Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
As we follow Jesus, the Crossroads congregation strives to obey his commands into action -- pursuing God's mercy, justice, and healing (both spritual and physical) into practical ways. In addition to living out our faith in our daily lives, our missional focus also manifests itself corporately in two primary initiatives:
- First, we donate 10% of our annual budget to other missions organizations. Just as each Christian is called to tithe in faith (I Cor 16, Lev 27, Num 18), so too does our church direct a material proportion of our funds to God's other work around the world.
- Second, we sponsor, organize, and participate in short-term missions trips to Ecuador -- at least one annually, in cooperation with E3 Partners.
Missions Organizations Sponsored
Crossroads employs a 4-part strategy in our missions funding. We attempt to donate our funds to causes both locally here in New Jersey, as well as globally in other countries. Also, we wish to provide for both spiritual needs (evangelism), as well as for physical needs (mercy, justice).
- International Student, Inc. (ISI) - John and Aruna Desai: A ministry reaching out to share the love of Jesus to international students on the campus of Princeton University. They reach these often lonely students (who are far from their families, culture, and language) through Christian hospitality. Monthly dinners are held to bring in new students.
- Harvest USA: A ministry committed to offering the hope of Jesus Christ to individuals struggling with sexual sin. Started in 1983 as an outreach to the homosexual community it has grown and expanded to equip the church in bringing the gospel to those affected by or who struggle with sexual brokenness of all types (pornography and other sexual addictions). Located in Philadelphia, PA.
- Young Life – Jim Llyod: Reaching urban students in central NJ through what the ministry calls “Clubs”, they work to build relationships with teens sharing the love of Jesus in a non-threatening environment.
- Young Lives – Barb Nelson: She is responsible to reaching young women who are pregnant and in need of assistance and the Lord. Presently working in The Planfields. Young Lives is a division on Young Life.
Campus Crusade for Christ – Tommy Waters: Work with college students in New Jersey at Rutgers University. They primarily help students grow in their faith and help train students in evangelism and discipleship.
- Campus Crusade for Christ – Tommy Waters: Work with college students in New Jersey at Rutgers University. They primarily help students grow in their faith and help train students in evangelism and discipleship.
- Christar - Sister M.K.: She is working with the people of Asia, sharing the love of Christ to those who do not know Him through a free medical clinic.
- E3 Partners - Dave Johnson: Dave is the coordinator for E3 to Ecuador. We have partnered with him on our last three short term mission trips to Ecuador (including the Jan 07 medical mission trip) and will continue to with future trips to the area.
- New Hope International: The ministry began with smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe in the 1970’s. It now works to equip local Christians to spread the Word of God through partnerships with national teams. They train, support and administer in many churches and even public schools in the Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and the Republic of Moldova.
- Nepal Ebenezer Bible College: The college is a ministry of the National Churches Fellowship of Nepal. NCFN is the largest coalition of indigenous churches in Nepal and is a member of the World Evangelical Fellowship and Evangelical Fellowship of Asia. The college was established in 1992 with a vision to train Nepali church leaders to equip them to teach, preach and to live according to the Word of God.
- Navigators - Ron and Lelah Kanour: Missionaries in the Raleigh/Durham area bringing the love of Christ to those who have not heard. Other responsibilities include helping pastor’s and churches equip members to bring others to Christ, give direction for growth of the ministry in the area, equip and train staff and informal missionaries in other parts of the U.S. and world, and to provide supervision, mentoring and coaching to Navigator staff and stakeholders in the southeast region of the U.S.
- World Vision (AIDS): We participate in a program called Operation Hope, run by World Vision, a highly respected Christian Humanitarian charity. This program brings education, economic development, and humanitarian aid to African villages decimated by AIDS.
- Wycliff Bible Translators – Felise and Shalom Alaichamy: Helping and organizing work of translators in Indonesia to translate the Word of God for the different dialects in the area.
NOTE: While the following mission works are relatively close by, we consider them in our "Global Missions" category as they reach a demographic that is “worlds away” culturally. We have been blessed in the NY area that we do not always need to go out to the world as the world has come to us. Also, we want to make church planting, particularly within our denomination, a high priority. These are both works of Mission to the World (MTW), the mission agency of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).
- PCA Church Planter in New York City - Jim & Lois Romaine: Are twenty year veteran missionaries and church planter to the Muslims in Turkey. He plans to start a church reaching Muslims in the NYC Metro area and use those relational contacts to influence Muslims in “closed” countries the world over.