Happy Anniversary!

Well….better late than never, right? August 23rd 2013 was the one year anniversary of Crossroads Compassion Project. On the same date in 2012, the Secretary of State of North Carolina filed our incorporation papers in Raleigh, NC. It is hard to believe it has already been a year. But what a ride this has been so far!

Over the last year we have seen God’s hand all over Crossroads Compassion Project. Shortly after our incorporation, we began the application process seeking tax exempt status as a non-profit public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. We were told by Internal Revenue that they would begin reviewing our application approximately 9 months after it was received. We were praying that we might be approved at least by December of 2013. Of course, this is before all of the IRS scandal related to non-profits in 2013 became public. Our application was sitting in the very office we were all hearing so much about in Cincinnati. I have to admit that I was not expecting to see an approval any time in the near future.

In late May, I was notified that 3 girls were about to have to leave their orphanage in Moldova. My heart just sank, as I knew that we did not have the resources to take in these girls at that point. (See previous blog “I choose all 3”) We decided to trust God for His provision and took a leap of faith. We agreed to take the girls. As we scrambled to find a place for them, we heard that there was a fourth girl that needed our help. How could we refuse? At the same time, in Moldova, God was moving in the hearts of a young married couple and some other individuals, showing them this opportunity to minister to these girls. I immediately asked people to pray with us that God would provide for these girls.

About a week later, I got the word that two of the four girls were on the bus, on the way to us! That’s when reality hit me. This is the real thing now! They will be under our roof tonight! I knew I had to do something quickly. So I drafted a letter to Internal Revenue, pleading with them to expedite our application. The plan was to fax the letter to the office in Cincinnati since that would be the quickest way to get it there. As I was on the way to print and fax the request, I found myself passing the Post Office. I decided to stop and check the P.O. box for the latest wave of bills and junk mail. Inside the P.O. box was a letter from Internal Revenue informing us that we had been approved for 501(c)(3) status! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! (I never even got to send my letter!) God quickly began to bless us financially through some incredible ministry partners.

We just returned from Moldova two days ago. I am happy to report that the two young ladies, Alina and Veronica are doing very well. Since coming to us, they have been receiving medical and dental care. They have a safe place to live and food on the table. One of the girls recently said “Before now, I never remember a time in my life when my stomach ever felt full”. Both girls are now going to high school and learning a trade. They now have a “family” that loves them unconditionally. But most importantly, both girls have accepted Jesus Christ and made Him the Boss of their lives! My heart was about to burst as I sat beside the girls in church last Sunday, listening to them singing praises to God. Even though it was in Romanian, THAT needed no translation!

Please pray for Crossroads Compassion Project. We have identified some additional ministry opportunities in Moldova. There are more girls that we will be reaching out to very soon. We are also working on a plan to take in our first boys by the end of the present school year around June of 2014. We will also be posting new projects and ministry opportunities on our website very soon. These are exciting times for us. We are excited to see what God is going to do next!

I Choose ALL 3!

When we started Crossroads Compassion Project we knew that getting this organization up and running would not be easy. And we were right. For many months now we have been bogged down with planning, paperwork, red tape and bureaucracy. At this point we are waiting for the IRS to make a decision about our 501(c)3 status. But when God told us (all of us) to “Care for widows and orphans” (James 1:27), He didn’t mention the IRS. He didn’t tell us to start taking care of these girls AFTER we get our tax exempt status. He just said to do it.

Today I received an email from Moldova. I have been corresponding with an orphanage director for several months now about how to help some girls that will be leaving the orphanage. Over the last several weeks, due to our limited resources, I have asked her to choose a girl that we can help when the time comes. Today I realized the time has come. Today, the director gave me the names of not 1, but 3 girls who desperately need help. In just 2 weeks these girls will have to leave the orphanage. They are 16 years old.

WHAT must be going through their minds right now? I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety that must be eating away at them. The place they have called home for years is now being taken away from them. The little bit of security and stability that they have had in their lives will soon be gone. Their lives are changing forever. They have to be wondering….Where will I go? What will I do? I don’t know how they can sleep at night.

The message from the director mentioned 3 names….Maria, Alina and Mihaela. I have known these girls for several years. I have watched them grow up in the orphanage. Then the director’s message said “Tony…you choose which one”. My heart just sank. I sat there at my desk at work today and thought “Are you kidding me? I have to choose one girl that we will help?” Or I guess you might say, I have to choose which 2 girls we CAN’T help. Then I realized how UNFAIR it was of me to put that burden on the director who has poured her life into these girls.

So I have spent the entire afternoon and evening making my decision. I CHOOSE ALL THREE! I don’t know how we will do this. The fact is….we WON’T be able to do this. GOD IS GOING TO HAVE TO DO THIS! But I cannot pillow my head tonight without knowing I have done everything possible to help these 3 girls.

I’m asking you to help us. Would you please consider partnering with us to help these girls? We have just 2 weeks to come up with a solution for them. If you can help us financially please contact us as soon as possible. If you can’t help financially, would you please pray for the girls? Please pray for the director as well. I know this is a particularly difficult time for her to have to send these girls away.

Tony Mullen

Pathways

Today we officially announce the new project that will become the “core” of Crossroads Compassion Project. PATHWAYS is the name of this ministry. We have identified ministry partners to work with in Moldova, and together and God’s blessing, we will make this dream a reality.

With God’s blessing and His provision, we will open our first home for a few young ladies who will be leaving an orphanage in the near future. We want to offer them a safe place to live. We want offer them an opportunity to continue their eduction or learn a trade or skill. We want them to know that we love and care about them. It is not enough to just tell them these things. We want to show them these things. The girls will have mentors who will help them with everyday life. They will have the love and support of a church family. They will learn first hand how a family should function. At some point in time these girls may be wives and mothers themselves. They need to see first hand how it is supposed to work.

As God blesses and directs, we hope to expand this ministry and have several homes for girls and boys in the future. Would you please consider partnering with us?

Please pray for our ministry partners, mentors, and sponsors in Moldova. We have a tremendous ministry opportunity to share the love of Christ with some incredible young ladies and young men in Moldova.  I encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.  I promise you will be encouraged by what this ministry has going on in Moldova!

Please pray for Crossroads Compassion Project and PATHWAYS in particular.  We are asking God to send us the girls and boys that most need our help. We also need God’s provision to make this happen!

Tony Mullen – President

Here We Go!

Here we go!

Crossroads Compassion Project is pleased to announce two new projects. The first project is called Social House. The Social House is a safe house for special needs kids that age out of the orphanage in Moldova. These are children that have mental and physical challenges that make them especially vulnerable to exploitation. As we partner with Social House, we will help to bring the home up to acceptable living standards. This includes a new roof, repairs to the floors and walls, plumbing repairs, a new heating system etc. Renovations to Social House are under way. To learn more about the Social House Project, just click here.

The other project is The Touch of Class Project. This project gives small groups such as school groups, Sunday school groups, life groups, etc. an opportunity to “Touch” the life a child in Moldova. 100% of the donations to the Touch of Class Project will go directly to “At-risk” children in Moldova. To learn more about The Touch of Class Project, just click here.

If you have any questions about these projects, please click on the “Contact” tab at the top of the page. Or you may contact us any time by telephone.

We hope to announce additional projects in the very near future. We hope that you will help us reach out to these children who desperately need our help.

Tell Me…Why?

Tell me…WHY?

As this year draws towards an end, I find myself traveling a great deal these days for my day job. You know it’s getting bad when the hotels are sending you emails saying “We are looking forward to your upcoming visit.” When I get to the hotel, I often find myself tuning in to the news channels to find out what is going on around the world.

Today it seems as if the earth is about to stop spinning on its axis because Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is sick. Today’s top story on the front page of the USA Today is all about the recent Grammy nominations. GIVE ME A BREAK! You know, I really hate it that the Duchess is not feeling well. But when a Duchess vomits, it is NOT news worthy! And I honestly could not care less about the Grammy nominations. Of all of those nominated, I have only even heard of one of them.

NOWHERE on the news today have I heard ANYTHING about human trafficking! Not one word have I heard spoken or read in print about modern day slavery. For that matter, I have not heard, seen or read ANYTHING in the media for a couple months. The last story I can recall reading in the media was a story in newspaper that I picked up in Munich, Germany in October.

WHY? Why is this problem not in our headlines on a daily basis? If 27 Million people suddenly went blind, that would be a tragedy. Every news outlet on the planet would be talking about it. What happened? Why? Is there a cure? How can we stop it from spreading? They would be all over it! Well today it is estimated that there are 27 Million people being held as human slaves around the world. Yet, the media outlets of today are looking the other way. Perhaps our culture has indeed been stricken with a form of blindness.

Who will speak out for the victims? Who will step up and reach out to the vulnerable to keep them from becoming victims? 27 Million for many is hard to comprehend. But what Alina? What about Veronica, Mihaela, Carolina, Svetlana, and Daniela? Now it starts to get personal. These are just a few who will need our help in the very near future. These are REAL people who are very much at risk. These are some of the girls that Crossroads Compassion Project hopes to reach out to very soon.

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity” – George Bernard Shaw

“Will you please help us?”

Think About It

Think about it!

Last month when I was in Moldova for the Face of a Child Project package distribution, I had the privilege of being there with part of my family.  My wife and my father both made the trip to Moldova with me for the second time each.  It was really good for all of us to be reminded why we are doing what we do in Moldova.

When we went to visit the orphanage at Leova, of course, the kids were all waiting for us.  They had been looking forward to receiving the packages prepared for them by the sponsors and staff of Little Samaritan Mission.  But it was not all about the packages.  That day, we were greeted with song and dance by some of the kids when we arrived.  We really enjoyed the performance, but something that was said by one of the girls really struck a nerve with us.  I have “heard” these words in my mind, over and over again, many times each day since then.  She welcomed us to the school and then she turned to the other kids and said “Today our family has come to visit us”.  I was very humbled and deeply moved by that statement.

Think about it….what if you were in their situation?  Have you ever thought about what it must be like to be one of those kids?  They cannot help it that they are in the orphanage.  They cannot help it that one or both of their parents are dead, alcoholic, or abusive.  It’s not their fault that they were abandoned or kicked out of their house.  They did not choose to have their father get sick and confined to a bed leaving a mother of 4 to try to provide for the family.  Can you imagine being those parents and having to send your 4 kids to the orphanage so they have a place to eat and sleep and go to school?  Can you imagine the only “Family” you know is a group of strangers that come to visit for a couple hours once a year?  I don’t know about you, but I struggle with these thoughts and ways to fix it.

James 1:27 tells us “….care for widows and orphans in their distress and refuse to let the world corrupt you”.  That’s the good news!  I don’t have to “Fix it”.  God tells us to care for and minister to them right where they are.  God knows and loves these kids and He knows their situation.  God may choose to use us to help make a difference in the lives of some of these kids.  We just have to be willing to meet these kids where they are.  We just have to show them the love of Jesus and tell them about Him.  We need to keep our hearts and motives pure and He will bless what we are doing.  Please pray for Crossroads Compassion Project as we look for practical ways to show the love of Jesus to these young people.

Last of all….Think about YOUR family.  Have you told them lately that you love them?  Have you thanked God for them lately?  God has blessed us tremendously and I think all too often we take that for granted.  As I learn more and more about these kids and their situations, I realize how blessed I am.  I also realize how much work there is to be done.  “Will you please help us?”

Will You Help Us?

“Will you help us?”  I don’t think I’ve ever had four words cut to my heart quite the way those words did!  I was sitting there with Tony, the president of CCP, and several young ladies who were about to age out of the orphanage where they lived at the end of the school year.  You could see the fear through the tears in their eyes.  I don’t really know what hurt worse, seeing the tears, hearing the fear in their voice, or feeling like I had no hope to offer them.  I mean, they had hope…earlier that night they had passed from death to life through a relationship with Jesus, but still, I couldn’t look them in the eye and say, “You’ll be alright. Nobody will be able to hurt you now.”  It just wasn’t true.  I knew that there were plenty of organizations to help them when they eventually were trafficked, but there simply were no groups, at least to my knowledge, that were actively trying to keep them from being trafficked in the first place.  I felt so useless.  You see, according to many organizations, Moldova has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world.  The girls that grow up in orphanages and then age out are trafficked (usually forced into a life of prostitution) at an alarming rate.  Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say it is a large majority.  For the young men, it is not much better.  They, in similar percentages, end up in organized crime.  I came home from that trip with a broken heart.  I wanted to do something, but didn’t know exactly what.  I knew that if there was to be any real work done, a new ministry would have to be started.  Then, about a month later, Tony calls.  ”Hey man, I’ve been thinking a lot about what those girls said, and I have to do something.”  A huge smile came across my face, and I knew that this would be the answer.  Before long, Tony, Jonathan and I were sitting at a table working on the paperwork to begin Crossroads Compassion Project.  I don’t know where God will take this ministry, but I know that it is an answer to prayer, and that I now have the answer; “Yes we WILL help you!”

Grand Opening

Welcome to Crossroads Compassion Project!  Thank you for being a part of our “Online Grand Opening”.  We hope you will be challenged and encouraged by what you see here.  We are a small group of people with a heart for orphans in Eastern Europe.  We would like to become a much larger group with an even greater passion for these kids!  I would like to invite all of you to join us as we reach out to these young people in Moldova.

The statistics on the kids leaving the orphanages are not good.  Many of the young girls are extremely vulnerable and fall into the hands of the traffickers.  This article appears on the website of Radio Free Europe:http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1055188.html
We must do everything we possibly can to reach these young people before the traffickers do.  Crossroads Compassion Project will offer hope and a brighter future to the kids that we can reach.  I’ll ask you what some young girls recently asked me.  “Will you please help us?”
Over the next few weeks and months, we will be sharing some of the projects that we will be undertaking in Moldova.  We are looking for ministry partners that will help us help these girls and boys at a time when they need us the most.  We already have some projects in mind and we believe God is leading us in some specific directions.  We look forward to sharing more of our vision with you soon.  God is already doing some AMAZING things!
I would also like to ask you to pray for us.  We have some big decisions that we are facing.  The decisions are life changing to the ones affected by them.  Pray for those we will partner with in Moldova.  Please pray that God will give us all wisdom, and the resources to accomplish His will.
Please help us spread the word about CCP!  I hope you will bookmark our website and visit us often.  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.  So “Like” us and “Tweet” about us.  If you have any questions about CCP or how you can get involved, please feel free to contact us.
Last of all, and most importantly….Let’s give all the praise, honor and glory for anything that is accomplished to the only one who deserves it…JESUS CHRIST!
Here we go……!