Compassion In Action

Welch

From day one of Crossroads Compassion Project, our Board of Directors have had the desire and felt the responsibility to help, not only those in need in Eastern Europe, but to also invest in domestic opportunities to help those less fortunate in our own communities. Through God’s sovereignty and timing, He has brought together a team of volunteers, supporters and advocates to help us do just that.

Crossroads Compassion Project is pleased to announce the new branch of our ministry called Compassion in Action. This new domestic portion of our ministry will take place in various locations within the borders of the United States. Each project will have its own unique name, specific to the needs we will be trying to meet.

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Our very first project take place on August 8th 2015 and it will be called Appalachian Outreach. This project is a partnership between CCP, Let Our Voices Echo (L.O.V.E.), K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, and SMD Contracting. We will be working with a group of volunteers in the Town of Welch, WV to meet some of the most basic physical needs of about 600 kids in the McDowell County, WV School System. Together we will be helping each child with a new winter coat, new shoes and socks, a backpack, school supplies, and toiletry and hygiene items. It is also our intention to raise awareness about the dangers of human trafficking in West Virginia and the U.S.

We are excited to be given this opportunity to show the love of Jesus Christ with the students and families in and around the town of Welch. This will be the first of many such projects around the U.S. as God provides the opportunities and the resources. We are now looking for warehouse/office space to support our growing ministry. We are asking God for a facility where we can collect, organize and inventory the material resources that have been donated and purchased for this and other projects in the US and Moldova.

Please pray for Appalachian Outreach and the students in Welch, WV. If you would like to support this or any other part of our ministry financially, you can do so online at www.crossroadscompassion.com or send a check to P.O. Box 483 Claremont, NC 28610.
In order for compassion to be real, it requires action! – Tony Mullen, Crossroads Compassion Project

From the iPad to the back door

Tony Mullen ~ CCP President presents one of the first decals to Scott Ehrenreich

Tony Mullen ~ CCP President presents one of the first decals to Scott Ehrenreich

Well……..It has taken 11 months to get to this point, but we have finally made it! Now I can FINALLY tell you about it! In January of 2014, CCP was hosting a screening of the documentary, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls in Conover, NC and at the screening I was talking with Scott Ehrenreich (a professional truck driver) about human trafficking. He mentioned that he had seen some signs in a truck stop in Florida about human trafficking and it had phone number you could call. I told him that was probably Polaris Project (National Human Trafficking Resource Center). He said “No it’s a trucking group”. I did a quick Google search on my phone and I was introduced to Truckers Against Trafficking. As Scott and I continued to talk about how to raise awareness of the problem, he made a statement about truck drivers “Staring at the back of other trailers all day, and that would be a good place to start.” That’s all it took to get the wheels turning!
A good portion of human trafficking in the U.S. involves the transportation industry and it is taking place in truck stops, travel plazas, rest areas, hotels and motels along our interstates and major highways. As a member of the transportation industry, the president of a non-profit fighting trafficking, and as a father and a human being, I had to do something!
I sat down and put together a proposal I called “FREE Ways”. I presented the idea to the leadership of my employer, Snider Fleet Solutions, and it was well received. I knew that I would have to have some help with this project so I set my sights on Truckers Against Trafficking. I knew that with their endorsement, FREE Ways had a chance to succeed. The only problem…..I didn’t know anyone at TAT.
So with iPad in hand, I travelled to Louisville, KY to the Mid-American Truck Show in March of 2014. I walked into the convention center and found the TAT booth. I asked them to give me 5 minutes to share a dream with them. I was able to share the proposal with Kylla Leeburg of TAT. She thought the idea might work, so she asked me to share it with TAT Executive Director Kendis Paris via email. Two days later, I got a phone call from Kendis. After our telephone conversation, I realized just how well connected TAT is in the transportation industry. While the bigger part of me would love for this to be known as a project of Crossroads Compassion Project, God reminded me that this is not about YOU or CCP…..it’s about helping those girls (and boys). So I asked TAT to take this project and let’s move forward with it.
This project is pretty simple. After much debate, we finally came up with a design for an 11”x14” decal that will be displayed on the back of trailers. The decal introduces Truckers Against Trafficking, and it gives the hotline for the NHTRC. Snider Fleet Solutions will be the first fleet in America to display the decals on their equipment. The next step will be for us to engage our customers, the small, the large, and the national “mega-fleets” in the U.S., and challenge them to partner with us and display the decals on their equipment as well. Some of our customers have as many as 25,000+ trailers! Additionally, TAT offers FREE, online training for every driver in the fleet on how to recognize human trafficking, how to report it, what to report, etc. Together, we will build a network of “Watchdogs” on our nation’s highways, and we will blanket North America with these decals. We are also making a statement to the traffickers that we are watching, and we will take action!
Please keep an eye out for these decals on the highways. Beginning Nov.21st, TAT will offer these to independent drivers for $5 + shipping on their new online store. Also, please take time to visit the TAT website www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org and watch the short training video there. MAKE your daughters watch it! They need to know. They are also very active on Facebook. Find them and “Like” their page. I think you will be educated and challenged by what you see from TAT. They are on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking….and we are right there with them!
Think about this….just 11 months ago, a couple average guys were just simply talking about how to raise awareness about human trafficking when an idea emerged. Today, the idea becomes a reality and it is rolling out on a soon-to-be NATIONAL level! You don’t think YOU, or just one or two people can make a difference in the fight against human trafficking? THINK AGAIN! Get involved in this fight!

