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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

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.

Read the rest of this archived story:

Invested in Leadership

version-2The Crossing is strategically investing in pastoral and chaplaincy leadership in Kenya. This builds the capacity of church leadership with solid theological training. It also provides better prepared chaplains for police and army units. These men can especially impact areas of culture where historically there has been a tendency for graft.

The Crossing provides scholarships for pastors and chaplains to obtain theological education at Covenant College of Theological Studies and Leadership in Nairobi. We congratulate the recent graduating class of pastors and chaplains.

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-52-pmscreen-shot-2016-10-22-at-12-15-57-pmJoel Kavala serves Covenant as Academic Dean, while Stephen Kiura serves as Principal. These men also serve on our Kenya Advisors Council (KAC). This group of Kenyan pastors and missionaries help us monitor and connect with partner projects in Kenya.

Joel is a former scholarship recipient and candidate for Masters graduation from Westminster Theological Seminary Uganda (WTSU is now in the process of becoming accredited as ARTS: Africa Reformation Theological Seminary.) His hope is to obtain PhD education through a low residency seminary in South Africa.

Scholarships for theological education in Uganda and Nairobi are generously provided through Kenya Christlike Leadership Program (KCLP) which was founded in 2009 by Crossing members concerned with transforming communities in Kenya through the gospel. One means of achieving this is enlarging the Christlike leadership capacity of key members of the church and community.

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Mission Internship: Summer 2017

flag-kenya-XLSerge is one of The Crossing’s main mission partners in Kenya.

Vision: The Serge team in Nairobi, Kenya exists to equip, minister, and engage with the local church through Bible storying training, soccer-based discipleship, and medical ministry. Our hope is to encourage leaders and cultivate a deeper understanding of the gospel of grace and it’s implications for all aspects of life.

The ultimate goal is to see a Kenyan church, which is (both corporately and individually) growing in understanding of the gospel, living life rooted in the gospel and more thoroughly equipped to reproduce.

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Gain insights to a New Culture:

  • Study cross-cultural living and specifically Kenyan culture
  • Get to know and worship with the body of Christ in another culture
  • Spend time with nationals through visiting, working and ministering alongside them
  • Acquire critical words in a new language
  • Spend time with missionaries, getting to know their families and daily lives

Minister to Kenyans while being discipled by Serge Staff:sonship_serge-frontcover-1280x1930

  • Be mentored using Sonship materials
  • Serve in sports ministry with under-privileged youth
  • Engage in local churches
  • Learn how to utilize chronological Bible storying as a means of evangelism

Other opportunities:

  • Help with soccer camps and weekly clinics
  • Visit a national park and other great local sights
  • Travel outside of Nairobi to encourage the rural church in Kenya

Overview: The Serge Nairobi team is unique in that members are involved in different ministries with the same ultimate goal.

Pistis Visit Summer 2016

DSC03481Christine Simon and Windy Shull visited Nairobi, Kenya for almost two weeks this July. Their goal was to visit as many of The Crossing’s partner ministries as possible. They especially wanted to connect with the children and teachers at Pistis School where they were able to spend 3 full days. They delivered the book bags our kids painted during Kids Club and also took other gifts to help the kids and teachers.

Crossing Kids has closely partnered with Pistis for many years. Crossing Kids Sunday morning large group offering money is used to help Pistis School purchase their curriculum each year. You can find out more about the ways we support and connect with Pistis School by checking out this blog post from earlier this year: Mission Spotlight: Pistis School.

Enjoy this video Crossing Kids shared in large group on Sunday morning, September 4th, to tell our kids about Windy and Christine’s visit to Pistis:

The Wallaces Serving in Nairobi, Kenya

906866_277234115792373_3720417118611389151_oShawn 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.

Why Greet Missionaries

Wallace-Shawn-Heather-770x770Between services on July 24th, we are hosting a Missionary Meet & Greet with The Wallace Family who are serving in Nairobi, Kenya. Don’t miss the opportunity to be an encouragement to Shawn and Heather and to their children.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  Matt 9: 36-38

Missionaries typically sacrifice personally, professionally and financially to take their families to far flung places where they do without conveniences while missing their family and friends in order to work terribly long hours in adverse situations for little thanks and no compensation.

Here are 10 reasons we should be eager to meet and greet missionaries: