Tag Archives: Pistis

Drought & Famine in Africa & Yemen

Pray for the more than 20 million people facing starvation in Africa and Yemen. Because of these regional food shortages, costs have doubled then tripled for our partner ministries in central Kenya.

The Crossing is sending funds for food relief to our partner ministries, especially to our partner church, New City Fellowship, and to the schools we support who feed and educate orphans and vulnerable children: Pistis School in Karen, Racefield School in Mwingi, Christ the Redeemer School in Ongata Rongai, and El Shaddai School in Mukuru.

Racefield School is in an area much more susceptible to drought. Your past assistance is making a difference even now. Funding provided by Crossing2Kenya and Crossing Kids in the past has helped Racefield School to have greater food security.

These measures include:

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:

Kenya Missions: There and Here

DSC03481Christine Simon and Windy Shull are currently in Nairobi, Kenya visiting our partner ministries. Then on July 24th, The Crossing will host The Wallaces, a missionary family who is visiting from our main partner congregation in Nairobi, New City Fellowship. It’s exciting to see God weaving greater connections between The Crossing and our partner ministries in Kenya. Thank God for his work in Kenya and ask him to continue to grow our partnerships there.

Mission Spotlight: Pistis School

PICT8845Next week, during Kids Club, our kids will be making canvas bags as a service project for orphans and school children in Kenya. Many of those bags will go to the 85 students who attend Pistis School.

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Some of the bags will be sent out with teams visiting Nairobi area orphanages. The remainder of the bags will go to the 138 students who attend Racefield School which I’ve written about previously: Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2.DSC03385In 2006, The Crossing became involved with Pistis School when one of our members began volunteering there while living in Kenya. Pistis School is an elementary level school located on the edge of Nairobi, Kenya. It provides education for the children of graduate students attending Africa International University (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology.) Usually, at least one family member is getting an education at AIU while their kids are attending Pistis School. They are studying education, Bible translation, missions, theology, counseling, business and other disciplines. These graduate students and their families come from dozens of countries in Africa (South Sudan, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda to name a few). There are also students from Europe and the US. Sometimes, kids are attending Pistis as orphans in the care of extended family members because they have lost their parents due to unrest, civil war, illness or terrorism in their home country. Pistis also educates local kids who are orphans or in financial need.DSC03460

Mission Spotlight: Kenya

One of the main reasons The Crossing started partnerships in Kenya was a desire to train and equip indigenous church leaders to effectively take the gospel to their own people. We are motivated by love for the Kenyan people and a desire for them to know God more deeply. Since 2006, The Crossing has been growing our cooperative connection with New City Fellowship-Nairobi, our main partner church in Kenya, and with the AEPC (African Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

Most AEPC congregations in Kenya are very poor. Almost all are located in remote rural areas, though a few serve urban slum and ethnic minority populations. AEPC pastors are rarely able to complete bible courses at the 2-year diploma level, much less strive for bachelors or masters degrees in theology.

Our partnerships in Kenya now include:

  • pastoral education (including BATS and MATS)
  • Christlike leadership development
  • church planting
  • mentoring indigenous evangelists to reach their own ethnic groups
  • emergency relief
  • racial and tribal reconciliation
  • education and healthcare for marginalized populations including:
    • orphans and vulnerable children
    • refugees