Cross Cultural Missions

Cross of Glory is committed to cross-cultural missions as a means to fulfill the Great Commission. 

As such we support special interest missionaries and short-term mission trips.

(Keep scrolling down this page to see what exciting things are happening in Missions!)

GIVE TO THE MISSIONS FUND

The Missions Fund is separate from our General Fund and is designated to support our missionaries and other missions projects. Please prayerfully consider financially supporting God's work in global, regional and local missions.


Donations to the Missions Fund are tax-deductible and may be given through Sunday offerings or online giving. Be sure to indicate "Missions Fund" as the designated fund so it is clear how you would like your contribution to be used.

UNREACHED PEOPLE groups

Mission Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

April 13-21, 2019


Join in partnering with the local pastor and church in Oaxaca, Mexico in reaching out to the community. We will be engaging in holy Week outreaches, doing light work projects and participating in church services. Open to all ages (kids included).


Total Cost:  $1200 (approx.) depending on airfare,
number of team members and any fundraisers.

Deposit:  $300

Application and Deposit Deadline:  Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

Remaining funds due February 10

See Trip Application

Mission Trip to Ethiopia in support of Partners With Ethiopia

March 8-17, 2019

Spend time at PWE's project site encouraging staff and doing fun activities with kids, learning about issues widows face in that area and do some home visits. Possibly spend time with Missionaries Ron and Diane Gullman if they are available.


Total Cost:  $2500 - $2800, depending on airfare, number of team members and any fundraisers.
Deposit:  $250

Application and Deposit Deadline:  December 1, 2018


Contact:  Ingrid Olson or Martha Rothenberger


See Trip Application

Haiti Mission Trip #2 Movie Summary


October 15-21, 2018

Haiti Team #2 shares this video summary of many sweet moments captured during their visit. Find full trip reports and more photos below.

Stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming Cross of Glory mission trips.

Click on the movie image to the left to be redirected to the Facebook page where this video is located. Thank you, Laura Kaihoi, for capturing the moments and sharing this with us!


Our Missions Team

  • dee dee contreras


  • betty foulkes


  • daniel hernandez


  • stefan julien


  • martha m rothenberger


  • kurt weimer


  • edgar hernandez


  • erik benson

Our Supported Missionaries

  • steve and liz spellman

    Serving with EFCA ReachGlobal

    Church Planting Coach in Brazil and Haiti


    Steve and Liz divide their time between Brazil (the city of Florianopolis) where they serve in leadership of a Church Planting Network, helping to develop, lead, mentor and coach church planters and church plants throughout the country. They currently serve as the transitional leaders of ReachGlobal’s emerging work in Haiti, where Steve oversees their international staff and gives direction to local partnerships.


    Email: steve.spellman@efca.org

  • david and carol jahnke

    Converge Worldwide International Ministries


    As International Field Director David's focus is to build strong foundations for 140 missionaries in 26 nations, build bridges with national partners, open doors to new areas of ministry, and clear the path so our missionaries and partners can run headlong to the work they are to do. This is for the purpose of increasing effectiveness in their work among various peoples in this world.


    Email: davidj@convergeww.org

  • sara

    One Challenge International

    Sara is a missions researcher, with her current focus being on young, unchurched, urbans. She consults with a number of mission organizations working in the country, in particular, with those who are seeking to start new churches in the area’s largest cities. Along with her coworkers, she publishes a semi-annual newsletter on church planting and works with those who are involved in church planting and innovative approaches to reaching young adults.


    Email: missions@gloryonline.org

  • chris and faith

    Undisclosed Location


    Chris and Faith transitioned as Converge missionaries to a ministry called Pinnacle. Pinnacle Ministries has very close ties with Converge and specializes in giving care to pastors, missionaries and hurting churches in the US, Asia and wherever the Lord may provide opportunity.


    Under this new missions agency, Chris and Faith will be ministering to hurting churches, pastors and missionaries in bringing strategic resolution and training in the areas of conflict resolution, soul care and those suffering from burn out in ministry. They will be doing many of the same things they have done in the past, but with more depth in doing care giving and with a broader field in more countries.


    Email: missions@gloryonline.org

  • mike and linda gunderson

    Serving with ReachGlobal (EFCA)

    Leadership Training Globally


    Mike, Linda and their team train pastors and leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They equip a small group of trainers who reproduce this simple, Bible-based training to as many leaders as possible. Many of those who are trained come from rural or tribal areas. Well over a thousand pastors and leaders are currently being trained. Two years ago Linda launched a care network for women missionaries. Over a hundred women are in the network. After being trained, experienced and mature women missionaries connect monthly with newer women missionaries to encourage, love and pray for them.


