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Barcelona: Derek and Ashley Jenkins

Missionary Meet & Greet: Sunday, Feb 3rd:   –Between Services in the Lobby Info Session with Q&A: Sunday, Feb 10th: —During 2nd Service: Room: 319 Bringing LIGHT into DARKNESS: Give Now The Jenkins have been involved with The Crossing since the early days meeting at Rock Bridge High School. They have been missions partners for

Cor Update and New Website

Check Out Cor’s New Website: corcolumbia.org The school year crept up on us before we realized we never sent out an end of spring/summer Cor update! We apologize and hope you enjoy the pictures and info that follows. It was an amazing summer, filled with a LOT of traveling and activities with guys, and even

Coyote Hill Open House: This Sunday

Open House: Sunday, September 9th 1 – 4 PM at Coyote Hill: Directions ~~See firsthand the legacy you are building at Coyote Hill~~ Enjoy Games, Bounce House, Hayrides, FREE Smokin’ Chicks BBQ and Kona Ice! Presented by: For more complete info about Coyote Hill, read this 2016 ministry partner spotlight post from the ESI archive:

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

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

McKinneys: Cru City Neighboring

Chris & Elizabeth McKinney are now with Cru City Neighboring which allows them to also serve as associate staff at The Crossing. Chris serves with Small Groups & Elizabeth with Women’s Ministry. This guest post explains Neighboring and their work in training, coaching & mentoring people interested in pursuing relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. You’ll want to sign up for their Connections Class:

Neighboring Connections Class: Register

Sundays, starting April 8, 11 a.m.

Love Your Neighbor: What does it mean to love your literal neighbor as yourself? In this four-week class, we will discuss how neighboring fits into the bigger story of God’s redemptive purposes. We hope you leave with a new perspective, and a plan that helps you develop fun and meaningful relationships with your neighbors. (Register above)

Contact: [email protected]

Support the McKinneys: DONATE HERE

What if as believers, we truly loved our neighbors- not only in a general sense, but in a literal one? What if we were to go from being strangers to acquaintances to actual friends/neighbors where we could rely on one another and live in community right around us? What if we could not only borrow that cup of sugar & have someone get our mail while we’re gone (that too) but more than that- what if we were to feel a part of an actual community with those living right around us? What if instead of feeling isolated in our own homes, we could have mutually beneficial relationships with people despite our differences where help & support was just a yard away? And what if God were to use those relationships to bring the gospel into homes and apartments and residences everywhere- for people who don’t yet know Him- and in deeper, meaningful ways for believers as well? We’ve been seeing these things happen in our own neighborhood and in our own lives and we want to be a part of equipping believers everywhere to love their neighbors. Literally.

Tom’s Story

Who was I one year ago today? Answering that question brings me to my knees. I was angry. I was bitter. I was unhappy. I was arrogant. I yelled a lot- at my wife, my children, even my dog. I had everything (or so It appeared) but I was empty and unsatisfied…and it was everybody else’s fault. I relied solely on myself, convincing myself I knew how best to navigate life. In reality, I felt as though I was behind the wheel of an out of control car heading for a cliff. Eleven months ago I went to church for all the wrong reasons. Little did I know I was exactly where God wanted me. I was broken. But God reached out and touched me and let me know I wasn’t alone. Soon my life became a search for more…what did it mean to be a believer? What did it mean to live as a Christian? I could have listened to hundreds of sermons on the topic but that wouldn’t be enough. I needed community. I needed someone to gently come alongside me and walk with me. God brought me neighbors. God brought Chris and Elizabeth into our lives. Through the various neighborhood events they already led, my wife and I knew them. And when we ran into Elizabeth at church, we were warmly invited into their small group and into their lives. Having another family in our neighborhood to share our journey with has been invaluable. To share with others the struggles and temptations in everyday life is invaluable. To have another family so close that pours so much into us in invaluable. Who am I now? I am a believer in Christ. I am a sinner saved by grace alone. I am a father who no longer yells at his kids. I am a husband working on removing unrealistic expectations in my marriage. I find peace in surrendering control to God. And He is working in my life through my relationships. My family is so blessed to have such an amazing spiritual resource in our neighborhood.

