Helping People Discover Jesus and The Journey
Reach missions exists to help fulfill our mission locally, nationally, and globally. Learn more about how we work toward our mission through REACH Trips, Local Serving Opportunities, Global Partnerships, Local Partnerships, and Church Planters.
REACH Trips – Trips designed to help you learn about and engage our world.
We were all created to make a difference
Here at The Crossing we firmly believe that every person was created with a unique set of gifts and talents. We want to provide you with opportunities to use those unique traits to make a difference in the lives of others locally, nationally, and globally.
We partner with missionaries and organizations who fight injustice through different avenues such as planting churches, starting orphanages, fighting against sex trafficking, developing communities, starting schools, and feeding the hungry. We want to provide opportunities for people here in Las Vegas to travel to the places where our missionary partners are to learn what God is doing through them. Join us on one of our REACH trips this year to learn about and engage with what God is doing around the world.
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 YWAM and missionary, Alfonso Sanchez, to build homes for the last 10 years. In total, The Crossing has helped to build over 40 homes.
Join us on one of our weekend trips in 2017. Teams will build a home side by side with the families they are being built for. 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 a perfect opportunity for someone traveling on their first mission trip.
March 9-11, 2018
Ages 8+ w/ Parent
APPLICATION DEADLINE – January 1, 2018
Questions? Email Loran Lichty
May 4-6, 2018
Ages 8+ w/ Parent
APPLICATION DEADLINE – February 15, 2018
In 2005 Don & Bridget Brewster moved to Cambodia to start an organization that would be a light in an area that has been dealing with sex trafficking. Since those first days, Agape International Missions (AIM) has grown to be recognized worldwide and is making an incredible impact on the communities they serve.
In 2013, The Crossing began partnering with AIM both financially and through mission teams sent each year. Teams will facilitate Kids’ Activities with kids in the community, participate in Bible Studies and workshops with the students and leadership of Rehab’s House Church, and join in an outreach to the brick factories in the area.
February 15 – 24, 2018
Trip Open To:
APPLICATION DEADLINE – October 1, 2017
Trip Leader: Mark Graham | 702-947-2080
Missions Assistant: Tyler Shaheen | 702-947-2080
Iliana Bustios moved to Peru from Las Vegas about 3 years ago to work in Huanchaco, Peru so that she could make a difference in the lives of teens and young adults. The Crossing partners with Iliana and her team to see lives changed and transformed through consistent relationships and investment in gang-ridden neighborhoods and communities. The team from The Crossing will work with Hope for Youth, a nonprofit based in Huanchaco, Peru, to go through Bible studies, play games, build relationships, and help out in the new Hope for Youth ministry center. We want to support Iliana and her team so that they can help continue influencing the lives of young adults towards community and away from the influence of the streets.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP?
The Crossing firmly believes in providing opportunities for individuals to learn more about what God is doing around the world. We are committed to offering trips and service projects for you to see firsthand what ministry looks like in Peru and how you can actively contribute to serving others globally and locally. Our hope is that you will be compelled to change something within your lifestyle at home after this experience and make a greater impact locally and globally.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
The team from The Crossing will spend time in Huanchaco be a part of devotionals, teaching lessons, spending time around a bonfire and building relationships there with Iliana and the young adults in the community. While in Huanchaco, some of the mornings would be spent with kids at a detention center and the evenings with kids at the youth center. We would also spend a few days as a team up in the mountains with a small community doing outreach, learning, and relationship building. This trip is highly relational, immersive, and provides a fantastic opportunity to engage cross-culturally.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?
- Must attend The Crossing or live in Las Vegas with the ability to attend team meetings.
- Pre-mission trip experience is NOT required.
- Open to anyone 12+ (12-18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)
- Must have a passport 60 days prior to departure.
March 1-10, 2018
Trip Open To:
Ages 12+ with parent
APPLICATION DEADLINE – November 1, 2017
Questions regarding the Mission Trip? Email Tyler Shaheen | (859) 625-2555
Over 150 children from the Compassion International project in Pueblacito, Colombia are sponsored by families and individuals at The Crossing! Pueblacito is a small rural community that does not receive a lot of outside visitors. The April trip is a unique opportunity to encourage and work alongside local leaders of the Compassion Project that The Crossing has helped support.
