In April of 2018, we celebrated a challenge to our entire church body to Wreck The Roof of our gen- erosity in order to make Christ’s Kingdom grow. The crowbars and the sledgehammers came out, and we celebrated over $26 million in commitments and expected gifts to do exactly that!
I have been overwhelmed by the stories of commitment that have been shared. They illustrate a faith to take God at His Word, to walk a new path toward a deeper and closer relationship with Jesus. I am reminded of the words of David when he was offered the land upon which the temple was later built. He said, “I will not take for the Lord what belongs to you or offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24:24)
We are not asking for the Lord to do this for us without joining with Him by trusting in His provision and boldly standing on His promises. We believe that He has already supplied us with all that is nec- essary to accomplish what He has called us to, so we are only acting in faith to release that provision to His purposes.
Inside this update are some of the incredible stories of regular people who are actively Wrecking The Roof of their limitations and stepping out into the new territory where Jesus is leading. Thank you for your part in the stories God is writing on our hearts together, and let me encourage you to continue to keep stepping out in faith, with the rest of us, to make it happen.
brad & abby Henry
For us, Wreck The Roof has been more about opportunity and excitement than anything else. Having both been raised in Christian homes, tithing is something we were taught to do and was fairly automatic. We did it out of obedience to help the church function and meet its day to day operating needs.
Like many, we went through the initial process of praying and talking about what we could do above and beyond our normal giving, and that exercise was both challenging and rewarding. But for us, the thought of what our church could accomplish with this initiative was the driving force behind the number we wrote down on our commitment card.
As we write this, fresh off of a visit to the first weekend at our new camp, we cannot even begin to put into words the joy we have knowing that our collec- tive sacri ce helped make that possible, and that’s just the beginning. Very soon we will be able to visit new campuses and literally see the faces of people who may not have met Jesus without our commitment, as a church, to reach them through this initiative. We’ll be able to see new leaders being raised up through our internship program. We’ll see dust flying at each of our existing campuses, doing whatever we can to make our facilities more equipped to reach the lost people in our region. These are the things that drive our giving to Wreck The Roof, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue to play a small role in making all these things happen.
Many times in the Old Testament, when God did something big, the Israelites would build a monument of stone at that location to commemorate and remember what God did there. We can’t help but think that our camp, our new campuses, and even the improve- ments at our current locations will similarly stand as reminders to us of the big things that God accomplished through our generosity and commitment to Wreck The Roof.
Steven and Elizabeth Ginos
In early 2017, while cleaning my bedside table, I found a Crossing Hannibal bulletin from 2015. I com-pared it with the most recent one from 2017, and I wondered “Where are we going next”. When my wife and I first heard about plans for Wreck The Roof, we were all in, immediately, a big “Yes.”
My wife is a creative and innovative person. I am not. However, we both have the ability to recognize good ideas and what it takes to implement them. We are both early adopters of necessary change. We were ready to open our checkbooks at the very first meeting regarding the Wreck the Roof initiative, but we did not understand the magnitude of what it meant to Wreck The Roof of our generosity. It would take prayer, lots of prayer, to discern God’s direction.
In October of 2018, my wife will have been a nurse and in the work force for 40 years, and she had plans to retire. It was not because she was too old, or too frail, or too ill to continue nursing, but she had reached the limit of her tolerance for the way healthcare policies interfere with the simple act of caregiving. Her prayers and the Holy Spirit changed her heart and, because of that, she has decided not to retire for the next two or more years so she can joyfully give more to the Wreck The Roof initiative.
As for me, I have a rather unique opportunity to work extra hours when needed, and I am dedicating an additional 48 hours per month (two weekends) for the next two years so we can increase our contributions to Wreck The Roof.
We are joyful for Wreck The Roof and very thankful that The Crossing has given us the opportunity to give our blessings back to God in order to build His kingdom.
AJ and Kayce Fuhrman
It is not uncommon to drive through a neighbor- hood and see children selling lemonade in their front yard. We have grown accustomed to seeing these makeshift lemonade stands run by future entrepreneurs of America. A few weeks ago, my children became part of the lemonade stand busi- ness. While most children are working towards new bikes and video games, my kids were work- ing towards something completely different. They were wrecking their roof! Ethan and Ella set out with a goal to make twenty dollars to help plant a new campus. While there are new toys they would love to own, they were more excited about giving to Wreck The Roof.
The day they set up their lemonade stand was a hot one. It was the kind of hot that makes you want to either be inside or in a pool. Ethan and Ella did not let the heat hinder them. They took boxes from our recent move to make the counter and talked their grandmother into walking to the store to buy supplies. They were open for busi- ness. Once open, they decided selling lemonade at twenty five cents a glass was not going to make them enough money to reach their goal of $20, so they expanded. They wrote books and poetry and found toys that they could sell. At the end of day one, they had raised $14! They were still deter-mined to meet their goal, so they made plans to sell for a second day. They ended up with a grand total of $22 over two days of hard work!
Jesus taught that we need to be like children, and my kids have de nitely taught me through their business endeavor. They worked hard, and were generous, to make sure that other kids would be able to go to the church that they love so much!