We believe the only hope we have in life or in death is Christ. God sent His Son for the salvation of all those who will trust Jesus alone for their salvation.
We are responsible to the Lord to take this Gospel of hope to every place on the globe, starting with our neighbors, then our county, state, and country -- and to the Nations.
Crossroads, as a church, seeks to go into the world where we live and love people with the love of Jesus, serve them, and seek an opportunity to share with them the hope we have in Christ. We gladly support more than 3,600 missionaries serving with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. These missionaries go places we can't, moving their families and putting down roots in hard places so they can bridge cultural and language barriers with the story of God's grace and mercy.
Our involvement with Operation Christmas Child expanded this year from being a Drop-Off Center for shoe-box gifts to being a Collection Center. Through local drop-offs, we handled over 6,000 shoebox gifts and after those were placed in cartons and other drop-off centers brought their cartons, we filled 3 tractor-trailers with gifts for children around the world. A total of more than 14,000 individual shoebox gifts were sent through Crossroads to their ultimate destinations around the globe. Each gift is accompanied by a local-language explanation of who Jesus is and how a child and their family can trust Him for salvation.
We regularly engage in community outreach through Loving Lillington. Earlier this year we gave food, cleaning supplies, diapers, prayer, and Bibles to several hundred local residents.
Periodically, we have our own members go on short-term mission trips. One family, whose roots are in Guatemala, make an annual one-month trip back home to share gifts, encouragement, and the Gospel.
Another family, members of Crossroads, have served for the last 20 years, first in East Asia, now in South Asia. They are full-time missionaries through the International Mission Board.
Crossroads will annually give more than 10% of our income to missions -- local, regional, and global.
We are planning a mission trip for our Student Ministry group next summer, seeking to give our teens a hands-on missions experience.