This trip is an opportunity for you to visit your sponsor child that lives in Colombia. Compassion will organize travel arrangements for you to spend a fun day with the child you support, and you will also have the opportunity to see one of the projects that our weekend offerings contributed to. With millions of children sponsored by Compassion International around the globe, any Compassion Project is incredible to visit and work alongside. The team traveling with help with kids camps, community development projects, and relationship building.
April 14-21, 2018
Trip Open To:
Open to anyone 12+ (12-16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
Questions? Email Iman Fagan | (702) 947-2080
Mexico - Middle School
New this year we will be offering a 4day trip to Tijuana for Middle School students. Over 3 days the students will work together to help build a home for a family near Tijuana. The trip is priced uniquely for students and we are anticipating registration to fill up quickly.
Partnering with Homes of Hope, The Crossing has been offering family and individual trips for the last 7 years. Constructing 25 homes and counting, we value the partnerships we have established with Homes of Hope & Youth With a Mission. This trip is the perfect opportunity for students to be exposed to global poverty and what short-term missions are about.
March 26-29, 2018
Trip Open To:
Middle School Students Only
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 1, 2018
Questions? Email Robert Brazile | (702) 947-2080
Ireland - High School
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 ongoing 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 a community and serving others. During the week the team will help to refurbish classrooms in local schools and visit different local partners that Dermott and his team have an ongoing relationship with. Space is limited, register today.
March 24-31, 2018
Trip Open To:
High School Students Only
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Questions? Email Nicki Verbil | (702) 947-2080
WHY ARE WE GOING?
There are still thousands of families displaced because of hurricane Harvey and they will be in need of helping hands for many months ahead. The Crossing is sending another team to Houston to work with New Hope Church in their efforts to recover their city after the destruction from the flooding. The trip cost is $300 and will cover all of your expenses (airfare, lodging, food, and transportation). Our team will be staying at New Hope Church on cots and sent out each day to work in the community as directed by the team at New Hope.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Team members will be working with different organizations on the ground in Houston to assist with recovery efforts by doing construction, demolition, and distribution of goods. This trip will be heavily focused on manual labor so we ask those who sign up to be in good health and able to work for 3 consecutive days. Join us to serve those in Houston by helping restore homes in their city.
Trip Open To:
Age group 16+ (Under 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian)
NOTE: Trip space is very limited, sign up early. If the trip fills up, please sign up on the waitlist to be notified of open spots and future trips.
Questions? Email: Tyler Shaheen | 702-947-2080
One of the most important actions we’re called to do is love. We have the opportunity to extend love to local organizations we partner with and the people they assist by serving alongside and supporting them to continue the work of developing the Las Vegas valley.
Our local partners are in need of individuals and volunteer groups on a weekly basis, so we have conveniently listed those for you on our Group Serve page linked below. These organizations would love to have you or your group come serve. All of them are primed and ready to receive a phone call from the leader and set up a Serve Project. If you can’t think of a specific project you’d like to do…simply schedule a time to take a tour of that organization. Once you’re there, you’ll be able to hear about the great work they’re doing and identify ways you can serve.
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.
Located 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.
Calvary Downtown Outreach seeks to meet needs and serve families in one of the poorest areas of Las Vegas. Every week they operate a food pantry that serves over 3000 individuals annually. Calvary Downtown Outreach works to spread the Gospel through teaching, bible study, and weekly outreach events.
Serve During Saturday Outreach
Who: Ages 10+, Small Groups,
When: Saturdays from 9:00am-2:30pm
What: Set up, prepare, and serve a BBQ meal to those in need. Attendees will participate in live worship, bible study, and prayer. They also have the opportunity to receive referrals to local support services.
Who: Adults, Small Groups
What: On Tuesdays, over 2,500 pounds of food is picked up at various locations around the valley and brought to the Food Pantry. Once there, it is unloaded and sorted in preparation for our weekly distribution. The Food Pantry operates from 10:00am to 2:00am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. During this time, those in need are provided with food and have an opportunity for prayer.
What: non-perishable food, toiletries, and clothing
Theresa Hicks | 702-474-3030
Casa de Luz (House of Light) is a Christian community resource center located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas’s Gateway Neighborhood (Also known as the Naked City).The Gateway Neighborhood is 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, opened community gardens, helped usher in a dramatic reduction in neighborhood crime rates, and assisted kids and adults in taking next steps spiritually, vocationally, and personally. All through the constant, loving presence of light and hope. Casa’s good work has resulted in a happier, healthier, more productive neighborhood and helped to break the cycles of crime, poverty, and abuse.
Serve at Casa de Luz
What: Casa de Luz operates a food bank Monday-Wednesday. They need assistance sorting, preparing bags, and distributing food. Casa participates in weekly outreaches to the local neighborhood (typically on Saturday mornings, but other days/times can be arranged.). Outreach includes distributing food overages from the food bank, passing out information related to Casa and its services, community BBQs, and laundry service.
What: Non-perishable food, laundry detergent, gardening supplies, school supplies
Pat Walter | 702-684-5866
Club Christ focuses on empowering urban youth to transform their communities for Christ. Through a combination of community-based educational programs, they send a second shift of educators to teach and mentor urban youth.
They know how to meet the needs facing the youth of Las Vegas because for the past 12 years Club Christ’s tutoring and mentoring programs have delivered. Their students typically see up to two times more growth in their reading scores than their peers, thanks to their innovative assessment and personal learning plans. Each child also develops a robust Biblical worldview with the help of fun and engaging Bible lessons. When students attend Club Christ, they get the best in teaching and mentoring— right where they live. Uniquely based out of apartment complexes, programs are accessible to at-risk youth to help them stay engaged academically and achieve their dreams of attending college.
Serve Club Christ
Who: Adults 18+
When: Weekday Afternoons
How: Whether you describe yourself as a student, parent, professional or retiree, there is a place for you to volunteer at Club Christ. Volunteers give just an hour and half a week to mentor a student through tutoring, Bible Study, and enrichment opportunities. Get involved helping an elementary student with homework or a teen with leadership development.
Angela Perlik | 702-530-3141
The 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.
The 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.
In order to best serve the varied needs of adult entertainers, The Cupcake Girls offers a range of both in-house services and referrals to external care providers to existing professionals and organizations that meet high standards and have proven themselves trustworthy working with the adult entertainment community. The Cupcake Girls participate in outreach to these women and women being trafficked in our community.
Serve The Cupcake Girls
Who: Adults, Women
What: The Cupcake Girls has a variety of volunteer needs ranging from event help, direct care, volunteer care, administrative assistance, outreaches and more. Visit The Cupcake Girls Volunteer Page for more information.
What: Packaged and sealed baking ingredients, quality brand makeup, makeup accessories, skin products, and hair care products, gift cards for groceries, craft stores and department stores, gift assembly products (gift bags, tissue paper, cards, stationary, etc.)
What: If you are interested in donating pro-bono or reduced-rate services, please contact The Cupcake Girls to discuss. They are always looking for new connections with lawyers, doctors, dentists, therapists, financial planners, CPAs, auto mechanics, and many other professional services.
The Cupcake Girls | 702-879-8195
Educate2Elevate seeks to elevate the community through providing education, building relationships, meeting basic needs, having fun, and most importantly sharing the gospel. They currently serve the Woodcreek Apartments in an unfortunately neglected, low-income neighborhood. Since July 2016, their community events have provided much-needed school supplies, basic needs, and love to this area. In fall 2017 they launched an after school program. This program offers kids a safe place to hang out, help with school work, life skills, and mentoring. Sometimes just having a place to belong goes a long way for our local kids.
Serve Educate2Elevate – Community Outreach
When: One Saturday a month, 5:00pm-7:00pm
What: They have a monthly outreach to an apartment complex in a low-income area of Las Vegas. They work with kids at the complex – snack time, music, a Bible lesson, games, and crafts.
After School Program
Details coming soon!
What: Snacks, art supplies, school supplies, backpacks
The mission of Family Promise of Las Vegas (link:www.familypromiselv.com) is to offer homeless families the opportunity to achieve housing stability by providing short term shelter, meals, case management, and hospitality. Family Promise is a cooperative effort that utilizes resources within local congregations and the community.
The Crossing partners with Family Promise to host families on The Crossing’s campus four times per year. For an entire week, volunteers serve families by providing overnight housing and meals during a time of transition. The families spend their days interviewing for jobs, attending classes, and making the adjustment to a more stable future.
Who: Anyone, Small Groups
When: Sunday-Saturday, meals delivered at 5:30pm
What: You will receive the total number of children and adults to be fed along with any dietary restrictions. Breakfast and sack lunches are to be delivered the day before. Breakfasts are a quick, simple meal (cereal, muffins, toast, juice, coffee) as guests must be ready to leave at 7:00am. The families will take their sack lunches with them each morning. Dinner is a hot meal prepared in your home and shared at The Crossing each night.
Who: Families or Adults 18+ (2 men, 2 women, or a married couple/family)
When: Sunday-Saturday Night, 5:00pm-7:00am
What: Two hosts spend one night at The Crossing. Overnight hosts spend time with guests, help older children with homework, and are available in case of emergency. They wake up guests at 6:00am.
What: kitchen items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, bedding, and more.
Tyler Shaheen | 702-947-2080
Hope for Prisoners encourages and imparts hope into ex-offenders. Hope comes alongside ex-offenders and their families to transform lives and systematically educate society in ways to engage and support them. The program is grounded in the belief that with the proper assistance, ex-offenders returning to the community can overcome the many barriers to successful living that the incarceration experience can create.
Serve Hope for Prisoners
Become a Mentor
What: HOPE for Prisoners is highly vested in the evidence-based practice of using well trained, volunteer mentors to provide the necessary emotional and social support for ex-offenders as they transition to community life. All clients are offered an opportunity to participate in their 18-month mentoring program. “Hopefuls” are assigned a team of mentors to help them set and reach goals and navigate the challenges faced during the reintegration process. Mentoring services are provided for a full year through one-on-one sessions, peer-to-peer contact, and ongoing support groups designed to provide support throughout the process of reintegration. All volunteer mentors complete a thorough screening and interview process and receive ongoing training throughout their time with their program.
Teach a Professional Development Class
List of Classes
What: HOPE for Prisoners offers a wide variety of professional development courses for ex-offenders in their mentorship program. If you are interested in teaching a course to the “Hopefuls” on time management, effective emails, communication, leadership, problem-solving, or any other relevant topic, please contact Hope for Prisoners firstname.lastname@example.org today.
In December 2011 the founders of Project 150(link:www.project150.org ) 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. Project 150 was created out of our community’s desire to help the over 2,500 homeless high school kids in the valley.
Project 150 offers support and services to homeless and disadvantaged high school students so they can have what they need to continue school and be successful in life.
Who: Aged 10+
What: Project 150 offers a wide variety of opportunities to serve (linked to Project 150 Volunteer PDF), including assistance in Betty’s Boutique, sorting donations, delivering items to local schools, and filling student requests for food, hygiene, and school supplies.
What: School supplies: pens, pencils, highlighters, paper, 3-5 subject spiral notebooks, notebook dividers, and calculators (from simplistic to scientific calculators), glue sticks, index cards, protractor & compass sets, USB flash drives, combination locks for lockers, backpacks
Food: juices, crackers, instant cup noodle soup, instant oatmeal, Jell-O, pudding, protein bars, pop-tarts, granola bars, chips – non-perishable items that can be carried, family meal essentials like rice, beans, pasta, sauces, condiments
Gently used or new Items: teen appropriate clothing
New Items: small fleece throws, underwear, undershirts, white socks, dress socks, bras, tank tops
Female Products: Personal female hygiene products, deodorants, other toiletries
Stacy Chapter | 702-721-7150
Refuge 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. Refuge for Women is a 3-phase program that lasts up to 12 months. A safe place has been created for residents to experience healing with few distractions. The key aspects of the Refuge for Women program are sobriety, healing from trauma, and rebuilding trust. Refuge for Women works with women rescued from human trafficking.
Serve Refuge for Women
Who: Adults, Women
What: Please note that only women may serve at the safe house(http://www.rfwlasvegas.org/safe-house-volunteers/). However, Refuge has a variety of volunteer needs ranging from event help, administrative assistance, prayer team and more. Visit the Refuge for Women Volunteer Page http://www.rfwlasvegas.org/partners/for more information.
What: toiletries, art supplies, beauty supplies, gift cards, etc. For a complete list of items needed to supply the safe house, visit the Refuge for Women needs page (http://www.rfwlasvegas.org/house-needs).
What: If you are interested in donating pro-bono or reduced-rate services, please contact Refuge for Women to discuss. They are always looking for new connections with lawyers, doctors, dentists, therapists, financial planners, CPAs, auto mechanics, and many other professional services.
Young 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. Young Life thinks the world of kids. They believe that kids deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults who come sharing that hope as well as fun and lasting friendships with kids. Young Life is also all about fun. From club and camp to Campaigners and other activities, teenagers will have a blast laughing, trying new things and being with their friends. Jason & Brooke Waugh, with 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.
Be a Young Life Leader
What: Leaders are committed to be involved with kids’ lives — from supporting them at their sporting events to listening to them talk about what’s important to them. Our leaders help kids consider the direction of their lives, and they offer hope for their future.
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.
Pastor Jeremy Bosma
In 2013, God began impressing upon the hearts of Pastors Jeremy and Lindsey Bosma to lead a life-giving church in the city of Las Vegas. The couple began dreaming of planting a church that would make a way for people to know Jesus and experience new life. Jeremy and Lindsey knew they could not take on this endeavor alone. They wholeheartedly believed that life and ministry were to be done with others.
On February 12, 2017, Avenue Church launched its first service at the Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus with 389 people in attendance. Avenue Church exists to make a way for people to know Jesus and experience a new life! We are a life-giving, multicultural, multigenerational church that will creatively and effectively reach people for Jesus Christ.
In 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!
Pastor Brandon Watts
Epiphany Church is a multi-ethnic church plant in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY. Brandon Watts was on the move quite a bit through his youth – with a father in the military, Brandon and his family changed residences various times before finally settling in New Jersey. As a young adult, he and his wife Ty met in New York, moved to the Pennsylvania suburbs and were settled comfortably with their two sons, Jaden and Jeremy before God decided that once again it was time for a change. Brandon began attending and serving at Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia in 2010, and in 2013 the Lord birthed and crystallized his plan to leave his corporate job, move his family into the city, and begin raising support as a church plant resident under the elders of Epiphany.
Once God made it clear that the target area of his ministry would be Brooklyn, Brandon, his wife and others began to walk the streets and pray over the area. He finally sensed a calling to the neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, and after being officially ordained in 2015, he and his family made another move, this time to Brooklyn. With a missionary mindset, Brandon’s daily quest is to impact the local community through the love of Christ. His passions include preaching the gospel, shepherding his family and church, and seeing the inner city transformed by the message of Jesus.
Pastor 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!
Justin Moxley – Stadia
Growing up in a rural church, serving in a mega church and leading a new church, Justin has been involved in nearly all aspects of the church and church planting. As the Planter Development Executive for Stadia, his team helps new churches launch with the right visionary point leaders and the right supporting environments, so they can have the greatest impact possible. Justin is on the teaching team of his local church, has served as an adjunct professor and currently serves on the board of a local non-profit. He has been married to Tiffany for over 20 years, has a son Zane and a daughter Savannah. He loves the beach, Kansas City BBQ, and watching his kids play soccer.
For more information, please check out his work:
Stadia Church Planting
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) 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 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 the rescue and restore of 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.
Russ 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.
In 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 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.
Partnering 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 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 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 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.
YWAM 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