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Krosswerdz Update

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[ut_dropcap style=”one”] S [/ut_dropcap]ince it’s nearly March, I thought it would be good to post another Krosswerdz update. Time flies.

Krosswerdz Brisbane is in our 5th year, praise God. I remember sitting in my Browns Plains office with Warren 5 years ago, the week before our first service. We were scared, confused and wondering if we were worthy or capable of running Krosswerdz. We didn’t know what it would look like, who would come and how things would go. All we knew was that we wanted to share the Gospel and we were surrounded by young people who needed to hear it.

[ut_one_half] 5 years on we can see more then ever how good God has been to us. We ran our first event last Saturday (21/2/15) and it was great to see old and new faces show up. We had people from all different cultures (some believers and some not) all coming together to hear rap and to hear from the Bible. We broke bread and had an incredible time of fellowship and building new relationships throughout the day. We have around 6 services planned out this year as well as UPROCK and we’re also performing at EASTERFEST (although I think we are going to sneak in a Toowoomba ‘Krosswerdz’ service on stage as they’ve given us an hour).

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But for me personally, God has provided me with some incredible opportunities in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (BYDC), which I find myself drawn to. Believe me, it’s hard to get in there, yet I have been gifted beautiful opportunities which I hadn’t even been seeking out. Praise God.

Last year I was running music workshops in the centre, which was great but this year I have been handed a program, which is incredible (check out MMAD, they are the amazing organisation who got me in there). We are now running a radio show called ‘Breakfree’. It’s too much to explain here but please hit me up if you want to find out more. It’s beautiful, empowering for the young people and I have seen so many positives come out of it already).

[ut_one_half] Now I’m in the centre two classes a week and I have been praying for more time in there. God has provided that. We are so excited (and nervous, and a touch numb, but good numb) to announce that ‘BYDC’ has accepted a Biblical Ethics program for the young people. This program is called ‘Life Matters’ and it’s aim is for young people to look at some questions (like ‘What is a Father’ and ‘What is the point of life and who decides that for us’) and to hear what the Bible says about these questions. It’s got a mix of Hip-Hop, I am Second testimonies and relevant scripture passages that focus on the question at hand. It runs for 6 weeks and it looks like I have been given 1 to 2 classes per week depending on numbers. This is officially a Krosswerdz/Village partnership in delivering this program to the youth.
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I’ve typed too much. Please keep this in your prayers. This is really exciting and a great opportunity for young people to hear how much God loves them and how important they are in his eyes. Please also pray for me because this is new territory but I’m very comforted by knowing that God will use everything (especially my flaws) to bring Glory to him. If you would like more prayer points then please ask, it is greatly appreciated and I am so thankful for the support that I constantly receive from the Village fam.



Krosswerdz Update

By news, updates


Since the end of 2014 is approaching, I though I would summarize Krosswerdz (Sth East Qld) year in a few short paragraphs.

This year saw a shift in focus as KW decided that we function most efficiently as a Para-church ministry. This means that we work ‘along side’ the church rather then acting ‘as a’ church. Our vision is for people to hear the Gospel and for them to be surrounded by a positive ‘God-loving’ network. Our end goal is for them to be planted in a Church where they are greatly surrounded by Christians who can help support them in their walk.

The following are events we held this year:

Mitchelton Presbyterian Church Krosswerdz Service
Salvo’s Fortitude Valley Krosswerdz Service
Salvo’s Forest Lake Krosswerdz Service
Brisbane Youth Detention Centre Krosswerdz Service x 2 (Around 75 kids each time)
Keperra Retirement Village (That’s right, my Nan hooked me up) – Shared about Jesus and Hip-Hop
Kruger Parade Baptist Church Youth Group
Mitchelton Presbyterian Youth
Dalby Presbyterian Youth
Inala Multicultural Baptist Outreach
Redbank Plains High School
Annerley Church of Christ Service
Forest Lake Baptist Church Combined Multi-Cultural Day
Goodna Salvation Army – Youth Week Performances
‘Rockup for Uprock’ Fundraiser
QTC College – Share with the ‘Ministry in a Youth Setting’ class
UPROCK Sydney trip

When you look at it, that’s quite a big year of events and relationship building. When Warren and myself got together recently to talk KW we decided it was time to plant something dedicated to Brisbane North.

This leads me to 2015.

Last Tuesday I had a meeting with Youth Outreach Services in Fortitude Valley and this Tuesday I’m meeting with Adam from ‘Cup From Above’ to talk about possible opportunities for the future. I would love for Brisbane North to have what we are running currently at Forest Lake. Our vision is to create an area where people feel safe to come and record their stories, a place where they will be surrounded by positive role models. This could grow into an opportunity for a Bible study and a bridge to KW services and outreaches where they can meet more and more people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus.

Secondly (popping back to the South Side) by the Grace of God alone, we have been asked to run a 6-week program in the Brisbane Youth Detention Center. This program will use Hip-Hop as a way of discussing faith and life with the young people. Please pray that God helps me to write up something that is relevant to the young people’s lives. A clear Gospel message that shines a light of hope despite some of the incredibly tough circumstances that they might find themselves in.

VILLAGE CHURCH!!! Thank you so much for supporting me in my traineeship the past few years. Thank you for the prayer and thank you for the servant hearted approach to KW.

I want to finish on this. When I walked into the Youth Detention center to share with 70 people about how Jesus transformed Zacchaeus’s life , I was nervous. I was nervous because I constantly doubt my skills in being about to share such a message. But it was then that I was encouraged by how great our God is. It was then that I was reminded that God is in control of all things and that I want to do this because of what he has done for me through Jesus. It was then that I remembered that the spirit is at work to cover all my needs. And it was also then that I was reminded of my Village family who has my back as a brother in Christ. That day I imagined all of us walking in there. I was well provided for. Praise God. How good!!!