Get to know The Crossing's international and domestic missionaries we support through Faith Promise. All of these missionaries are members of The Crossing.
Jim and Jenifer Snider, along with their family, minister to the physical and spiritual needs of homeless, needy families through Cast Your Cares Ministry in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, PA. Offering food, water, clothing, and the life-changing gospel message, their desire is to "Reclaim, Rebuild, and Capture the Heart of the City and put it back in the Body of Christ". Watch this vision video in which Jim Snider expresses thanks for the ways The Crossing helps in ministry to the needy in Kensington.
Chris and Christine Loesser: "We believe that God has a powerful message to share with the 99,000 college students in Central/South New Jersey. We're honored to partner with God in seeing students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.
In this season, God’s invitation to us is to "plant the garden state". What gets us fired up and brings us to our knees is this image of new life pushing through the dirt in every corner of every campus in CSNJ — from frat houses at Rider, to locker rooms at Monmouth, to classrooms at MCCC's Trenton-based James Kerney campus…new life springing forth as we partner with God to plant the garden state.
From the colleges that surround the state capital to the universities near the sands of the Jersey shore, InterVarsity develops students with the character and capacity to change the world. Thank you for partnering with us to see this vision become a reality!"
Chris serves as Campus Staff Minister at Rider University, and Christine serves as Area Ministry Director for Central/South NJ. (Testimony Video)
Joe and Stacy Paolella
JOE PAOLELLA spent 46 years in ministry with Young Life sharing the gospel with teens and college students. Now he is taking the gospel to teens in prison, sharing the gospel on the campuses of local colleges, boardwalk evangelism in the summers in Ocean City and Point Pleasant, NJ. He also has a ministry of discipleship with new believers and college students. He offers training seminars in how to share the gospel both to churches and individuals. He makes himself available to share the gospel to large audiences when invited. THANK YOU for your prayers and support!
Chris and Kunghi Brown have served many years in Central Asia and in Korea. Chris has used business acumen to reach people in foreign countries. He has also had the privilege of teaching Business As Mission (BAM) to others for the purpose of expanding God's kingdom. In addition to establishing training in missional business in Korea, they have also been pastoring the Good Shepherd International Church in Korea, which reaches out to share the gospel with international students who are not able to hear the gospel in their own lands. Chris is working towards getting an MA in Theological Studies while Kunghi is getting an MA in Christian Counseling.
In the upcoming season of ministry, Chris and Kunghi will be working with WEC (World Evangelism Crusade), International’s home office in the United States, to equip missionaries for the field, particularly in the area of missional business development. Included in their task, is recruiting business people to serve overseas in the following: training business people to do cross-cultural ministry and church planters to do business, recruiting, training and partnering mentors with workers on the field, and developing seed-funding for new businesses. The goal of all the above is to enable a new generation of workers to go and be successful in both business and seeing churches established in the least reached areas of the world.
Ji-Yoon Kim* is teaching English at an Academy in South Korea, and works with a local church plant that focuses on nearby college campuses. She co-leads a ministry to the homeless and is involved in founding a social justice ministry. She is involved with the prayer ministry of her church and is also mentoring several women. One of her main focuses is her role as liaison with an NGO, LNKM (Love North Korea Ministries). Though there are currently concerns about the possibility of war and there is a recently imposed travel ban, God is leading people to prepare for the eventual reunification of the peninsula. The ministry is all about loving the people there and building relationships via working for the beneficial development
Erika Jale Gokcen ministers to refugees in France. After serving in France for a year, she witnessed firsthand the overwhelming needs of refugees and her heart was moved to action. She began praying about a word God gave her nine years ago during seven-nights-of-praise at The Crossing that one day she would start a ministry called “Transformed to Hope.” In response to the great need and opportunity to reach refugees in France, Transformed to Hope was formed for “such a time as this.” Erika now works with local believers to organize outreaches to refugees in order to care for their basic needs and share the transforming hope of the gospel.
Imagine a place where Muslims from around the world are encountering the Gospel for the first time. Imagine a place where young people who have never experienced the touch of Jesus stand astonished as, all unexpected, He heals them. This is happening at Virginia Tech where Felicity Smith is serving on staff with Chi Alpha Campus Ministry.
Felicity served in the ministry as a student leader for three years. Then, on graduation, she felt the clear call from Jesus to make this her full-time ministry because, in grace, God is moving in a very special way on that campus. God has used Felicity to impact people groups from a score of nations and religions, particularly Muslims and Hindus. Over this past year, dozens of students have received physical healing and experienced the love of God through the ministry.
Felicity senses the call of God on her life to see more students, domestic and international, not only come to know the saving grace found in Christ alone but also to learn to hear His voice and walk with Him. Felicity’s mission is to see students reconciled to Christ, awakened to the powerful love and voice of the Father, and empowered to reach the lost on Virginia Tech’s campus, in the workplace, and around the world.
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The Crossing's Mission Policy describes our ministry philosophy and guidelines around missions. It also contains the necessary applications and forms for both short and long-term missionaries. A PDF copy is available as a download (click here). For those making an application, a Word version can be requested by emailing Pastor Pierre.