Updates from the Front Lines

Greetings Crossing Church!

God continues to move across the street and around the world.  Our ministry partners in Egypt and Kenya continue to be used by the Lord in mighty ways.  Global Hope Network International continues empowering our adopted village, Attir, and the fruits are evident as you'll read in the newsletter.  Dr. Hany, in Egypt, continues working with Syrian refugees fleeing the crisis in their homeland. The recent bombings of churches in Egypt was a tragic event, but God is working in the midst of the darkness. Check out his newsletter for the latest updates, and you can also follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/imissionsnetwork or via his organization's app (search under imissionsnetwork).   Please continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. 

 

Syrian mother and child who was diagnosed with Downs syndrome, but after praying for healing, was healed in-utero!

Syrian mother and child who was diagnosed with Downs syndrome, but after praying for healing, was healed in-utero!

Husband and wife villagers from Attir, the Crossing's adpoted village in Kenya.  Read their story in the newsletter!

Husband and wife villagers from Attir, the Crossing's adpoted village in Kenya.  Read their story in the newsletter!

Across the Street and Around the World!

Greetings friends of Crossing International Missions! It's been a while since we've sent updates, but we want you to know that God is still actively at work among our international partners.  We have shifted our focus this year to local outreach, but we wanted you to read the attached newsletters so you can see the fruit that came from last year's partnership with Egypt and Kenya. To get up-to-date information about our Egyptian partner, look up 'international missions network' on Facebook. Although we're not sending teams out this year, we are still committed as a church to financially support these two partners. Thank you again for partnering with us as we reach out Across the Street and Around the World!

Dr. Hany working with Syrian refugees

Dr. Hany working with Syrian refugees

Attir village member

Attir village member

Team Egypt: Update Six

Christ came to reconcile creation back to God (Col 1:19-20).  We are all in need of reconciliation, no matter what our religious or cultural background is.  Throughout this trip our team joined our own walk of reconciliation alongside the walks of our fellow brothers and sisters in Egypt.  We learned that poverty is not just a lack of material resources, like many in the West define it, but also a lack of reconciliation with God, our identity in Him, others and creation.  The Christians we met during our trip had flaws and weaknesses like us, and like us, they are made in Christ's image and were doing amazing things for His kingdom.  We were honored to be a part of the online broadcasts that reached hundreds of believers and non-believers in surrounding Muslim countries.  We joyfully worshipped alongside Muslim background believers who "consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ as (their) Lord." (Phil 3:8).  We learned alongside Christian leaders who are working in the frontlines with Syrian refugees throughout Egypt.  We grew together as a team, recognizing that we all have some sort of poverty that Christ is reconciling to Himself.  

All this could not have been possible without your prayers and support. We believe that every prayer and every word of encouragement was a thread that created a beautiful prayer covering over each day of ministry.  Some prayers were answered immediately, others were planted as seeds for the long term work that the Lord begun in Egypt when Jesus died on the Cross.  It was a privilege to be a part of that work along with several other Egyptian Christians who have committed their lives to be a light in the darkness of their country.  

Below is a short video clip during one of the MBB worship services.  Due to the sensitive nature of this gathering, we could not post any pictures of attendees.  I wanted to share the sounds of their worship as a reminder to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. 
 

Our team is committed to continue meeting a few more times after our trip to process how we can apply these experiences to our lives here in the US.  We understand that this trip was a gift that many are not able to experience, and we want to be good stewards of all that God taught us these past two weeks. If you have questions or would like more details, contact Philip at privera21@gmail.com.  Stay tuned for more updates on how you can continue to be a part of what God is doing across the street and around the world. 

Team Egypt, update five

Headlines for the Middle East are usually associated with death, terror and violence. It seems like darkness shrouds this region...or at least that's what the media would have you believe. Our team had the opportunity to facilitate a two day training session for approximately 50 leaders who work with Syrian refugees. These heroes of the faith don't make the headlines, and their work won't be covered by CNN... But their light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness can't overtake it. 

Through skits, teaching sessions and personal testimonies we talked about concepts from When Helping Hurts, a book about healthy poverty alleviation and community development. We met fellow Christians and learned about the front line work  they do with Syrian  refugees. Many of them want to be missionaries to surrounding countries. 

Your prayers and financial support helped facilitate this important meeting.

Shokran! 

 

Team Egypt, update four

Egypt is a land of contrasts... Within the same city you can find one of the biggest malls in the world, and nearby a slum where people who manage the city's trash live. On one street corner you find an imposing mosque, a constant reminder of the stronghold Islam has over this country, but nearby, meeting secretly in an inconspicuous apartment is a gathering of saints who are lights in the darkness. 

Our ministry with this precious group of people continued today in a retreat center in the outskirts of Cairo. The leaders who oversee this large network of believers (over 400!) coordinated a "Day of Faith" conference for some of these families. About 30 adults and 30 children were in attendance and our team facilitated activities for both groups.  Philip taught on Biblical principles for marriage, and Janet and Kristen taught on prayer and journaling. The rest of the team did various activities with children ages 3-16. 

It was an honor to spend time and learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ who are willing to give so much for their faith. May we have the same boldness. 

Remember   the missionaries who were caught in between a tribal-army conflict in Sudan? Dr Hany informed us that that night they heard a loud explosion in the distance, but there were no planes or tanks in the area. They later learned that neither side had caused the explosion, but both heard it and fled believing the othet side had acquired mortars! The missionaries were able escape to safety that night...and God gets all the glory.

Thank you for your continued prayers!