Crossroads is passionately involved in supporting the work of ministries and missions all over the world to connect people to God and to one another.
Becky Hyde, CEO of The Arlington/Mansifeld Pregnancy Centers has served the center for over 20 years and has been on the front lines in helping young women choose life and choose Jesus. These centers provide vital services in four locations in Arlington and Mansfield free of charge: pregnancy tests, confidential counseling, referrals, limited ultrasounds, and more. The client coordinators are also trained to help meet the spiritual needs of the clients.
After graduation and marriage, Simon and Sarah began training to reach Muslim cultures with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) out of Kansas City. Even though still in training, this pair of young evangelists have already been leading people to Christ. They have just spent two weeks in a village called Maeai, which is three hours north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. There they worked along side villagers, played with their children and shared the gospel. Now they reside in Boulder, CO and are sharing the Gospel with Muslim college students.
Ajai and Indu Lall
Ajai and Indu Lall started CICM in December 1982 with a dream to obey Jesus’ Great Commission by establishing a mission center in their homeland. From the very beginning they focused on evangelism, church planting and leadership training. What started with these two faithful servants has grown into a multifaceted mission helping thousands of people each year through evangelistic and benevolent ministries.
Andy Hansen, Christ in Youth (CIY) President, and oversees the partnership with the local church and provides more than 100 annual events for tens of thousands of students and leaders across the USA and in 10 foreign countries. CIY believes God has uniquely and specifically equipped every student for Kingdom work. In response to His call, students actively serve in the harvest fields of their families, schools, churches and communities — not someday — but TODAY. Within the next decade, more than one million students and leaders will have been impacted worldwide through CIY.
Eden Prairie, MN
Following in the footsteps of their father, dear friend and longtime missionary of our church, Dr. Ron Carlson, Jason and Jared now lead Christian Ministries International. Ron was considered the leading expert on the cults and non-Christian religions of the world. He founded CMI in 1975 to equip Christians and churches to contend for the faith (Jude 3) and to reach those caught up in false cults, religions and philosophies.Jason and Jared speak all over the world, carrying on the legacy of their dad. They hold seminars in churches throughout North America and also work with mission organizations around the globe, training national pastors and missionaries to effectively respond to the cults and religions active on the mission fields of the world.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
David A. Filbeck and his wife, Sharon, have been raising up Christian leaders in Thailand over the past 25 years to plant churches, lead existing churches and to provide Bible-centered lay people in the community. They are continuing a mission to the Orient begun by David’s parents, David and Delores Filbeck, back in 1960. Christian Mission to the Orient has established Lanna Theological Center to provide Christ-centered men and women the values, knowledge and skills required to impact Southeast Asia for Christ.
Rick Bayless, who has served as Executive Director since 2007, has been involved with Cookson Hills since his parents joined the staff when he was in 8th grade. His wife, Melinda, was a resident from the age of 9, so this work “has always been at the heart of our passion,” according to Rick. Since its beginning in 1957, Cookson Hills has offered help, hope and healing to abused and neglected children and worked with their families to break the cycle of abuse, neglect, dependency and failure.They provide Christ-centered residential care, education, and therapeutic services for at-risk children ages 5 to 17.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Avraham “Avi” Mizrachi, the Executive Director of Dugit Messianic Outreach Center and Pastor of Adonai Roi Congregation, was born in Tel Aviv to a Jewish family. In 1984, after serving in the Israeli Air Force, he traveled to America where he met Jesus as Savior and Lord. Avi and his wife, Chaya, returned to Israel in 1987 and soon began the Dugit Messianic Center. Dugit is located in the heart of Tel Aviv and functions as a base for ministry, outreach efforts into the city, and a place for believers to gather for fellowship. They offer a free cup of coffee to Israelies who will stop and listen to the Good News. They also host groups from all over the world that take to the streets to share the Gospel.
KORE Foundation’s “business as ministry” initiatives demonstrate the love of Christ by focusing on steps “beyond relief”, implementing projects that impact immediate needs and empower future generations. Founded by Dennis and Brenda Bratton, KORE offers the Christian poor of Haiti a foothold away from chronic poverty toward a life of self-reliance. KORE is partnered with FISH Ministries to provide long-term solutions to basic human needs, along with business training and funding.
