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