The mission of Church of the Cross extends well beyond the walls of the building and takes the form of many different ministries both locally and internationally.
Food and clothing are donated monthly to St. Paul United Methodist Church Ministries, a small inner-city church in Dayton with many outreach ministries to those in need in their immediate area. A "Second Helping" offering is received each Sunday which is donated to the St. Paul UMC and to Miracle Makers After School Program of the East End Community Services. Our "Missions Collection Center" is located in the hallway outside the church parlor for your clothing and food donations.
St. Paul Luncheons are hot lunches provided for Dayton's needy at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Area congregations provide the food and people to serve it on a rotating basis. Church of the Cross provides this service four times per year. Below left, the casseroles are prepared in Church of the Cross' kitchen the day before. Below right, the food is served at St. Paul Lutheran.
VIP (Visiting Important People) is a visitation ministry that is extended to those in our church family who, though once active in our ministry, may now feel isolated and forgotten by the church because of age or health issues. By making personal visits, we extend the congregation's fellowship and express our continuing concern for these people. A training class is offered yearly in November.
Local hands-on mission projects are gaining popularity with a group of people who volunteer their time and talents to help make a difference for those in need in our surrounding community. With grants provided by The Kettering Foundation, our team of volunteers is able to organize and provide the labor to make significant improvements for needy home owners in the Kettering area. We help people who otherwise would not be able to afford to make these repairs and upgrades for themselves.
Church of the Cross experienced its first foreign mission trip in February 2002 by sending ten people to Tampico, Mexico, to help improve the living conditions of a young pastor and his wife. Four follow-up trips have taken place since then and more mission trips of this nature are anticipated as Church of the Cross seeks to improve its hands-on mission experience in the world.
In 2012 Church of the Cross and an anonymous donor helped to build and furnish a preschool at Gungu United Methodist Church in Kigoma, Tanzania. A fund drive produced over $7,000 (not including the matching donation) that bought desks, books, cabinets, and many other furnishings as well as fund staff salaries for one year.
In May of 2013 a Medical Mission Team of 10 people traveled to Nicaragua to provide badly needed medical services to the people in a remote mountain area. The medical needs of 720 people were addressed in 3-1/2 days!
Nuru Ya Mapendo
Jane Wise, a member of Church of the Cross, permanently relocated to the Kasenga District in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2013, to serve as a missionary and assist United Methodist District Superintendents there. Her ministry is called Nuru Ya Mapendo. Jane writes,
"Nuru Ya Mapendo is Swahili and translates “Love’s Light”, a holistic ministry to people of the District of Kasenga, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa. We model Jesus, who first met people’s physical needs and then ministered to them spiritually. The ministry embraces and teaches sustainable growth practices related to food and animal production in order to improve quality of life, while also ministering to the spiritual needs of the recipients. The ministry comes alongside the Kasenga District of the United Methodist Church to support and encourage pastors, to share the Good News, disciple new believers and to grow the Kingdom of God."
Prayerfully consider a pledge of monthly support; Nuru Ya Mapendo is an approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You may also give to General Board of Global Ministries Advance Giving, show check memo as: "Advance Number 982465 - Jane Wise" and mail to: Advance GCFA, P. O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068.