GLOBAL MISSIONS PARTNERS
Compassion is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with children suffering from poverty all over the world. Crossroads has supported young Andy Turnip in Indonesia through the Swiss arm of the mission for the past 7 years. Recently another 38 children have been sponsored by individual members of the congregation.
The Sunday School has ‘adopted’ Andy and communicates with him regularly, receiving letters back from him in return.
The children are encouraged to bring tithes to church to support Andy, to teach them to give and help those who are less fortunate. They have also raised funds for him in addition to those donated monthly by the church. Compassion ensures that all funding is used to help Andy and his family in a sustainable way.
Click here to learn more about Compassion International.
Crossroads partners with the F. family who are involved in Bible translation projects in Russia and neighboring countries. There are many people groups in post-Soviet countries that are largely unreached with the Gospel. Wycliffe and its partners provide access to Scripture to people in their heart languages. Nowadays, electronic formats make it easier for people to obtain Bible texts, read them or listen to them. M.F. specializes in IT and Digital Media work. Among other things, he has been involved in the creation and distribution of Bible applications for mobile devices. He also trains and supports others in this area.
Partners works in two main areas – the Middle East and Southeast Asia (Myanmar and Thailand).
War and oppression have devastating consequences on the freedom and well-being of innocent children caught in the crossfire. Partners works in communities touched by conflict to ensure these children are protected and have all they need to reach their full potential.
1 in every 113 people are displaced. Over half of those are children. That’s over 65 million people globally who have been forcibly displaced by war, violence, and persecution. Partners believes that no border or barrier should stop people from experiencing God’s love. That’s why they go where others have said they cannot, working with vulnerable and displaced communities that are difficult to reach in order to bring practical solutions that build a future for children free from hardship and exploitation.
With the church’s help, they not only bring relief aid into desperate situations, but have been planning for and re-building infrastructure to meet children’s primary needs; working side-by-side, together with the people themselves.
Click here to learn more about Partners Relief and Development.
Under the leadership of Vivian Kityo, who is a qualified midwife, they run a pregnancy crisis centre in Kampala, Uganda, offering pregnant teenagers refuge and the good news of the Gospel, as well as education and various life skills.
Their vision is: “The promotion of dignity and self-esteem of young girls in Uganda with crisis pregnancy while addressing their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. This is achieved by providing temporary shelter, counselling and care services, providing opportunities for Christian growth and discipleship and equipping them with life and vocational skills, thus transforming the lives of this vulnerable group”.
One of their objectives is to reintegrate young mothers, who were forced to drop out as a result of early pregnancies, into schools and higher institutions of learning. This would result in an improvement in the standard of living of young mothers and their babies; it would reduce the high level of illiteracy among women as a result of dropping out of schools due to unwanted pregnancy; it would give them hope for the future after conception and delivery; it would improve their self-esteem. Over 60 young mothers have been reintegrated into schools over the last ten years.
Click here to learn more about Wakisa Ministries.
Global Hope Network International (GHNI) is headed up by Hal and Lana Jones who are based in Geneva but travel extensively to engage with unreached groups all over the world. GHNI does this through three strategies: Disaster Relief, Transformational Community Development (TCD), and the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy.
Click here to find out more about Global Hope Network International.
Living Hope Odessa was founded in 1999 by Nicole and Vyacheslav Borisuk. A number of Day Care and Family Support centres have been established in Odessa and the surrounding areas in Ukraine, where children can come after school week to do their homework and enjoy activities that develop their personality, gifts and interests, all in a secure environment where the Gospel is shared openly.
Click here to learn more about Living Hope Odessa.
True Love Movement is headed up by Mercy Masuluke and is based in one of the large townships in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Their mission is to make God’s love known in their community and build a new generation that will pursue God’s love, education and a healthy lifestyle. This is achieved through an After-Care Centre where they equip children spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically to function effectively in their community.
Click here to learn more about True Love Movement.
LOCAL OUTREACH PARTNERS
Rahab is a Christian, non-profitable organization which falls under the umbrella of the Basel Salvation Army. Their focus is an outreach to women who work in prostitution. They visit them in their own environment, whether it is on the street, in the bars, salons, or private places. Focus is not only on their physical well-being but also on their psychological and spiritual well-being.
Rahab provides Christian literature in different languages: Bibles, New Testaments, Daily Bread, etc. as well as small gifts. These can be chocolates, body lotion, cookies, or a handmade craft. During the holidays, special gifts are provided which have been made by their creative ladies.
They also work with Aliena, a counselling centre. Every Wednesday a free lunch is provided by Aliena and a small team is there to offer prayer and conversation. Once a month a free dinner is offered. During this evening, Rahab provides not only spiritual support but also fun activities such as manicures or pedicures. It’s a special time, because the women open up and many have never had a warm touch to their hands, arms or feet without wanting something in return. There are also different events throughout the year which are free and where homemade special dishes are provided.
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ReNAiSSArT, a department of Artists for Community Transformation International, has the vision to restore hope & heal hearts by sharing life-giving art, facilitating creative workshops and encouraging & mentoring people. Allison Régnier, a Crossroads member, is the Project Director and has a Masters in Missions and Intercultural Studies along with 25 years of ministry experience in France, Switzerland and Germany. Her area of ministry is the three-country area around Basel.
Click here to learn more about ReNAiSSArT.