Compassion In Action

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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

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

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