Go therefore and make disciples of all nations
CrossRoads' intent is to be a missional church. Our missions strategy envisions reaching internationals both locally and abroad through a variety of methods. This includes establishing and maintaining ongoing strategic partnerships with individuals, organizations, and like-minded churches worldwide to facilitate advancing the Gospel and making disciples of Jesus. However, the ultimate goal of a healthy "sending church" isn't just partnering with a few good international ministries. It's about reorienting the vision of the church around a "sent identity". This requires a commitment to bring awareness to global issues, train volunteers, equip missions teams, devote resources, raise funds, and develop missional leaders.
To foster these goals, CrossRoads will stress four key areas:
- Learn about global missions and be aware of international issues
- Pray for issues of global injustice and suffering as well as missionaries and evangelism efforts worldwide
- Give resources to support missions and international outreach
- Go and share the good news where the Lord has called you
Jordan Smith is CrossRoads first foreign sent missionary. She graduated from ODU and interned with the church and went on her first missions trip through CrossRoads. She is now a missionary with TEAM and will be serving at Rancho El Camino until 2022. She will be taking language and culture classes, helping run youth ministries, and helping facilitate retreats for local businesses and organizations. She works with at risk youth who have dropped out of school and are at-rick for abuse, addiction, gang violence, and human trafficking.
Pete & Emily Johnson
The Johnson's are working in La Paz, Mexico, a city of 215,000 people near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. They are currently the Directors of Rancho El Camino, serving the people of La Paz through recreational therapy programs and community development initiatives. They work alongside the local churches and the local government in providing programs for children, teens, and families. The ranch has a strong missional focus among teens in Mexico and the US. They host short term teams who come to learn how to live a life of service and compassion and work alongside and through their already existing programs. Additionally, the Ranch hosts a summer internship program focused on raising up the next generation for a life of service and missions.
Rob & Yoko Taylor
Rob and Yoko Taylor, with their sons and daughter are foreign workers to the 2nd most unreached nation in the world. In the prefecture of Nagano, the Taylors bring the community and local church together using sports, English, summer camps, orphanage work, and ministering to young moms. They are also involved in church leadership, church planting, and discipleship.
Faith is a foreign worker to the international students at ODU. She reaches students on campus (many of them from unreached people groups) by training and discipling American and International Christian students to reach their friends and classmates for Christ, especially by telling Bible stories and leading Discovery Bible Studies.
Dr. Jenny Cerullo and Dr. Maria Ball are the founders of Kerus Global Education. They have been working worldwide in the fight against HIV/AIDS for almost twenty years. They provide strategic consulting and training for governmental agencies, educational institutions, and faith communities throughout the world. Together, they have created and written curricula and training programs for key organizations interested in promoting character development, life skills and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Their work has been translated into 23 languages and is in use in 56 countries. Jennie and Marcia are also actively involved in the care of orphan and vulnerable children through their orphan care center, the Kerus House of Encouragement, in Soshanguve, South Africa.
Levels of Support
CrossRoads church is the sending church and advocate
CrossRoads financially supports, sends teams to, pray and advocate for
CrossRoads financially supports and prays for
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