Every Christmas a team from CPC has the opportunity to partner with our long-term missionaries Roland & Carolyn Ashby and their ministry Strategic Alliance for an outreach in Reynosa, Mexico building homes. This year our team of 22 had the opportunity to build a home and love on the local community. It was a life changing opportunity for all.
Our team of 7 arrived in Ethiopia, under the watchful eyes of our own CPC members, Dereje and Hirut, who are Ethiopian natives. Though they now call the United States home, their combined love for their homeland is clear to see. As we arrived, our excitement was tangible, but also was the feeling of the unknown entering a new country and culture. Soon our insecurities were relieved by the helpful, kind nature of Ethiopians. Ministry from day to day looked different, but the impact of one particular day stands out.
Day one of ministry, we were invited into a prison, an 11 hour drive outside the capital city of Addis Ababa. The impact from our visit will not soon leave our memory. Entering into the prison through wooden gates, we were greeted by a church gathering, complete with a full robbed choir. For the first time ever, the women’s ward of the prison was invited into the service to have the opportunity to hear the visiting missionaries (our CPC team). That is a big deal!
After the service concluded, the female team members were invited to visit with the female prisoners and their children that reside with them. The children living inside the gates of the prison had unending joy, despite their circumstances. Our team was granted permission to pass out toys to them, and their smiles were contagious. Not only were the children blessed with gifts, the females received hygiene packs and clothing donated by our very own CPC members! The reaction from the ladies and children was priceless, and it was as though, for even a second, they forgot they were in-prisoned.
In May of 2016, a team of 10 was sent to build relationships with Nepali people and share Jesus’ love by working with YWAM Nepal. The team had the opportunity to teach English, lead a sports camp for villagers, rebuild at an earthquake site, and trek to unreached villages. In Nepal, a country where Christianity has only been legal for 10 years, just to have an opportunity to share the gospel over tea was a blessing. Below is a recap video of the trip.
Pastor Mark Traver, took a team of 3 to Cambodia to visit one of our missionaries, Joni Wise. The team got to encourage and pray for the church plants she is organizing within the country. Below is a recap video of the trip.
Mexico: Every December
Every year after Christmas, Cross Points sends a team to Reynosa, Mexico to work with missionaries Roland and Carolyn Ashby. In 2015, our team of 21 people ranging in ages of 8-79 years old, had an opportunity to build a home, minister to children, and be a part of the Ashby’s ¡Esculea Viva! ministry. Below is a recap video of the trip.
Africa: October 2-12, 2015
In 2015, Mark Traver, missions pastor, took a team of 5 to Kenya and North Africa to visit Cross Points Church missionaries. During these 10 days, the team got to encourage and speak life to those who have dedicated their lives to serve and win nations for Christ. The team worked with a college ministry in Kenya, and traveled to North Africa to encourage missionaries preparing to open an English school. Below is a recap video of the trip.
Taiwan: June 23-July 8, 2015
Nick Adams, youth pastor, led a team of 38 youth and adult leaders on a 16 day mission trip across the world. The team traveled to Toufen, Taiwan to work with Cross Points’ missionaries, Greg and Eva Dennington. This team led an English camp, hosted open airs, and partnered with a Taiwan youth group. They also worked with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Taoyuan where the team participated in street evangelism, service projects, and different skits or dramas. Below is a recap video of the trip.
At Cross Points Church, we believe in serving locally and globally. We believe in sending people out into the world to advance the Kingdom of God by sharing the gospel to all. Salvation is for everyone. We are committed to reaching the lost through God’s grace. As a church body, we live out Matthew 28:19 “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.” We believe we have a great commission as followers of Christ to “Go.” Below is a summary of recent outreaches and information for any upcoming trips.