December 2015

Review & Renew: Vision 2016
In search of our 2016 theme, we’ve been studying our 2015 theme. Back in June of this year my nephew lost his battle with alcoholism. It’s a hideous battle in that it is disguised as fun and community. In my attempt to make sense of it, I felt God revealed that deep down we all are seeking two things and those two things must be found together. When my nephew went to church he found evidence of a Savior but he did not find community. At the bars he found evidence of community but no Savior. We are looking for and need to find the Savior and community together.

This year we started two ministries with the above in mind. The Mac Center and Lifetree Café were birthed from that theme.

The Mac Center

The Mac Center is home to the Black Diamond Boxing Club and Team, Classical Okinawan Karate, Adult Basketball and Youth Basketball. The Boxing Team is 3-0 so far with 4-5 matches being scheduled for January. We have 15-20 males and females working out 4-5 days a week. Coach Kuhn is doing an excellent job in preparing his boxers for the ring and for life.
Sam Freeman has begun offering classes in Classical Okinawan Karate in November. He hopes to have 20 participates in January. Sam is as focused on the spiritual as he is on the physical, mental and emotional part of his students lives. His wife, Goldie, is starting a class for 3rd through 5th graders in the fundamentals of basketball.

Ryan Harmon, a City of Welch Police Officer, has moved his AAU Basketball Team to The Mac Center and started practicing early in December.

Kyler Wilson has built a men’s basketball program on Tuesday and Thursday nights. He has 12-18 guys a night. It is very competitive and challenging.

Much needed facility improvements are underway, as well as a campaign to raise funds for equipment and operating expenses. To support this exciting and impactful ministry please donate here!

Lifetree Café

The second ministry is Lifetree Café. Lifetree is a non-threatening, non-judgmental conversational café. Every Friday night we meet at Life and Light ministry for a conversation with friends. In a coffee house atmosphere, we show a short video and then pose a group of questions. The questions are discussed at tables set up for four people. We provide snacks and drinks and a place to become friends. The rules are simple: 
You’re welcome just as you are.
Your thoughts are welcome. Your doubts are welcome.
We’re all in this together.
God is here, ready to connect with you in a fresh way.


Lifetree Café is sponsored by four ministries. The Community Crossing, Life and Light, Mustard Seeds and Mountains, and The First Presbyterian Church of Welch. We have averaged 18 people a week with a high of 28 people one night. 

We are really excited about both new ministries and the momentum that continues to build as we head into 2016. As exciting as that is, what is the theme that God has in store for the next year is that much more exciting. God is indeed here and He is connecting with us in a fresh way!

Wrestling with God
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” ... Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:24-28

Jacob was renamed Israel after his long night of struggle with God. This wrestling requires clinging to God and begging Him for wisdom, purpose, and blessing. This wrestling is continuous as we seek to know and love Him more intimately and serve Him with complete surrender. Let's pray for each other as we wrestle with God for His guidance in 2016.

Please visit our website, read about our new staff and updates on our ministries, and let us know how we can pray for you.

We praise God for you, and we sincerely appreciate your interest, prayers, and support.
In the service of our Great King Jesus,
W. Jay Wilson
Executive Director
The Community Crossing, Inc.

Several staff changes occurred in 2015. We said goodbye to Megan Murphy who is returning to work at a Christian camp in MI. We welcomed Kelly Urquhart from Asheville NC and newlyweds Chris and Elise Zajac arrived from New Hampshire and Rhode Island in November.

Jay & Karen Wilson

Kyler & Lesa Wilson

Kelly Urquhart

Chris & Elise Zajac

We have hired new local staff as well! Kat Davis and Kasondra Ramsey are Parent Educators, and Stephanie Kennedy helps with data entry.

In 2015 the PAT program served 75 families, and in 2016 we will grow to 150 families! More Parent Educators are needed to meet the demand to strengthen families with young children in our county.

The Community Crossing, Inc.
CCX is a faith-based 501(c)(3) serving in McDowell County, one of the poorest areas in the US. Ministries include hosting short-term mission teams (with YouthWorks), youth programming (The Mac Center, Hope Christian Academy, youth events), in-home family education program (Parents as Teachers), Thrift Store (Work of Heart) and Missional Communities.
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