REACH: Missions

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Reach LogoOne of our core values at The Crossing is that we were created to make a difference. Our strategy for doing this involves partnerships both locally and around the world. Over the last fifteen years God has used people like you to make a massive difference in Las Vegas and far beyond our borders. We believe that in 2016 God is calling us to do more by showing compassion and fighting injustices, both around the world and in our own backyard. Together we can lock arms with God and one another to serve beyond ourselves, beyond our walls and beyond our borders.

In 2016 we will have two quarterly serve day opportunities for hundreds of you to get involved. We will continue to partner with local organizations to make a difference right here in our community, and we will be offering over twenty trips for you to help serve our partners around the globe. It is our hope that 10% of you will go on a cross-cultural trip and that 50% of you will engage in service with our local partners on campus or in our community.

We were created to make a difference. Let us serve alongside each other to help transform our community and our world.

Mission Trips

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2016 TRIPS – REGISTRATION

Philippines

Philippines

Millions around the world do not have access to medical and dental care like we do in the United States. Partnering with Pastor Pit and his wife Linda, The Crossing wants to take a step towards providing healthcare solutions and meeting the needs of those who otherwise may not have access to basic medical care.
Based in Silang, the team will be working with Philippine Missionary Institute and the Conservative Baptist Association to provide medical attention to poor and under-resourced families. Team members will be involved in medical check ups (vital signs, etc.), health consultation, and dispensing of medicines. Specific medical and dental clinic information will be added once the final team is set. Other opportunities for evangelism and working with children will also be part of this trip.
Trip Dates:
May 11 – 20, 2016

Trip Cost:
$1399

Trip Leaders:
Matt & Johanna Biel

Trip Rating:
Intermediate

Ideal For:
Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Medical & Dental Assistants, as well as those who have a passion for the Philippines and working with children.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Mexico - May

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Homes of Hope, a ministry of YWAM just across the border near Tijuana, Mexico, has been providing a hand up for families for the last 25 years. The Crossing has been partnering with them and Crossing missionary Alfonso Sanchez to build homes for the last 7 years. In total The Crossing has built 28 homes so far.

Join us on one of our weekend trips in 2016. Teams will build a home side by side with the families. We will help provide a way for these families to change the course of their lives and experience God’s love through your hands. This is the perfect opportunity for someone traveling on their first mission trip.

Ireland

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Working with church planter Dermot O’Mahony, The Crossing will be sending a team to Limerick, Ireland to partner with Elevate Community Church and their on-going outreach to the city. After decades of bad press and public relations, the church in Ireland is not very popular; however Elevate is working to change that.

The team from The Crossing will be helping establish Elevate as a new kind of church, one designed around community and serving others. During the week the team will help to refurbish classrooms in local schools, and visit different local partners that Dermot and his team have an ongoing relationship with. REGISTRATION CLOSED

Trip Dates:
June 9 – 17

Trip Cost:
$1749

Trip Leader:
Lee & Tanya Coate

Trip Rating:
Intermediate

Ideal For:
Anyone 21+

Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation

In a region where Christians are often disdained for their faith, Pastor JR and House of Joy Church are working in Black Mesa, Arizona to make a difference for God in the surrounding Navajo communities. Individuals and families are encouraged to join us as we work side by side with our Native American brothers and sisters.

Each day the team will be split up into different groups to serve on a variety of projects from small construction sites to an after school kids club. Every night the team will have the chance to visit outlying communities as evening worship services are held for remote parts of the Navajo Nation. The team traveling to Black Mesa will be able to immerse themselves in the history, culture and traditions of the Navajo people making this a unique cross-cultural experience for new and experienced travelers alike.

Trip Dates:
June 19 – 24

Trip Cost:
$549

Trip Leaders:
Phil Hoover
Joell Carter

Trip Rating:
Beginner

Ideal For:
Families, Individuals, Children’s Ministry workers and anyone who wants to help with some manual labor.

Registration Closes:
May 15

Taiwan

Taiwan

For the fourth year in a row we are partnering with Team Expansion’s missionaries working throughout Taiwan. The Crossing will be sending a team to help facilitate the fun of the popular Sports and English Camp. This camp has helped change hundreds of lives and started house churches all over the island of Taiwan.

No experience is necessary to lead Sports or English classes. The week long camp is not only fun for the campers, but a great way for staff to grow closer to God and build friendships with the students. In a country that is known for regimented study and excessive workloads, students are expected to perform at the highest level. Sports and English Camp provides a safe place for students to hang out and be with their friends, all while spending time learning more about Christianity and having fun. You will have Taiwanese friends for life after this exceptional experience. Sign up now!

Trip Dates:
July 9 – 17

Trip Cost:
$1999

Trip Leaders:
Dominique Salazar & Joel Adams

Trip Rating:
Beginner

Ideal For:
Young Adults

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Colombia

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Over 130 children from the Compassion International project in Pueblacito, Colombia are sponsored by families and individuals at
The Crossing! Sign up today for your chance to visit your sponsor child, and see the project that our weekend offerings helped construct. With millions of children sponsored around the globe, a Compassion Project is incredible to visit and work alongside. The team traveling will help with kids camps, community development projects, and possibly classroom painting.

Pueblacito is a small rural community that does not receive a lot of outside visitors. The July trip is a very strategic and important visit to provide an added boost to the Compassion Project, as this will be the only mission team that visits the entire year. Please consider joining us as we serve not only the sponsor children from our church, but the entire community of Pueblacito in July.

Trip Dates:
July 12 – 18

Trip Cost:
$2599

Trip Leader:
Amy Carter

Trip Rating:
Beginner

Ideal For:
Compassion International Child sponsors in Colombia

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Peru

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Las Vegas Resident and Crossing attendee, Iliana Bustios, has been working in the barrios of Peru making a difference in the lives of young adults. Partnering with teams from The Crossing, as well as other churches and organizations, Iliana and her team are seeing lives changed and transformed through consistent relationships and investment in gang ridden neighborhoods and communities.

The team from The Crossing will work hand in hand with Hope for Youth, a non-profit based in Huanchaco, Peru, to help continue to influence the lives of young adults towards community and away from the influence of the streets. Projects will be relational, resulting in the trip having an impact on both the traveler and the community of Huanchaco.

Trip Dates:
July 29 – August 9

Trip Cost:
$1999

Trip Leaders:
Don & Charlotte Graves

Trip Rating:
Beginner

Ideal For:
Couples, Singles, Young Adults, High School Seniors

Registration Closes:
May 31

Poland

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Since 1990 Proem Ministries has been working all throughout Poland to help share a message that has long been forgotten. With less than 50,000 Evangelical Christians in the whole country, there are plenty of opportunities for ministry. Proem has been effectively planting churches and running camps for years.

Following in the footsteps of Canyon Ridge and Verve Church here in Las Vegas, The Crossing will be sending a team to Poland to work with Pastor Rafal and his team during a Mixer Summer Camp for elementary school students. The Mixer Summer Camp includes a variety of sports, English, Bible, and other arts-based activities each day.

Trip Dates:
August 5-15

Trip Cost:
$1499

Trip Leaders:
Max Moubarek

Trip Rating:
Intermediate

Ideal For:
People who love people and want to serve students.

Registration Closes:
May 31

First Timer's Trip

Dominican Republic

The Crossing is committed to helping people discover Jesus and the journey. We want to be a place that provides opportunities for people to step out and serve. We value exposing church attendees to global needs and how God is working around the world. Two of the greatest factors keeping people from experiencing what God is doing in our world is fear and finances. We want to help address both of those.

Thanks to generous donors in the church who want everyone to go on a mission trip, we offer what we call a “First Time Mission Trip.” The trip designed for everyone who has never traveled on a mission trip to experience missions in context together. In order to encourage participation we underwrite a huge portion of the costs so that travelers are basically only paying for airfare. All other expenses will be covered by The Crossing.

This year we will have 2 trips back to back going to Santiago Dominican Republic to work with Hope House International orphanage and some of their community partners. Travelers will prepare for the trip working through training sessions related to Global poverty. During the trip the team will do a variety of projects like orphan care, construction, kids camp and community outreaches.

Trip Dates:
August 6 – 11 REGISTRATION CLOSED
August 13 – 18

Trip Cost:
$699

Trip Leaders:
Benji Zimmerman
Kelsey Moubarek
Brian Dallimore

Trip Rating:
Beginner

Ideal For:
Anyone wanting to experience a mission trip for the very first time.

Registration closes:
April 30

Ghana

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Throughout Ghana illness and disease spreads due to a lack of understanding of healthy hygiene practices. Through your help we will be able to provide education and training to individuals throughout Ghana on how to live a healthier life. The relationally driven trip provides an ideal opportunity for first time and experienced travelers alike to help make an impact and build relationships with the Ghanaian people.

Partnering with City of Refuge and The African Internship Training Center, a team from The Crossing will travel to various locations throughout Ghana to teach community health education and facilitate projects at an orphanage for rescued boys.

Trip Dates:
August 7 – 16

Trip Cost:
$2199

Trip Leaders:
David Diers

Trip Rating:
Intermediate/Advanced

Ideal For:
Medical Professionals, Educators, Men & Children’s ministry workers.

Registration Closes:
April 30

Mexico - September

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Homes of Hope, a ministry of YWAM just across the border near Tijuana, Mexico, has been providing a hand up for families for the last 25 years. The Crossing has been partnering with them and Crossing missionary Alfonso Sanchez to build homes for the last 7 years. In total The Crossing has built 28 homes so far.

Join us on one of our weekend trips in 2016. Teams will build a home side by side with the families. We will help provide a way for these families to change the course of their lives and experience God’s love through your hands. This is the perfect opportunity for someone traveling on their first mission trip.

Cuba

CubaPartnering with Honoring the Father Ministries, travelers to Cuba will work with Pastors and Baseball coaches to provide life skills and training on a multitude of subjects. The Crossing partners with HTF to support 7 full time pastors in the area of Cienfuegos Cuba. The team traveling to Cuba will help equip these pastors and other church leaders on subjects like Microsoft Office, personal finance, Bible study, etc.

Trip Dates:
November 2016, exact dates TBD

Trip Cost:
$1249*

Trip Leader:
Azim Jessa
Greg Rehwaldt

Trip Rating:
Intermediate

Ideal For:

Businessmen & Businesswomen, Entrepreneurs, & Baseball Fans.
*Registration does not include airfare to and from Miami International Airport. We are happy to help book travel at the additional cost.

India

India BannerPartnering with Mid-India Christian Mission, a team will travel in the Fall of 2016 to India to serve our partners.

Trip Dates:
November TBD

Trip Cost:
$2699

Trip Leaders:
Claudia Widhalm
Laura Balch

Trip Rating:
Intermediate

Ideal For:
Adults 18+ with a variety of talents needed

2016 Trip Payments & Donations

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Serve Days

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In 2016 we will be offering 2 different Serve Day weekends. Visit the weekends below and learn more about how you can partner here in Las Vegas to make an impact in our community.

 

TBD 2016

We will be having a church wide serve day with our partners WestCare!  More information available soon.

Local Partners

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Plug-in and connect with one of our local partners to help make a difference in our community by serving with them on a regular basis.

Calvary Downtown Outreach

Calvary Downtown OutreachLocated off East Sahara, Calvary Downtown Outreach (CDO) has been meeting needs and serving families for over 15 years in one of the poorest areas of Las Vegas. Every week a team of volunteers stocks and serves at the food pantry. The 3rd Saturday of every month The Crossing is partnering with CDO to provide help necessary for their weekly meal, outreach and service. For more information please contact The Crossing’s project coordinator Jeff Porter.

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Casa de Luz

Casa De LuzCasa de Luz is a community resource center operating in the neighborhood known as The Naked City (one of Las Vegas’ poorest neighborhoods, located behind the Stratosphere). Since opening its doors in August 2009, Casa de Luz has distributed hundreds of thousands of pounds of groceries to hungry families, helped usher in a dramatic reduction in neighborhood crime rates, and assisted kids and adults in turning their lives around. All through the constant, loving presence of light and hope. Casa de Luz has many opportunities to volunteer throughout the week and on the weekends. For more information on volunteering contact Casa’s volunteer coordinator Briana Mackey.

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The Cupcake Girls

The Cupcake GirlsThe Cupcake Girls exist to bring respect, resources, and relationship to women in the adult entertainment industry. They have working relationships with over 20 strip clubs in Las Vegas, 9 in Portland, and 5 brothels in Nevada. They have weekly support groups to help each woman discover her value, set goals, and build community with one another. In addition, they host special events for women in the industry. These events give them the opportunity to meet new women, connect on a deeper level, and help build relationships outside of the workplace. The Crossing has been partnering with The Cupcake Girls for the last 3 years by providing female volunteers and financial support as they share love and the occasional cupcake to women in the adult entertainment industry. For more information on how you can partner with The Cupcake Girls send them a message below.

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Family Promise

Family PromiseFamily Promise is a community response to homelessness in Las Vegas. The ongoing partnership between Family Promise and other faith based organizations provide homeless families in transition the opportunity to achieve housing stability by providing short term shelter, meals, case management and hospitality.

Every year The Crossing partners with Family Promise to host families on The Crossing’s campus 4 times per year. For an entire week, volunteers serve families by providing overnight housing and meals during a time of transition. They spend the days interviewing for jobs, attending classes, and making the adjustment to a more stable future.

Upcoming The Crossing Host Weeks:
May 22 – 29
August 14 – 21
November 6 – 13

For more information on volunteering to be an overnight host or preparing a meal please contact The Crossing’s Project coordinator Michelle Coleman.

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Fight Church

Fight ChurchFight Church is the premier ministry to Combat Sports! MMA is the fastest growing sport on the planet, making it one of the largest opportunities for ministry around the globe. Fight Church is not a brick and mortar building where people gather, but rather a launching pad based in Las Vegas, sending hope out all over the world. In 2015, we look forward to partnering with Fight Church by continuing to provide financial support and volunteers for events. If you have an interest in Mixed Martial Arts, make sure to connect with Fight Church and help them encourage and inspire people in and out of the cage to fight for what matters most in their lives!

For more information on how you can partner with Fight Church please contact Josh Boyd.

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Project 150

Project 150In December, 2011 when the founders of Project 150 heard about 150 homeless high school students at Rancho High School in Las Vegas that were in need of support over the Christmas Break. Burdened to do something, they raised money and tangible goods for these teens. The success of the event opened doors to help reach other homeless teens. Over the last 4 years the effort has expanded to helping over 1,900 teens in 43 high schools when it was understood that the problems these students faced were prevalent across the valley.

A new partner this year, find out more on how you can volunteer by contacting Shaun at Project 150.

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Refuge for Women

Refuge for WomenRefuge for Women believes in redeeming, restoring and empowering women to walk into their futures without letting the past define them. Based in Kentucky, Refuge for Women is expanding all over the country. The Crossing is partnering with them while they work to open a new facility right here in Las Vegas. Refuge for Women is a 3-phase faith-based program that lasts 12 months. A safe place has been created for guests to experience healing with few distractions. The key aspects of the Refuge for Women program are sobriety, healing from trauma, rebuilding trust, and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ.

For more information on how you can support Refuge for Women or to get involved in please contact Margaret Nitzel.

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Young Life Southwest Las Vegas

Young LifeYoung Life does not start with a program, it starts with adults who are concerned enough about the kids to go to them, on their turf, and in their culture; building bridges of authentic friendship, and earning the right to be heard.

Partner with Jason Waugh as he and his team of volunteers invest in students in area schools in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley. Jason and his team are working to help students understand their worth, meaning and purpose by genuinely caring about the joys, triumphs, heartaches, and setbacks.

Connect with Jason and learn more about how to partner with his team by contacting him below.

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Youth With a Mission Las Vegas

YWAM Las VegasSimon & Martha Odele, along with their sons Loren & Caleb have been on staff with YWAM since 2000. Spending 7 years working in their home country of Uganda before a few years in South Africa. In 2010, The Odeles transitioned to Las Vegas, where Simon now serves as the Discipleship Training School director. With a passion for sharing the gospel and walking alongside others through discipleship, the Odele’s are helping others on the journey towards a deepening relationship with God.

Connect with Simon on ways you can serve with YWAM Las Vegas.

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Church Planting

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What better way for life change to happen than in the context of the local church. The Crossing Church is generously committed to donating finances and empowering people to start and serve new churches around the world. After our 10 for 10 Initiative to start or build 10 churches in 2010, we have continued to move forward with new church partnerships around the globe. In 2015 we will be steadfast in seeking new ways to support launching church plants, and empowering our current church planting partners.

Colombia

Colombia BannerIn the summer of 2014, The Crossing, in partnership with Stadia & Compassion International, funded the building of a new church in Pueblocita. The church is also the site for Compassion Project 775. In the fall of 2014, over 100 children were sponsored in Pueblocita. In 2016, The Crossing will partner with Stadia to help fund 50% of another Compassion Project Church in Colombia!

Relentless Church

Relentless ChurchPastor Joe Pena left Montana with a dream of reaching the unchurched of Las Vegas. With a passion for evangelism and life, Joe has connected with the people of Summerlin and in 2015 Relentless Church was launched at Regal Cinema in Downtown Summerlin with over 250 people! We have been partnering with Joe prior to launch and will continue to partner with him into the future because we are passionate about seeing everyone in the Las Vegas Valley come to know Jesus, whether through our ministries or another!

Elevate Church

Elevate ChurchFormer Crossing Staff member Kurt Pflegl left Las Vegas in 2014 with the vision of reaching people for Christ in San Luis Obispo, California. Along with a team of people from Las Vegas and SLO, Elevate launched in 2015 and we are already hearing great things about what God is doing in the lives of people because of Elevate!

Salt Christian Church

Salt Christian ChurchFounded in 2013, Salt Christian Church in Layton Utah is working to share Jesus to those in the Davis County area. The Crossing has been partnered with Pastor Brent Captain and his team since their opening weekend.

Stadia

StadiaStadia is church planting organization that believes that every child deserves a church and a place to experience life change. For years The Crossing and Stadia have partnered together to launch churches in the US, Ecuador and Colombia.

Global Partners

Global Partners

One of The Crossing’s core values states: partnerships promote unity and impact. Every year financial support given to The Crossing is distributed to missionaries around the globe to help empower life change and ministry support. Learn more about the missionaries The Crossing partners with.

Agape International Missions

AIM BannerAgape International Missions (AIM) in Svay Pak, Cambodia has this goal: fight trafficking, restore victims, and transform communities. After years of ministry growth, AIM has expanded to multiple Rahab’s House community centers, a Lord’s Gym that reaches pimps and traffickers, AIM Employment Center (AEC) that gives young women a career in textiles, and a network of Cambodian Churches that are now educated about the issue they didn’t even see back when AIM first started rescuing children. AIM equips churches to fight trafficking in Cambodia and now in the US with AIM Anti-Trafficking Training.

Michael & Amanda Braisted

Braisted BannerMichael and Amanda, along with their children Landon, Nohemi, & Levi have been in the Dominican Republic for the last 9 years. In 2014, after 8 years on staff with G.O. Ministries they felt it was time to step out and start and orphanage for the thousands upon thousands of abandoned Dominican children. A new partner this year, the Braisteds are committed to rescue and restore as many children as possible. In the past 2 years The Crossing has sent over 25 students and leaders to partner with the Braisted’s on this mission.

Russell & Sydney Bridges

BridgesRuss and Sydney Bridges work in Yangon, Myanmar. Partnering with The Crossing to serve in Southeast Asia for over 8 years, they are area leaders over 16 teams in Thailand and Myanmar. The focus of the Bridges ministry is to mobilize teams that initiate church planting movements among unreached people groups in partnership with local churches throughout the region.

Iliana Bustios

Iliana BannerIn 2014, former Crossing staff member, Iliana Bustios stepped out in faith and moved to Trujillo Peru to serve alongside the women and teens in the barrios of Trujillo. Iliana’s passion for relationships and commitment to the Peruvian people have helped her thrive over the last 2 years while serving. For the last 3 years The Crossing has sent teams down to serve in the barrios and we will have 17 people traveling down to work with Iliana again in August.

Chad & Alicia Edwards

Chad AliciaChad and Alicia, along with their three children, Caitlyn, Allyson and Cole, have been working for over eighteen years spreading the Gospel among the Chinese people in Taiwan. Much of their time and efforts are spent discipling people to follow Jesus, and teaching them to be disciple makers. God has opened doors to partner with local Christians in producing English videos, using the Bible, for public schools. The Edwards and their team continue to develop a growing youth camp that reaches out to hundreds of youth every summer.

Honoring the Father Ministries

Honoring the fatherPartnering with Pastor Rafael and former Major League Baseball player Jonathan Johnson, The Crossing supports a total of 7 different pastors and church leaders in Cienfuegos Cuba. Over the last few years over 16,000 people have been baptized and almost 100,000 people have heard the good news of Jesus Christ through Honoring the Father Ministries.

David & Sheila Lall

David and Sheila LallDavid and Sheila Lall started their full time ministry work in December 1982. Through their ministry in Indian villages, they have planted 250+ Churches and House Churches, and have built 37 Church buildings. They have also started a secular college offering graduate degrees, and a special school (Oasis Of Love) for children of this region with special needs

Chenaniah & Laura Magele

Chenaniah LauraChenaniah and Laura are missionaries working with YWAM based in Perth, Australia. A majority of their time is spent in different developing nations throughout Africa and Asia. Chenaniah leads outreach teams that focus on using worship and music as an outlet to reach people and share the gospel with them. Laura works primarily as a volunteer midwife in busy government hospitals and rural village clinics. They are currently in South Africa running a music program that teaches local children from the slums how to play instruments and sing. After this, they will head to India to work with a team of student midwives.

Seth & Megan Philip

Seth MeganSeth and Megan moved to Japan in 2010 to “preach the gospel where Christ has not yet been named” (Romans 15:20). They have been involved in urban church planting and currently serve at Mustard Seed Christian Church in Osaka, Japan, which they helped plant in 2011. They have two children, Asher and Phoebe.

Alfonso & Claudia Sanchez

SanchezYWAM San Diego/Baja was started in October 1991 by Sean and Janet Lambert. Their vision was to mobilize groups that wanted to serve the needs of the poor both practically and spiritually.

One organization that started out of this vision was Homes of Hope. In the last 15 years, HOH has helped to build and provide homes to over 2,000 families. The Crossing has partnered with YWAM and HOH to build over 30 homes in the last 7 years. Through the bi-annual process of building homes we have built a relationship with Alfonso & Claudia Sanchez. The Crossing has been financially supporting Fonzy’s work as a builder in the Homes of Hope program.

I have made you a light for the world, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth. – Acts 13:47

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