Church Partnerships

We want to have an influence for Christ…and we believe that one of the best ways to do that is through churches. Beginning with our local church, we are working with the Small Groups team & Women’s Ministry team to help bring a neighboring focus to 120+ small groups and beyond. Through writing, teaching and training/coaching, we desire to be a resource to anyone in our city who has a heart to reach out to their neighbors. In our experience, there are very few neighboring specific resources out there for people, so we’re excited to hopefully meet a need that’s both theological and practical.

If you think your church would be interested in bringing us in to teach our curriculum, please reach out to us by sending us an email!

We are also doing something we’re calling Neighbor Coaching. We met Austin & Melanie as students on a Summer Mission and now they are married & recently built a house in Austin, TX. They asked to Skype with us for some Biblical principles & practical advice as they begin to neighbor. Similar conversations have been happening with some other friends in Kansas City and San Clemente. After seeing us post about neighboring on social media, both of them have reached out to us for some coaching. It has been so fun coming along side them, coaching & praying for them.

Our Curriculum

In line with our vision of partnering with churches, we sense that there is a need for Biblically based, well-researched curriculum on neighboring. With the help of Dr. Tasha Chapman from Covenant Seminary, who specializes in adult education & curriculum, we are currently working on a 6-8 week small group curriculum that we could offer churches as a resource. Our hope is that God would use it to inspire and motivate people to develop relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. Below you can see some of the books that are influencing us in the process.

Our Prayer Requests:

  • Our Table Discussions- Pray for some new faces, people would grow spiritually & experience community.
  • Our Spring neighborhood events- Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day & Block Party. For God to use community (amongst both adults & kids) to bring people out of isolation and into relationship, with God & others.
  • Neighborhood Small Group- There are potentially 8 couples from our Table Discussion that want to further develop community & dig deeper into the Bible. Please pray for Todd & Kelly Scott and this group!
  • Jen Wilkin Women’s Conference- Please pray for the women in our neighborhood that attended, for God to work in their hearts.
  • 4 Week Neighboring Connections Class in April– For God to use it to inspire & motivate people at our church to have God’s heart for their neighbors.
  • Our Curriculum- For our conversations with Dr. Tasha Chapman, that God would lead us to include the right things, that it would be Christ-centered, grace-based and applicable across a broad audience.
  • Church Partnerships- Pray God would continue to open doors to partner with more churches.
  • Speaking at Trinity Community Church & Theological Educational Initiative this Spring.

Sources: The McKinneys’ newletters and Cru City Neighboring materials.

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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Kids Club: Mission Prayer

Another year of Kids Club is in the books. This week of high intensity fun centered around communicating the gospel to preschool and elementary kids involves hundreds of kids and volunteers. While it’s easy to get swept up in all the cheers, chants, dances, songs, skits, slime, crafts, service projects, games, mudslides & water fights,

Newsomes in Nagoya, Japan

img_2491Wayne and Amy Newsome serve with Mission to The World (MTW) at Nisshin Christ Church (NCC) in Nagoya, Japan. They have been serving with MTW in Japan for 27 years. They are long-term ministry partners of The Crossing. The Veritas Project Japan team journeys to Nagoya to partner with the NCC ministry team each summer.

History of Connection to Veritas:
The Newsomes describe how the partnership with Veritas came about:

Where There is No Bible

DSC01202The Crossing supports Bible translation and gospel storytelling. There are millions of unreached people who have no written form of their language or dialect and no scriptures available to them. Even when written scripture becomes available in a new language many people may remain illiterate or prefer to learn in their spoken language or dialect (mother tongue.) The Joshua Project is an organization seeking to highlight the ethnic groups of the world with the least followers of evangelical Christianity. The Joshua Project provides invaluable prayer and educational resources for those interested in taking the gospel to unreached people groups.

Whether you participate in a short-term missions trip or know missionaries who work in remote areas, you might especially be interested in the resources provided by Global Recordings Network and Wycliffe Global Alliance.

These videos tell how Global Recordings Network takes the gospel to those who have no Bible: