Local: Embrace Oregon
Currently there are approximately 8700 Oregon children in foster care. Children living in foster care may be infants, toddlers, preschoolers, grade school age, or teenagers. Foster children come to DHS in a variety of ways.
In 2011, Jillana Goble, a foster and adoptive mom in Portland had an idea to demonstrate hospitality to children during the most vulnerable time in their life—when they were first taken from their biological family and sitting in a child welfare office awaiting a foster placement. She founded Embrace Oregon to partner with churches and the community to provide welcome boxes for children being brought into the foster care system.
The majority of children coming into foster care must wait in a Child Welfare office for at least two hours while a social worker tries to find them a suitable placement. As you can imagine this is a time of high anxiety for kids.
The idea of a welcome box is simple: while the child waits in the office, a social worker gives them a box of age-appropriate items to occupy their time. They will take this box with them into their new foster home.
Our desire is to provide Embrace Oregon with at least 100 welcome boxes. If you would like to participate in this by purchasing the items and assembling a box please pick up a Welcome Box Kit at the from the stage after the service on Sunday. There are instructions on what to buy for the box. Please be sure to include ALL of the items on the ESSENTIALS list. Once your box is completed, please bring it back to the church by Sunday, December 24th and we will deliver them to Embrace Oregon.
For more information on Embrace Oregon please visit www.embraceoregon.org
Global: Mission 4 Mexico
Crossroads is sending a team with Mission 4 Mexico this upcoming Spring Break (March 23 - April 1, 2018).
Mission 4 Mexico is a youth-oriented mission providing a life changing experience by allowing Christ to work through us to serve in need. We travel to San Luis, Mexico.
The trip focuses on building relationships with each other and ultimately with God through serving. We build homes, host Vacation Bible School for the children, hold sewing classes for women/mothers, walk the streets and hand out toiletry items and school supplies, all to show people how much we love them because God loved us first.
The trip is for high school students (14 and above) - adults. Each participant will need a valid Passport. The cost is $700 - Includes building material costs, fuel, motels, most meals and a possible fun day. We will travel to Mexico in vans and private vehicles. Accommodations while traveling will be in hotels. While in San Luis, we will camp out in tents.
You can be an important part of the team by giving money to provide scholarships for those who are going on the trip and to help purchase a newer van for the church. Our goal is to raise $10,000.
In the church lobby next to the Open Door Cafe’ (coffee stand), here are envelopes specifically for donating towards the mission trip. The envelopes are marked from $1 - $100 and there are some that you can fill in the amount you would like. No gift is too small! Please select an envelope and bring it back to the church by Sunday, December 24th.