Global Missions Partners
Compassion is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with children suffering from poverty all over the world. Crossroads has supported young Andy in a developing country through the Swiss arm of the mission for the past number of years. Additionally, many Crossroads people have sponsored other kids in many developing countries. .
The Sunday School has ‘adopted’ Andy and communicates with him regularly, receiving letters back from him in return.
The children are encouraged to bring money to church to support Andy, to teach them to give and help those who are less fortunate. They have also raised funds for him in addition to those donated monthly by the church. Compassion ensures that all funding is used to help Andy and his family in a sustainable way.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Wycliffe Bible Translators is an interdenominational nonprofit organization whose vision is to provide access to education and the Bible for all people and see them transformed by hope. We have two families at Crossroads who work with Wycliffe.
Johannes and Sharon Merz serve in Benin, West Africa, and beyond, primarily through their work as anthropologists. By learning from the people and societies they engage with, they seek to promote understanding across social, cultural, geographical and organisational boundaries. They help people to access and engage with God’s Word in the most appropriate media so that the Gospel message communicates accurately and clearly.
The F. family is involved in Bible translation projects in Russia and neighboring countries. There are many people groups in post-Soviet countries that are largely unreached with the Gospel. Wycliffe and its partners provide access to Scripture to people in their heart languages. Nowadays, electronic formats make it easier for people to obtain Bible texts, read them or listen to them. M.F. specializes in IT and Digital Media work. Among other things, he has been involved in the creation and distribution of Bible applications for mobile devices. He also trains and supports others in this area.
Partners Relief & Development
Partners works in two main areas – the Middle East and Southeast Asia (Myanmar and Thailand).
War and oppression have devastating consequences on the freedom and well-being of innocent children caught in the crossfire. Partners works in communities touched by conflict to ensure these children are protected and have all they need to reach their full potential.
1 in every 113 people are displaced. Over half of those are children. That’s over 65 million people globally who have been forcibly displaced by war, violence, and persecution. Partners believes that no border or barrier should stop people from experiencing God’s love. That’s why they go where others have said they cannot, working with vulnerable and displaced communities that are difficult to reach in order to bring practical solutions that build a future for children free from hardship and exploitation.
With the church’s help, they not only bring relief aid into desperate situations but have been planning for and re-building infrastructure to meet children’s primary needs; working side-by-side, together with the people themselves.
Under the leadership of Vivian Kityo, who is a qualified midwife, they run a pregnancy crisis centre in Kampala, Uganda, offering pregnant teenagers refuge and the good news of the Gospel, as well as education and various life skills.
Their vision is: “The promotion of dignity and self-esteem of young girls in Uganda with crisis pregnancy while addressing their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. This is achieved by providing temporary shelter, counselling and care services, providing opportunities for Christian growth and discipleship and equipping them with life and vocational skills, thus transforming the lives of this vulnerable group”.
One of their objectives is to reintegrate young mothers, who were forced to drop out as a result of early pregnancies, into schools and higher institutions of learning. This would result in an improvement in the standard of living of young mothers and their babies; it would reduce the high level of illiteracy among women as a result of dropping out of schools due to unwanted pregnancy; it would give them hope for the future after conception and delivery; it would improve their self-esteem. Over 60 young mothers have been reintegrated into schools over the last ten years.
Global Hope Network Intl
Global Hope Network International (GHNI) is headed up by Lana Jones, the Co-Founder and Board Member, along with the GHNI Global Leadership Team overseeing different regions of the world to engage with unreached people groups. GHNI does this through three strategies: Disaster Relief, Transformational Community Development (TCD), and the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy. TCD addresses five main sectors holistically of Food Security, Water Security, Wellness or Health, Education, and Income Production. GHNI: “We focus on transferring knowledge of how to come out of poverty, rather than “give away” programs, helping the poor to become self-sustainable. This helps them to avoid dependency and being trafficked.”
Living Hope Odessa
Living Hope Odessa was founded in 1999 by Nicole and Vyacheslav Borisuk. A number of Day Care and Family Support centres have been established in Odessa and the surrounding areas in Ukraine, where children can come after school week to do their homework and enjoy activities that develop their personality, gifts, and interests, all in a secure environment where the Gospel is shared openly.
Due to the war in Ukraine, a lot of the children have been taken to Germany for safety reasons, where they are hosted by local churches. The centre in Odessa momentarily focuses on relief outreach to internally displaced people (IDP’s).
True Love Movement
True Love Movement is headed up by Mercy Masuluke and is based in one of the large townships in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Their mission is to make God’s love known in their community and build a new generation that will pursue God’s love, education, and a healthy lifestyle. This is achieved through an After-Care Centre where they equip children spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically to function effectively in their community.
Andy Fronius has been involved in youth ministry for the last 17 years and was on the staff of Young Life for 7 years. He has started and led youth ministries in Germany, Switzerland and Romania and has much experience in training youth leaders. Now under the umbrella of the Swiss Mission Fellowship and through his website, Mr. Jugendarbeit, Andy wants to inspire youth workers to help the community of young people they care for by creating weekly videos where he shares tools and stories that help them to become an inspiring community builder.
His experience as a web designer and school counselor, and his studies in theology and marketing prepared him well for this unique opportunity. In his years as a youth worker, he was blessed with good English resources and trainers. Now he wants to pass on this valuable training to youth workers in their own language, so they can tap into proven training methods that have a lasting impact.
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Local Missions Partners
ReNAiSSArT, a department of Artists for Community Transformation International, has the vision to restore hope & heal hearts by sharing life-giving art, facilitating creative workshops and encouraging & mentoring people. Allison Régnier, a Crossroads member, is the Project Director and has a Masters in Missions and Intercultural Studies along with 25 years of ministry experience in France, Switzerland and Germany. Her area of ministry is the three-country area around Basel.