 

The fight continues!

It’s been a while since the last blog, so I thought I would let you know what we have been up to. When God gave us the vision for Crossroads Compassion Project, we really had no idea what we were getting into. Oh, we knew that there are girls that need our help in Moldova. And that is, and will remain the core of what we do. But I think we underestimated what a God was calling us to do.

As we started on our quest to fight human trafficking in Moldova, God quickly showed us that this isn’t just a European, Middle-eastern or Southeast-Asian problem. This is a Global Problem! It’s a United States problem! It’s a North Carolina problem! It’s everywhere we look! But the fact is, most people fail to really see or realize what they are looking at. We quickly realized that we should be helping to raise awareness about human trafficking or the commercial sex trade (which are the same thing) right here where we are.

So we have engaged in some domestic projects in addition to our work in Moldova. One of our strategies is the screening of the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. This film exposes the global sex trade around the world, including the U.S. We have done a few public screenings of the film and we have plans for several more in the near future. Recently, we were able to attend Abolition Summit in Kansas City, MO. This was a three day conference aimed at fighting sex slavery. The conference was hosted by Exodus Cry, who produced the documentary. It was a good time of planning and networking with fellow abolitionists, as well as educational. We left KC with a new determination to fight human trafficking in Moldova and North Carolina. But this is something that is much bigger than us! We need your prayers as we work on a specific plan that we pray for God to use to impact government leaders both here in NC and in Moldova. More about that later!

We have also been collaborating with another organization called Truckers Against Trafficking. We are working on a project to “bombard” truck drivers, motorists, the general public, and hopefully victims with a way to get help, or to report human trafficking. Literally, thousands of people will be impacted by this project 24/7/365! TAT is leading the transportation industry in the fight against sex slavery. Look for Truckers Against Trafficking on the web and on Facebook. We have been working on this since March, and we are getting close to going public with this project, so stay tuned!

Last of all, we feel like God is leading us toward a good business opportunity in Moldova. This will not only be a business to get us closer to financial sustainability, it will also create jobs and most importantly, it will be a ministry to many others. This will be a very big step for us! Please pray for us and this opportunity. Pray for wisdom and God’s provision. Finally, pray for us as we continue this battle that we are fighting. Better yet……why not join us in the fight?

Tony