairobi, Kenya, a diverse and challenging city where they share the love of Christ and seek gospel-centered racial reconciliation. Joe is senior pastor at New City Fellowship, a church with longstanding ties to The Crossing. He also leads the

Missionary Meet and Greet: Sun. Nov 5th

On Sun. Nov 5th, we are excited to host missionaries, Joe & Elfi Muutuki. They serve in Nairobi, Kenya, a diverse and challenging city where they share the love of Christ and seek gospel-centered racial reconciliation. Joe is senior pastor at New City Fellowship, a church with longstanding ties to The Crossing. He also leads the Kenya Advisors, the council that monitors all of our Kenya Projects. Elfi leads women’s ministry. Stop by their table in the lobby to extend a warm welcome and find out more about their work. During the 11am hour, they will be speaking and taking questions about their Racial Reconciliation work. See EntryPoint and your worship folder for location.

This post details some of the work they are doing in Nairobi:

Muutukis Visiting Soon from Nairobi

Pray for Kenya to find a way through to peaceful election of their President. They are still awaiting the new election after the one earlier this year was nullified by their Supreme Court. They are still having riots and street violence: Protests Banned After Presidential Opposition Candidate Withdraws

Sources:

  • ESI archive
  • Joe & Elfi Muutuki
  • PBS.org/newshour/

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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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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 our partners there and 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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Honduras Team: Spring Break 2017

Next Saturday, March 25th, 15 team members will leave for Honduras to minister alongside World Gospel Outreach (wgoreach.org). The team will return one week later, arriving in Columbia after midnight March 31st.

Dan Carmichael, a returning team member, is serving as Team Leader for the first time this year. He will be supported in leadership by several returning team members including Sarah Kohnle who served as Team Leader on several previous trips. Two team members are going to Honduras ahead of schedule to extend their time in-country.

Prayer Requests:
Although Honduras is a dangerous and corrupt place, there has never been a violent incident with any of the teams. Our hosts make sure the North American teams stick together and armed guards watch over us while we serve. Most times, the peace of God flows over the people standing in line and everyone is patient.

Please pray for:

  • continued peace
  • healthy bodies
  • safe surroundings
  • the ability to reach and minister for Christ.

Team Demographics:

  • 15 person team
    • 11 from The Crossing
    • 4 from Montgomery City
  • 8 women going and 7 men.
    • Oldest man: 65 years old
    • Oldest woman: 58 years old
    • Youngest man: 20 years old
    • Youngest woman: 19 years old
  • 3 married couples
    • One couple is in their 40s
    • One couple is in their 30s
    • One couple is in their 20s.

The 2017 team will be participating in all the same ministry activities as previous teams. Below is a description excerpted from last year’s ESI post:

News From Racefield School in Kenya

Thanks to the generosity of donors from The Crossing, Racefield School has enlarged their solar system enabling them to install a computer classroom.

We are greatly encouraged by your love to move on. Thank you, to great people of God, Pastor Keith and the Entire Crossing Church and all our supporters may God richly bless you, we don’t know the better way to express it but our hearts are full filled with great joy and appreciation for your continued support to this ministry.

Lots of prayers and greetings from Racefield Family.

Wishing you God’s blessings.
Sammy & Felistus

For Racefield Children’s Ministry.

Racefield School is located outside Mwingi Town in rural Kenya where there is no electrical grid. Even so, last year the government of Kenya mandated that all schools must provide computer facilities and classes in order to keep their certification. But, the government provided no funding making their demands seem insurmountable.