At CrossPointe Winter Park we are passionate about churches being planted, the marginalized and overlooked of society being loved, and the global reach of the gospel being extended.
So how do we make that happen?
What if I told you we have the opportunity to see all three of these pursuits come together in one amazing endeavor? What if I told you the impact we could have will reverberate for generations and has the redemptive potential to transform an entire community? What if I told you that it will cost us financially, but that God in His great provision, has graciously provided us an outside donor who will match 3:1 every dollar we raise?
The Mishpat Project is about these “what ifs” becoming reality by your prayerful participation.
Mishpat is the Hebrew word for justice that shows up over 200 times in the Old Testament. It’s the idea of actively pursuing the right ordering of things.
By God’s grace, what we are talking about is funding a church plant, a Community Development Center, and the sponsoring of children so that they might flourish spiritually, physically, relationally, and mentally. This will be a partnership between Compassion International, Acts 29, and CrossPointe Winter Park.
Phase 1 - Funding
For $75,000 we can 100% fund a church plant in a developing nation. However, because of our 3:1 match, our church will only need to raise $18,750. Though this is no small amount, we believe this is very attainable for our congregation. For example, consider this…a $10 per month gift will result in $480 being contributed over 12 months.
Phase 2 - Be Paired with a Church Planter and Location
Once funds have been committed through pledges and one time gifts, Compassion will begin the work of pairing us with a church planter who has gone through the Compassion and Acts 29 vetting process. Though we are open to various locations, we have requested the regions of Central and South America.
Phase 3 - Compassion Sunday & Sponsorship
Within months of the church being planted, kids in the community will be registered within the Compassion Sponsorship program (see below to learn more about Compassion) and from there you will have the amazing opportunity to sponsor a kid at our forthcoming Compassion Sunday. These kids will all be ministered to at the Community Development Center that you helped build! Additionally, this space is also used for the church that you helped plant. What a win!
Here is how Compassion describes their sponsorship work...
When you sponsor a child, you’ll be personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought that you care. Your support of $38 per month provides life-changing opportunities such as:
- an opportunity to attend or stay in school
- medical care, which often saves lives
- nourishing food
- mentoring and a safe environment through a local evangelical church
- and most important, opportunities to hear the gospel.
Compassion child sponsorship works! Millions of children have “graduated” from our program and are now responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Allow God to work through you in the life of a child in poverty.
But that's not all...
Phase 4 - Mission Trips
You won’t just have the chance to sponsor a kid, in the years ahead we will be taking short term mission trips to work with the church plant you helped start, and you will get to meet and minister to the child you sponsor…in person!
How You Can Participate
Simply click the Commitment Card below and fill it out by February 23. There you will find instructions on how to play your part. Our goal as a church is to raise $18,750 in one time gifts or monthly pledges. If we raise this amount, each dollar will be matched 3 to 1, thus becoming $75,000 to fuel gospel ministry!
There are also numerous ways within the life of our church to serve our local community. Make use of the Commitment Card to request more info.
"The righteous are those who are willing to disadvantage themselves to the advantage of their community; the wicked are those who are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves."
Will you disadvantage yourself for the advantage of others?
What is the location and timeline for this new work?
Though we would love to be involved all over the world, we have requested to be matched with a church in either Central or South America. We believe this will allow the most number of people to be able to take future mission trips.
As for the timing, we hope to be matched with a vetted and approved church planter in the next 6 months. We desire to be matched to a church planter that has been assessed by both Compassion and Acts 29. Be praying that God would lead us to the right church planter and context.
Please note that our matching can not take place until we have secured the necessary funding through one time gifts and pledge.
Does The Mishpat Project still include our work with Orlando Children’s Church and Samaritan Village?
Over the past two years we have been able to give $20,000 to Orlando Children’s Church to sponsor one of their buses. By God’s grace, we had additional Mishpat funds come in during 2019 and our outside donor has agreed to match those funds so that we can again provide them $10,000 in 2020. Beyond this our church continues to be actively involved with OCC on a weekly basis.
We also were able to provide $80,000 to Samaritan Village to help women who have been rescued out of human trafficking. Though we love the work of Samaritan Village, we will not be raising funds for them out of this year’s Mishpat Project. Though we wish we could do it all, we sensed God leading us to the new opportunity with Compassion. We are excited about how this will provide numerous pathways for participation amongst our whole congregation.