It's official... CrossWay Missions is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
The purpose of CrossWay Missions is to take the message of The Cross to the world.
CrossWay Missions now exists for a number of reasons:
First, my evangelistic outreach efforts have become plural. When I first left Carrabelle, Florida, my mission plan was to do a church plant in Saint Lucia. If you've followed this blog for the past two years, you know how God modified my course and I ended up serving as missionary to the Marsh Harbour Church of Christ. While there in the past year, I began Restoration Radio, a worldwide internet radio station that broadcasts sermons from Restoration Preachers 24/7. That effort took on a life of its own and is rapidly growing in listenership and influence. I'm also forming another worldwide internet radio station called Good News Radio. That station, like Restoration Radio, will proclaim the Gospel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The only difference in the two stations is one is supported by the churches of Christ and the other by Independent Christian Churches. Now, instead of one single solitary outreach, there are three: Mission Marsh Harbour, Restoration Radio, and Good News Radio.
Second, CrossWay Missions will outlive me. I am now 60 years old and will soon reach retirement age. Though I do not plan on ever ceasing to teach and preach the Gospel of Christ, I will in time, due to age and the limitations that come with it, have to remain stateside. CrossWay Missions is not limited by time per se; it is capable of helping numerous missions and missionaries long after I have gone the way of all the earth.
Third, CrossWay Missions will help with "Boots on the Ground" efforts for the many missions it will support. Working closely with supporting churches and individuals, CrossWay Missions will be able to assist various mission efforts with on-site campaigns, interns, supplies, bibles, and many other evangelistic people, tools, and materials to missionaries on the front lines. Already, we are discussing a Spring campaign to Marsh Harbour and possibly an outreach effort to Haiti.
Fourth, CrossWay Missions provides guidance, leadership, and counsel. The Board of Directors for CrossWay Missions consists of five preachers, one elder, and three dedicated Christian workers who are devoted to mission outreach. These Christian men and women can and will help missionaries on the field deal with the many unique issues that affect their missions. They will also directly participate in mission efforts both stateside and abroad.
Fifth, the many monetary issues that missionaries often face can be alleviated. Due to its 501(c)(3) non-profit status, the corporation will provide multiple missionaries and missions with a means by which they can offer tax deductible benefits to those who contribute to them. CrossWay Missions can also offer advice as to the complicated tax issues that missionaries face. Through multiple church and individual contacts, CrossWay Missions can assist missionaries in raising much needed support. It also will provide financial transparency for its missionaries and missions.
Sixth, eventually, CrossWay Missions would like to recruit missionary teams and actively engage in church plants. Undenominational churches are the means by which people are reached, Christians matured, and communities influenced. Jesus started a church... we should plant and water it everywhere, I Corinthians 3:6.
Seventh, the message of The Cross has to shouted from every housetop and laptop. CrossWay Missions single solitary purpose for existing is THAT! Preaching Christ and Him crucified, I Corinthians 2:2.
I can't begin to express how excited I am about how God has taken me and morphed not only my mission, but me. From the moment I said, "Here am I, send me," He has cleared away every obstacle that could possibly defeat my efforts. Even those things that I thought would beset and offset the work, God has used them to reach the lost. From relocating the mission to Marsh Harbour where numerous souls have been and will continue to be reached, to hurt hips, broken knees, and worldwide outreach efforts via internet radio stations... the message of The Cross will never be stilled!
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