A man lies in bed, staring at the palms of his hands. The skin on them is dark, the telltale mark of the epidemic sweeping through his city: the dreaded Black Plague. He knows that he has days, possibly weeks, to live. He’s survived dangerous seas, imprisonment by a furious father-in-law, unemployment and job searches, and finally a late-in-life career in ministry. He finds himself taking out a pen and paper with shaking hands to compose what might be his last sermon.
Ank Koopmans - Oosting has laid down her job of two years as a missionary with Operation Mobilisation. She has been one of the many missionaries supported by the Crossroads community. In Ank's own words: "After two very satisfactory and fruitful years with Operation Mobilisation, my focus is now switching to being more active in Aalsmeer, where I have lived for over a year with my husband Mark. My mission is and has always has been to be available for God and to be where He will have me be."
This winter Serve The City will again have 2 days full of volunteer projects all over the city. Think about fixing someone's house, or going out a day with people who really need that. You can now sign up for a project on three Saturdays in December and January.
The 17th of Dec both in Amsterdam & Utrecht.
The 24th of December Utrecht will hold an event
In 2012 we want to bless people on the 7th of January in Amsterdam.
On Friday afternoon of November 11th you can join a special Serve the City event to help the less advantaged in Amsterdam. As a LIFEgroup or a single person you can participate in a service project like walking with elderly, handicrafts with handicapped people, bingo with elderly and many more projects like painting or collecting food for the food bank.
In April 2010 the first concert with Crossnotes classical music ensemble took place at the Zonnensteinzaal in Amstelveen. 10 musicians, willing to offer their musical talents to collect money for the Crossroads care team emergency fund, gathered to prepare a classical music concert. It was a very successful experiment, the hall was full, and afterwards we decided to organise other concerts to collect money for other charities we believed in. The second concert, in December 2010, we were able to play in the beautiful Noorderkerk, covered in snow. The collected funds went to Serve the City Amsterdam.
On Sunday the 16th of January we will organize a food collection for de Voedselbank in Amsterdam.
It has been about 2000 years after Jesus started with his mission on earth. A question for you: how do you follow Jesus. A radical question which needs action! Is it your desire to make Jesus more visible either in the Netherlands or abroad?Mission2010 might be a conference you want to visit.
Mark your calenders: The next Serve the City Winteredition will take place on December 21st and January 8th. Most projects will take place during the day. We are looking forward helping people this winter and we hope you will be able to join! We are looking for project coordinators.