In response to the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew, Crossroads Alliance & Ministries is responding to the needs of those between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. We would like to thank all those at Meadowbrook Church (MBC), CAM’s Regular Heroes of the week, who donated supplies for our relief effort.
Members of MBC left donations by the bumpers of their cars where the Meadowbrook Dream Team helped load up the trailer. We are definitely better together, and we appreciate the partnership and quick response of the church to help our surrounding communities.
Our ministry in Honduras is growing, and so is our team. We are excited to introduce to you the newest member of our CAM Honduras team… Meet Meidy Vasquez! Meidy will be working at Academia Cristiana Americana as the school director, as well as a kindergarten teacher. She is a certified teacher with two years of previous experience, and has just obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Ceutec, one of the premier schools in Honduras.
Meidy has years of ministry experience in Honduras working as a translator for Iglesia Fe Victoria and serves on their worship team as well.
This past week, students from Meadowbrook College (a satellite campus of Southeastern University at Meadowbrook Church in Ocala, Florida) served on a mission trip at our missions complex in El Castaño, El Progreso, Honduras. During the past week, the team ministered to well over 600 students through community outreaches and development projects. They worked alongside local churches and pastors to support and build up the ministry taking place here in Honduras with special attention focused on children’s church development and worship ministry.
Wondering how you can be a regular hero? It’s easy!
Keep it Simple – Do all that you can with what you have.
Be There – Look for opportunities to help. Be proactive, not reactive.
Help others Succeed – Promote others and think creatively about how you can use your resources to help them succeed.
At Crossroads Alliance & Ministries, we are proud to be Americans and we thank God for being a part of such an amazing country. Though in general we are a blessed nation, there are many who are in need; thus, being a humanitarian aid organization, we have a heart for serving not only those in need in other countries, but first and foremost for serving our fellow countrymen. Here are some ways CAM meets needs here in America:
Church and Ministry Support ~ In Exodus 17:12 Aaron and Hur come alongside Moses to help him keep his hands raised to bring about victory for the people of Israel. In the same way, at CAM we believe that we are called to come behind and beside churches and ministries to procure and transport the goods they need to effectively reach their communities.
Disaster Response ~ In times of disaster, we work with the local churches and ministries to respond to impacted areas. Our goal in disaster response is that when the disaster is over, people do not remember Crossroads Alliance & Ministries, but instead remember that their local churches and ministries reached out to them in their time of need. By using this method of response, our aim is to strengthen the Christian community in the impacted areas.
Standing Proud: Serving Veterans and Active Military ~ Last year, we adopted Standing Proud as a CAM project. As of this year, we have been asked by founder, Rhoda Robinson, to continue the ministry despite her retirement. CAM is excited to not only embrace the task of continuing the ministry which sends care packages to active military, but to expand this branch of ministry with an initiative to minister to veterans who have been wounded (whether physically, emotionally or spiritually).
This past week, we were blessed to host members from SMI as well as pharmacy students and faculty from ULM for a medical brigade here in Honduras. Rather than using the clinic building, this group was organized around doing home visits – caring for the sickest of the sick. There are countless of stories that could be told of how we were able to save lives this week, but here are just a few stories:
While doing medical ministry in Mezapa, we were taken to visit a woman has been immobilized for years, and, as a result, she had developed a large stasis ulcer on her left leg, and was showing signs of one on the right leg as well. Had it been left untreated, not only would she have developed a second ulcer, but the infection of the ulcer could have led to possible complications such as chronic leg ulcers or bone infections.
At Rivera Hernandez a woman came to the church with her baby in her arms, she explained that anytime he cried, he would pass out, and placed him in one of the students arms to get him to cry – sure enough, while he was calm, his vitals were normal, but once he started crying, his heart rate would drop to 30 bpm. The team quickly got the mother in contact with a cardiologist and paid for the baby to receive an Echo. He is now waiting on results, and will receive the necessary treatment.
There are also other stories too – stories where the medical need was minimal, while the spiritual and emotional needs were significant. In any of the patients we saw, even for those who had life threatening cases, the one thing they appreciated most was having someone demonstrate that they care, and as a result, through this medical brigade were able to lead many to Christ through demonstrating his love and compassion.
Earlier in February, the government of Honduras declared a national emergency as the outbreak of the Zika Virus drastically increased throughout the country. The mosquito-born virus’ symptoms are similar to those of dengue fever and chikungunya, with its most common symptoms being fever, rash, muscle pain, joint pain and conjunctivitis. There are also cases in which it causes birth defects in pregnant women. There is no vaccination to prevent the virus, and, thus, the fight to control the spread of Zika has taken place through fumigation and treatment of those already affected.
With the vast number of individuals contracting Zika, and the limited medical resources in Honduras, Crossroads Alliance and Ministries is responding by donating $50M of medicine to our partners in Honduras – including the Ruth Paz Clinic and the Women’s Rotary Club of Honduras – for distribution to the areas of greatest need.