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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:

Veritas: Japan 2017 In Their Own Words:

For the past seven 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 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 Veritas: Japan 2017 led by Kyle & Noelle Richter. Kyle is a Crossing Pastor & Veritas Co-director. Below students from the 2017 team tell about their summer and what it has meant to them.

The Veritas: Japan 2018 team of 8 students led by Justin & Haley Derks are preparing for their trip. It costs $4,750 per student. To support Veritas: Japan 2018: DONATE HERE

Veritas: Japan 2017: In Their Own Words:

Jamaica Team: Veritas Spring Break

Veritas took a large team of college students to serve with Won by One to Jamaica for Spring Break. Thanks go out to all those who made this trip possible. Below find photos from their week of service.

Mission Spotlight: Jamaica

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2018 Veritas Spring Break Photos:

ASELSI: Guatemala: Thank You!

Keys to Discipleship
Thanks to leaders from a discipleship program in Missouri [The Crossing!!], and their heart to come and train Guatemalans how to follow Christ, ASELSI hosted a discipleship conference with nearly 100 people attending from a healthy mix of churches that are using the discipleship program. These “disciples” are learning to follow Christ by studying God’s Word and putting it into practice in their lives. See more about the Discipleship Program at ASELSI here.

Why is the discipleship program important to ASELSI?

The discipleship program is a testimony to the core vision of ASELSI:   “Equipping the Saints.”   At ASELSI we have a goal and a passion that is spelled out in this vision. We want to equip the body of Christ with Biblical teachings.

The discipleship program is led by local pastor, Miguel Angel Morales, one of our EBA graduates.  God began using him to make disciples. and now he’s equipping them by giving them the tools to have a solid foundation in their lives. This is extending into the churches and communities themselves.

This  is a team effort with Bill Penketham and Chuck Worstell, from Columbia, Missouri. who brought the High Quest program to Chichicastenango. Through this partnership we see discipleship growing here in Guatemala as a beautiful image of nations, tribes, and different tongues working together to be the body of Christ.

Glory to God for this!

~~Emanuel Perez, ASELSI Director

Jamaica: A Mother-Daughter Story

Windy Shull and her Daughter Anna sent this Thank You letter to friends and family who made their missions week in Harmons, Jamaica possible. It will give you a sense of how one mother-daughter pair experienced going on mission together:

Dear Friends,

From June 11th to June 18th, we traveled on a mission trip with The Crossing Church and Won by One to Harmons, Jamaica. Thank you so much for your support, interest, and prayers for our journey! We’d like to share some of our experiences from the trip with you:

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: Veritas: In Their Own Words–Spring Break 2017

Veritas 2017 Spring Break Team took a huge group of college students to Harmons, Jamaica where they served with Won By One.

Alex Gray, Veritas Staff, provides this guest post with student interviews and photos taken during their trip.

  • How did you see God at work during your week in Harmons, Jamaica?
  • How did God grow your faith through this experience?
  • What was one of your favorite parts about your time there?

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.

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: