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Africa Advent, The Projects: All of the projects we take part in are designed to empower the local church in Africa. We believe in the local pastors and congregations we work with, and we see God doing amazing things in their communities. We also believe that the work of God in the church in Africa will continue to shape the nature and makeup of God’s global church, and we’re excited about that!
The tools we use to empower local pastors in and around the Congo are:
Bikes: Bikes help pastors reach their people who live in rural areas, they also help pastors take their crops to market and provide family-sustaining income. Regional leaders (“Superintendents”) receive motorbikes, which help them effectively reach and support the pastors they are responsible for - these wheels multiply the impact of local pastors!
Bibles: Most of the folks we work with don’t have a Bible in their ‘heart language.’ We want to change that! A local language Bible isn’t just a preaching and devotional tool for local congregations (though it is that!); we’ve seen these Bibles used as tools to help provide literacy training to local villagers.
Buildings: We have built, completed, or roofed well over 100 churches in and around the Congo. That’s great, but the real magic isn’t the building itself. Every time we’ve put up a church building, we’ve seen the local pastors fill it with people, often before construction is even complete - and that’s what it’s all about!
Trainings: We truly believe that the African church is playing a crucial role in the global Christian church, and we only see that role increasing in the future. By providing pastoral training, we’re making a direct investment into the future of God’s Global church!
The Local Option: Every year, we’ve had one ‘local option’ related to Africa Advent offerings. This year we are focusing on the issue of affordable housing. Crosspoint had a team of folks dreaming and praying about how we could help address our area’s affordable housing needs, while we were stalling and struggling with next steps, the Lord brought us a trusted partner. Our friends at Gregg Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church are breaking ground on their third (and largest to date) affordable housing project. We are delighted to work with Rev. Cecil Williams and his team as they address a crucial need for our community, in the name of Jesus, with the church community at the wheel!
How to Give:
you can give to our Africa Advent offerings anytime using the Crosspoint App, the website, or the buckets or baskets in the back of your worship venues. In the app and website, you’ll be able to designate your gifts for the Africa projects (bikes, Bibles, buildings, trainings) or the local project (Affordable Housing with Gregg Chapel).
Christmas Gift Programs:
Bluewater Bay, Freeport, North Crestview:
The Star Tree: This year Crosspoint is running a pilot program with our friends at Northwest Florida Health. We are providing gifts for 200 local children who are involved in the child welfare system. Some of these kids are in foster homes, some are in group homes, and some are in supervised relative placements. Case management staff and caregivers have worked together to find out what these kids are asking for this Christmas - and we, the church, are going to help provide those things!
If you’d like to participate in the star tree, you can pick up a star on this campus between November 8 and November 23. Each star represents one child, so we are not offering any digital or remote way to engage in the process this year. The star includes instructions on what each child wants, their age, gender, and clothing sizes. They also include general instructions on what to bring or not bring and encouragement to pray for the family your star represents.
All Star Tree gifts must be returned to your campus by November 30. We will be distributing our gifts from the North Crestview campus on December 3.
When you return your gifts to the campus, please bring them unwrapped, with the original star you took attached. If your gift includes multiple items, please put them together in a bag and leave the star in the bag. If you take a star and are unable to provide the gift in time, please return the star to your campus so that another family can take it - remember each star represents one child, and there is only one copy of each star for each child. Feel free to take a photo of your star if you want a back-up, or if you’re worried about losing it.
Bluewater Bay, Niceville:
The Christmas Store:
The Christmas Store: Give the gift of dignity to a local family this year by donating a brand new, unopened toy to our Christmas store! Donated gifts are sold at pennies on the dollar to local families who are referred by our friends at Sharing and Caring. Everyone loves the feeling of giving a gift, and when a local parent picks a toy for their kid they get that same great feeling!
Bring brand new, unopened toys to the racks outside your worship venue between Nov 20 and Dec 4.
Don’t know what to buy? Here are some suggestions!
General Advice: Bring your favorite childhood toy! Do you have grandkids / nieces and nephews / cousins—-what are they in to? Bring that! Do you see some common traits in the toy section at your favorite store? Those are probably the most popular toys this year— try those!
Do Not Bring: Experience has taught us that shoppers do not want stuffed animals or books. I know we love to give these things—they simply don’t sell at the Christmas store! Also, we are very much into thriftiness and we hate waste, however we do not accept pre-owned gifts for this project!
Biggest Need: Older kids are often the most overlooked group when donation time comes. The gifts most popular among older kids are: makeup, lotion, bath bombs/bubbles, slippers, restaurant gift cards, headphones, deodorant, sports ball, flat brim or snap back hats, axe ‘cologne,’ wild patterned socks, sunglasses, etc.
Holiday Food Drive:
Niceville and Bluewater Bay:
Once again, we are partnering with Sharing and Caring to provide for local families. Please bring the items listed below, in a paper bag, to your campus before November 13 (Niceville) or November 6 (Bluewater Bay).
Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Corn,
Canned Green Beans, Dry Jello or Pudding, Canned Frosting, Instant Mashed Potatoes
Canned Fruit, Boxed Cake Mix, Rice, Canned Fruit
And a hand-written note of blessing, in sharpie, directly onto the food boxes/cans.
Trips Currently Open For Registration:
GIVE TO A PERSON ON A TRIP, OR MAKE A PAYMENT HERE
Back2Back Ministries - Monterrey, Mexico: We will be returning to Mexico during Okaloosa County's Spring Break (March 18-24) and again next summer (June 2-8).
Sign up to participate in either Mexico trip by clicking here!
Summer English Camp - Budapest, Hungary: July 21 - August 1. Summer English Camp is a mixture of a Vacation Bible School and Summer Youth Camp experience. Volunteers act as camp counselors and discussion guides and use English Language tutoring as a tool to connect young people to Christ. This trip will cost $650, plus the cost of a flight. sign up here!
2023 Trips Still in Development:
Food For The Hungry - Huehuetenango, Guatemala: Our annual trips to the communities in "huehue" will happen during the summer of 2023.
We hope to offer these trips as well:
Soccer Camp - Latvia: We added a brand new mission partner this year who runs soccer outreaches in Latvia. We know that we'll be partnering with his team for trips, but (once again) we are monitoring the situation in Ukraine to see if this will be possible for summer 2023.
How Do I Sign Up?
This website, the e-letter, and the Crosspoint app will put up final details, information meetings, and applications for all trips as soon as they are available.
In the meantime, check your passports. We can solve a lot of problems to help folks go on a trip, but only the federal government can get your passport right. You'll need to have at least 6 months left (before expiration) on your passport to travel with us - so take a look and get those applications or renewals cooking if you need to.
Finances are always a challenge for foreign mission trips - the airlines don't care if we're going for the Lord, we still have to pay them! If you know a short-term trip is a priority for you, start saving a little bit of money each month and make long-term plans - we go every summer! We can help with fundraising, but making financial plans is a vital part of the experience.
The Bargain Box turns donated items into low cost goods for the community and money for mission through the power of volunteers! Check out the Bargain Box page.
Supper On Saturday is a twice per month Grocery Giveaway, learn how to serve (or receive meals) by checking out the 'Supper On Saturday Grocery Giveaway" button. Scroll up just a touch, you'll see the button, near the picture sliders!
Crosspoint volunteers are helping folks in our community with financial needs in healthy, sustainable ways. Need help?
Stop by the Chandler Center (two story square building across the street from the Community Life Center)
Monday - Wednesday 9:00 - 12:00
Need help now? Use our easy to navigate database of helping agencies:
Any of those programs get you excited? Want to be part of our team? Contact Tyler Fuller.