Crossover Baltimore - A story of Hope
Two Richmond-area churches, Kingsland Baptist Church and Bermuda Baptist Church, took 32 church members to Baltimore June 7, 2014 to participate in a missions effort, Crossover Baltimore. The church members were joined by their pastors, Pat Fiordelise and Pete Hypes, as well as SBCV Regional Missionary Darrell Webb. Their task was to Prayer Walk the community around Streetlite Christian Fellowship and do some "freshening up" of the facility.
Streetlite recently acquired a former church in the impoverished neighborhood of Brooklyn to use as a Transformation Center. The Center was mostly in need of cleaning and sprucing-up. The team from Kingsland and Bermuda cleaned education space, office space, kitchen and many bathrooms; moved a commercial stove and tables/desks and chairs; sorted and hung clothing; inspected use-by dates on pantry items; cut trees and pulled weeds; painted classrooms and hallways; and prayer walked the campus and neighborhood. These efforts were preliminary to opening of the Transformation Center services to the people of Brooklyn.
In addition to the opportunity to stand with the members of Streetlite as they express the love of Jesus to the people of Brooklyn, the team really caught the vision of the Transformation Center and began to discuss how they could implement aspects of this ministry at our local churches. The commitment of the team to helping Streetlite prepare the Transformation Center for ministry was so great that Crossover Baltimore, Part 2, was conducted on July 19 with 21 members of Kingsland and Bermuda participating. Thirty five members from Kingsland and ten members from Bermuda participated in the June 7 or July 19 Crossover missions (eight members participated in both).
Although Baltimore is relatively close to Richmond, the bus ride to and from Baltimore equaled the amount of time available for the team to work. The leaders of Kingsland and Bermuda understand that when members participate in mission, their perspective on the Great Commission becomes more focused and they become more personally committed to taking the Gospel to all the world. The one-day Crossover format was useful in maximizing the number of members who can/will participate in a mission trip.
Team member, Jim Austin from Kingsland, shares this observation, "While cleaning the Transformation campus the team found condoms and needles—indicators that Satan had set up his operation at that place……but now, with eyes of faith, the Kingsland/Bermuda team can see boys and girls attending AWANA and Upward in the gym, we can see youth playing basketball and hearing the Gospel, we can see adults receiving job training and addiction counseling, we can see children attending a quality Christian school, we can see families attending worship, receiving clothing and being fed……we can see men and women, boys and girls impacted by the Gospel, now and for eternity."
The team from Kingsland and Bermuda rejoiced to be co-laborers with Streetlite in transforming the Brooklyn neighborhood with the love of Jesus.
This came from a report submitted by Jim Austin, member of Kingsland Baptist Church.