There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal,
A time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain,
A time to search and a time to give up,
A time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend,
A time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate,
A time for war and a time for peace.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This is a time for joy.
This month, we prepare for and celebrate the coming of the Messiah in great anticipation of His coming again. We wait for it, we hope for it, we believe in it. In many ways, the seasons of the year reflect the seasons of our souls. We begin, we grow, we flourish, we reduce, we retreat and we celebrate, every year. Christ’s coming into the world brings out in many of us a very different season—one of joy, one of celebration and one of reflection on the year left behind. Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything. We begin a new year soon, with new hopes, new dreams, new beginnings.
In the same way, Crossways International (CI) is beginning again.
The Board of Directors has cast a vision for CI as a premier publishing house providing biblically based and theologically sound books, materials and training worldwide to advance the Kingdom of God. Our Mission is to Reach, Teach and Transform Lives. Our message has not changed, only our method of delivery; and by necessity.
The men and women who serve on the Board of Directors of CI recognized that change was and is necessary for CI to continue to fulfill its mission. Because of the Board’s dedication to extending the life of the ministry, CI is living out a significant transformation.
As I write these words, CI is in the process of moving out of its offices and migrating to a virtual, web-based online presence. Whereas up to this point, Crossways International has had its own warehouse fulfillment team and stored its own inventory in Minneapolis, times have changed. By the time you read these words, our materials will be moving to a remote fulfillment distribution center. Very soon CI will have a new website and web-based application making it possible for our materials to be ordered through print-on-demand, and accessible through download via the internet throughout the world.
In addition to the products that CI has produced in the past, we are moving to become a premier publishing house, which means we will be looking for and publishing biblically based and theologically sound books and materials of writers and authors whose work is approved by CI’s Theological Council.
This transformation has not been without its challenges. Nonetheless, I am pleased to share with you that our mission abroad continues. This summer, our Biblical timeline was translated into French and Spanish for distribution abroad. And in November, Jeanel Jerome shared that he is preparing to lead a See Through the Scriptures® seminar with 61 chaplains in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Because of your gifts to CI, our work to Reach, Teach and Transform lives worldwide continues. We may not be in our offices in Minneapolis anymore, but we are as close to you as your smartphone. Please prayerfully give to Crossways International during this season of giving. We are enormously and eternally grateful for you, for your prayers and your gifts.
Thank you all so very, very much. May God Bless You at this time of preparation and transformation.
Your sister in the Risen Christ,