When CrossPoint CRC completed a Community Opportunity Scan a few years back, they discovered three vulnerable people groups that seemed to be falling through the cracks in their city: youth, the poor and marginalized, and immigrants within their community. After much thought, prayer, and discussion, it was decided that a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre would be a great way to reach out and walk alongside these vulnerable people in their community.
Crosspoint applied to NewGround to receive a Community Ministry Grant to help get the Debt Centre up and running. Since it began, the Centre has helped numerous clients begin the journey to financial freedom. In March, they had their first client finish paying off her debt! The head office for CAP rang the bells and blew their noise makers in celebration! Staff at the Centre treated the client and her mom to a takeout dinner – because of Covid-19 restrictions – but are looking forward to taking her out with her befrienders once the restrictions lift! (A ‘Befriender’ is a church volunteer who agrees to walk alongside a client and offer the support and encouragement of a good friend.)
This ministry has allowed the deacons and members of Crosspoint to cultivate relationships and care for people in Christ-centered and tangible ways, and to celebrate successes as they work together with clients in holistic ways.
One client of the Centre recently shared how impressed he was with how caring the church and CAP staff were “right from the first phone call. I’ve appreciated the food they helped us out with in the beginning and having them pray with me has been a great encouragement.”
Word continues to spread as residents and city organizations continue to contact them for help – help they would have been unable to provide without a NewGround partnership.
This is where your money goes when you support NewGround.
Your generosity helps churches like Crosspoint love their communities in tangible, practical and sustainable ways! Even more, thanks to individuals and churches all across Canada, Diaconal Ministries Canada can help more churches pursue exciting new ventures like Crosspoint’s CAP Debt Centre.
Will you support NewGround this year?
There are several ways to give to the 2021 NewGround Campaign:
- Through your Church – NewGround Sunday is May 2nd this year, but some churches may hold the offering before or after that. Check with your deacons or church office to find out when the scheduled offering is.
- Donate Directly Online – You can also donate directly online through our Canada Helps donation page. You can choose a one-time donation OR become a monthly partner to increase your impact!
- Through the Bridge App – If your church uses the CRC Bridge App, you can ask your deacons or treasurer to add Diaconal Ministries Canada as one of your giving causes! (Causes have to be activated for them to show up as an option in the giving portal.)
- Mail Your Donation In – You can also mail your cheques directly to Diaconal Ministries Canada at: 3475 Mainway Drive, PO Box 5070, STN LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Y8.
Feature Photo above by Luís Perdigão on Unsplash