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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

Veritas: Japan 2018 Team

Japan is one of the most influential, educated, and wealthy nations in the world, and yet less than 0.5% of the 125 million Japanese know Jesus. During Veritas: Japan, our staff and students work in partnership with long-term missionary teams who are planting churches and college ministries in Nagoya, one of the major urban centers of Japan. Throughout the summer we help these ministries reach young people in the area through college ministry, conversational English classes, and children’s ministry. By investing one of their college summers, Veritas: Japan students gain a lifetime of growth and ministry. They are stretched in faith, in their heart for the world, and in the process help reach Japan for Christ.

Veritas: Japan 2018 will be led by Veritas staff, Justin & Haley Derks from May 30-July 31. The team will have 8 students (4 men, 4 women). The trip costs $4,750 per student. DONATE HERE

Start praying now for the 2018 Team:

  • Pray for safe travels to and from Japan.
  • Pray for God to prepare their hearts and minds for the plans that He has and to help them rely on Him for their source of strength this summer.
  • Pray that God would put team members in the path of Japanese students who will respond positively to the team’s friendship and will be drawn to Nisshin Christ Church and the love of the staff there.
  • Pray that God would use the Veritas: Japan team to bring glory to his name and to make the good news of the gospel known.

More about past Veritas: Japan Teams from the ESI Archives:

Jamaica Photos: Student-Parent Team 2017

The 2017 Student-Parent Jamaica Team served with Won By One from June 13th – 18th.

The Crossing sent 27 students, ranging from 13-18 years old, with 29 adults/leaders.

A few quotes from team members:

“After spending a lot of time with one of the residents at the infirmary who cannot speak very clearly, she totally blew my mind when she started singing a Jamaican gospel song with complete clarity.  She then proceeded to say a brief prayer, which was also completely comprehendible.   While she may have trouble communicating, God is clearly communicating through her, she was an amazing blessing to everyone who met her.” –Darla Branda

“I loved watch God work in me and my family it was not about me…it was about the Jamaicans who helped us recognize that it was all about Him.” –Brian Wallace

“The simplicity and joy in the Lord that I saw in the Jamaicans daily. I miss that.” –Nancy Anger

“Thank you, High School Ministry, for all you do to coordinate the Jamaica trip. This was the first trip for our family. It was amazing to see all the relationships you’ve developed over the years in Harmons. We never felt like strangers and loved helping advance the mission and vision you have helped developed.” –Jim Beaty

Jamaica Student Trip: June 11-18

Pray for the 2017 Student-Parent Jamaica Team as they prepare to serve with Won By One from June 13th – 18th.

We have 27 students, ranging from 13-18 years old, traveling with 29 adults/leaders.

Mission Sending: A Girls’ Group Story

Many of us want to support missions but struggle with how to get started. This story should encourage us all to jump in and become missions senders.

Makayla Voris, Sophia Domenico and Vienne Parmele, are in the same Middle School small group. They got creative and sold decorated Easter cookies to raise $200 to help Maggie Brothers, one of their small group leaders, meet her missions team funding goal for Project Japan 2017.

Tanya Parmele, Vienne’s mom, promoted the girl’s fundraising venture by taking orders for cookies via Facebook. “Nana Pat” Parmele, Vienne’s grandmother, baked and pre-iced 144 cookies before hosting the girls for an all-afternoon decorating party.Here’s their story in their own words…and those of the adults who helped them get it done:

Project Japan 2017

Project Japan 2017 Team Photo

For the past six years, The Crossing’s college ministry, Veritas, has partnered with Mission To the World’s church planting team in Nagoya, Japan. Each summer, Veritas takes a group of Veritas college students to Nagoya to help run the college ministry at Nisshin Christ Church (NCC) for the months of June and July. Here’s a video overview from Project Japan 2016.

Kyle Richter, Crossing Pastor & Veritas Co-director, is team leader for Project Japan 2017. He provided this guest post. Please consider financially supporting Project Japan 2017 (Place donation amount under Project Japan.)

Project Japan 2017: May 30th-July 25th (The Richter family will leave May 24th to allow an extra week for their kids to adjust before the rest of the team arrives.)

Guatemala Winter Missions Team

Please pray for the Winter Missions Team heading to Chichicastenango, Guatemala this coming Monday, January 30th. This yearly team is made up largely of returning members who assist annually during the week-long discipleship training conference being held by ASELSI, The Crossing’s partner ministry in Guatemala.

Here is an excerpt from Jan 2016 to give you an idea of the kind of work this team participates in each winter:

The team will be serving local people in Chichicastenango, Guatemala and the surrounding towns and villages. The people of this region are some of the poorest in Central America. The focus is really on the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference, while visiting the State hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’, assisting at the ASELSI medical clinic, and doing home visits in Choybaj, also remain important parts of the trip.

Short term mission teams frequently have immediate impacts for the people they serve such as providing food, clean water and health care or they participate in a variety of building projects.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_A Community of BelieversAll these things are good and worthwhile, but this team hopes to have an even longer-lasting impact, an impact that is eternal and reaches far beyond Chichicastenango.  The hope is to use the conference as a platform to share The Navigators Discipleship Program, known as High Quest, with local pastors and members of their churches. The basis of High Quest is to teach people how to know Christ deeply, reflect Christ authentically and share Christ intentionally.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_For the Young and OldThe Crossing’s Men of IMPACT ministry uses this same discipleship program to guide the hearts of men here in Columbia, Missouri. Chuck Worstell and Bill Pinkethman, with the help of Guatemalan Pastor Miguel Ángel, have been sharing High Quest with pastors in and around Chichicastenango for over 12 years now. During the last 3 of those years, the winter mission team has assisted with hosting a High Quest discipleship conference in Chichicastenango. This has provided a format to share the discipleship program in more detail and in a setting where pastors can interact and grow in Christ together.

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference Pastor Miguel ÁngelThe result of the discipleship program has been over 300 members of local Guatemalan churches intentionally growing in Christ together. Furthermore, some of those same individuals are now going out into other parts of Guatemala and Central America to share Christ with others. Through God’s will they will have eternally lasting effects on the hearts of the people of Guatemala and surrounding countries.

Main activities:

  • Visiting the State hospital in Santa Cruz del Quiche’
  • Assisting at the ASELSI medical clinic
  • Doing home visits in Choybaj
  • Assist, hosting and participating in the ASELSI/Crossing Discipleship Conference

Team goals:

2015 Guatemala Discipleship Conference_Crossing Team Sharing TestimoniesShare with conference participants that being a Christian is much more than going to church on Sundays but rather it means being transformed into a servant hearted disciple of Christ.  As disciples we are all called to know God better by studying his Word in the scriptures, submit to God by applying the truth of his Word to our lives and share God’s truths displayed in the Gospel by serving others with love and humility as Christ did for us.

Team prayer requests:

  • That the team submits to and trusts the will of God in everything we do related to our trip and the discipleship conference.
  • That the team is bold with regards to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that God gives us the strength and wisdom to do his will rather than ours.
  • That the participants in the discipleship conference have safe travels, are drawn closer to God and are empowered to go out into the world as witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read the full article here.