Mat and Anita Staver formed Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family in 1989. They strive to preserve religious liberty and help create and maintain a society where everyone has the opportunity to hear and share the Gospel. Liberty Counsel provides pro bono legal assistance in the areas of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family.
Jim Tune is the founding minister of Churchill Meadows Christian Church in Ontario, Canada, and serves on the Board of the Solomon Foundation. He is married to Claudia and they have a Springer Spaniel named “Murphy.” Jim is also the founder of Impact Canada, whose mission has been to reach people throughout Canada with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by planting reproducing churches in highly unchurched regions. Impact Canada is responsible for eight church plants in Canada, since its inception in 2005.
Matt Proctor is Ozark’s fifth president. Since inception in 1942, Ozark Christian College has been about the task of training men and women to lead churches and spread the gospel. The ultimate mission of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by seeking the evangelization of the lost and the edification of Christians worldwide. Their immediate mission is to train men and women for Christian service through an undergraduate Bible college education.
Salt Lake City, Utah
In 2009, God began to gather a group of men and women in Portland, Oregon to move to Salt Lake City to follow Jesus in the urban core of the city. They came out of obedience and submission to the Spirit’s leading, not to start a new church but to be the church. This group of Christ followers is called the “Missio Dei Community.” Missio Dei is Latin for “The Mission of God.” Their first gathering was for Easter in 2010, and worship was held in the Costello’s living room.
Piedras Negras, Mexico
Jair and Norma Castillo are literally our “own” missionaries. They attended our church and Jair was ordained to the ministry here before starting Vida Nueva Ministries in the 1980s. They began in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and now have ongoing ministries in Acapulco and Tepic.
Vida Nueva has numerous ministries including food distribution, healthcare, childcare, education, worship, recreation, vocational skills training, church planting and church leadership training programs. All of these programs help connect people with Christ, Who alone can bring hope and freedom from the vicious cycle of poverty and spiritual emptiness.
Executive Director Mike Schrage and wife, Karolyn, are lifelong missionaries. They began serving in Western Kenya in 1984 using their study in Bible, agriculture, and nursing to initiate a church-planting effort. By 1994, 7,000 people had been baptized and 130 congregations started. In 1994, Mike helped establish the regional center for Good News Productions, International in Nairobi, Kenya. In June of 2003 (after 20 years in Kenya), Mike and his family relocated to Joplin, Missouri where Mike began serving as Director for sub-Sahara Africa with GNPI. In October of 2011, Mike became the Executive Director for Good News Productions, International.
Fort Worth, Texas
Mary is the president and CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an organization that empowers survivors and stops the cycle of abuse. For more than 35 years, this multifaceted agency has changed the lives of countless women and children caught in abusive relationships. Their goal is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. In 2012, SafeHaven answered 37,350 hotline calls; sheltered 1,088 abused women and 1,355 children; provided 159,798 meals; 106,532 snacks; housed 102 clients through the agency’s transitional housing programs where stays range from 3 months to 2 years; and educated over 39,800 community members on domestic violence and shelter services.
Pioneer Bible Translators believes the most important thing we can do for people is to give them God’s word in their own language. The east coast of Africa is home to over 28 million people with over 130 different languages. Less than half of these people have the Bible translated in their own language. With Brad’s training and experience as a linguist, he conceived and initiated a relatively new concept known as the “Cluster Approach” to in-the-field work of scripture translation. Consequently, simultaneous translation (up to 10 languages) are proceeding without sacrifice in quality!
Wayne Smith is one of the most popular, respected pastors in America. He’s been a dynamic preacher, teacher, author, and evangelist whose use of humor with keen biblical insights has compelled audiences to come to Christ for seven decades.
In 1956, he became the founding pastor of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY, where he served until retiring in 1995. Southland was one of the first megachurches in the Christian Church Movement and touches more than 10,000 lives on a weekly basis. Since his retirement, Wayne has traveled around the country, encouraging pastors and churches, speaking, teaching and loving people into the Kingdom.