As a former board member and club leader I have seen this ministry from many different angles. A great way to describe Crossroads is to say they are smart. Their strategy, their financial plan, staffing and most importantly their relationships. This ministry will be around for a long time!
Parkwood is connect with Crossroad. They understand our students needs and support that goes beyond the classroom structure. They create opportunities and engage students, teachers, and families. They are a great example of family and community relationships.
Having the blessed opportunity to build relationships with energetic boys and to disciple them in their walk with the Lord, has been rewarding, exhausting, and a joy!
This is such an incredible chance to share kindness and hope with children who come from impoverished and often forgotten communities. The volunteers are genuinely invested in these precious children and work to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance. The kids are so excited to be in Crossroads and are always disappointed when it is time to go home.
Excellent way to get kids involved in God. I volunteer Gregory elementary school on Thursdays, and I have really loved helping these kids find Jesus or even just follow him better in their own lives. One little boy had never opened a bible until he was in my small group and now we have became the the very best of friends. I cannot wait to see crossroads kids change more lives.
Crossroads is the best free program for the kids I have ever encountered. I have been touched and blessed . I can not imagine my life with out crossroads. I wish they would have had this programs like crossroads when I was growing up. I know it would have made a big difference in my life. . Kids are in so much need of love and attention and the love of Jesus.
Being able to speak to kids of the unconditional love of Jesus is a blessing on its own.
It is so true that we never know what the next day will bring. One day I was sitting in church listening our pastor talk about opportunities to serve in the community. Crossroads Kids Club (CKC), a free after-school faith-based club for elementary school children, was featured and I decided to learn more. I am now in my second year serving and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to share the Good News with the children in the under-served areas in our community. Our program has grown from three to over 50 kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade registered, and more kids want to join each week.
Save for those in Christian schools, most children in the United States build a foundation void of faith unless that faith is taught and lived at home. The CKC program, using the Bible as a base, allows children in public schools to learn positive life skills such as honesty, respect for parents, making wise choices and being trustworthy through the lessons we teach, while having a great time doing crafts and activities and playing games that reinforce the lessons.
Although we are there only one day per week during the school year, I have witnessed the powerful impact of this program on the children in the school we serve. The kids love the program so much, many have asked if they can have CKC every day after school! Two of our kids were even inspired to do an impromptu performance they came up with all on their own. They changed the lyrics to a popular song (Watch Me, Whip/Nae Nae) to make the song about Crossroads and danced while singing in front of all the other kids. Most recently, after teaching the kids about the importance of doing God's work, the kids made snack bags containing the same snack they are served, to take to a Homeless Shelter just a block away from their school. Some of these kids go without and to see them involved in helping those in even greater need in their own community is a testament to the powerful impact this program has in the communities it serves.
I believe the CKC Program is worthy of great recognition and should be honored for their commitment to helping children understand that they are special because God made them and for encouraging them to have hope in their future. The founders had a vision and the leaders in the program are living examples of answering God's call to service.