    Email: michael.gunderson@efca.org

  • steve and deb sellers

    Canmore, Alberta, Canada


    Steve and Deb serve in full time evangelism and discipleship of Canadian and International Olympic athletes. Their purpose is to reach athletes for Christ, mentoring them and sending them to reach the world utilizing their platforms as athletic heroes.


    Email: sdak@telus.net

  • chacko and vineetha varghese

    India T.I.M.E. INC.

    (The India Mission for Evangelism, Inc.)


    Chacko, along with a group of mission minded Christians in Minnesota, organized The India Mission for Evangelism in 1975 to bring awareness among the American Christians to provide training and tools to Christians in India and neighboring countries. He founded Peniel Bible Seminary and Missionary Training Center in India 33 years ago. Since then they started a home and school for poor children. The Varghese family live in Arizona, but travel and minister in India on a regular basis in various ways.


    See a video describing this ministry.


    Job Description for opening on Board of T.I.M.E.: Board Member Job Description


    Email: time_inc@msn.com

    Website | YouTube | Facebook

  • ben and courtney pierce

    Steiger International


    As part of Steiger, they are involved in a music ministry called No Longer Music. NLM travels throughout the world and presents a clear Gospel message in secular places. They also have a local ministry band, Cosmonaught, and hold a weekly Bible study as a place for new believers to be discipled into mature, life-long followers of Christ. Their vision is to proclaim the truth of Jesus to those who would never step foot into a church.


    Email: nzbenpierce@gmail.com

    Steiger International Website

  • kerry meads

    Associate Artistic Director, Lamb’s Players Theatre

    Southern California


    Kerry has written dozens of scripts for Lamb’s Players Theatre (non-profit performing arts organization) over the years.

  • paul and nydia johnson

    United World Mission Avance


    Paul and Nydia work with The Avance Missions Immersion program, based in Mexico City, mobilizing young adults in cross-cultural mission service. They accompany participants as they serve in Mexico City, the largest city in Latin America.


    Their passion is that participants will gain perspective on what their role is in God’s call to the nations. They also desire to see participants deepen in their love and intimacy with Christ and to live and minister out of this reality.


    Email: PaulNydia@gmail.com

  • jennifer blevins

    Reach Global


    The mission of ReachGlobal-Haiti is "To see an indigenous, disciple-making, and multiplying church, within walking distance of every Haitian, which demonstrates and engages in proclaiming the transforming power of the Gospel.” We seek to partner with local pastors and ministries who are like-minded in the desire to see Haiti transformed both physically and spiritually by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also intentionally desire to impact the U.S. church through the work we do with short-term mission teams.


    My personal ministry roles include coordinating short-term teams, working with interns, and acting as a liaison for our GlobalFingerprints (child sponsorship) program.


    Email: Jennifer.Blevins@efca.org

  • mary yarbrough

    Go and Tell Ministries


    Mary Yarbrough serves as Director of Missions for Go and Tell Ministries operating along the border areas of Mexico. Go and Tell's mission statement has two very distinct components from which they have developed their ministry branches:


    The first part of their mission statement, "reaching the unreachable with the grace and mercy of the gospel" is the foundation for the Compassionate Ministries which strives to serve all those they encounter as they struggle to provide the day to day necessities of life for their families.


    The second branch of their ministry, Facilitation Ministries, strives to fulfill the latter part of their mission statement to "facilitate others to do the same" by providing the necessary resources of the local church to complete the Great Commission.


    Email: mary@goandtellmexico.org

    GoAndTellMexico.org

  • ron and diane gullman

    ReachGlobal


    Our Backgrounds—Ron’s parents went to Ethiopia as missionaries in 1956 where he was born and grew up. Though he traveled to the U.S. soon after high school, his love for Ethiopia and its people powerfully shaped his life, priorities, and perspective. Diane, grew up in Minnesota and became a believer in high school. We met in college and soon after graduation were led by God to Dallas Seminary. After seminary, we served together in pastoral ministry for over 22 years before being called into missions.


    Our Calling—In 2013, God recalled Ron to Ethiopia, to serve him with ReachGlobal (the mission arm of The Evangelical Free Church of America, EFCA) in partnership with SIM – Ethiopia. Presently, we live in Minnesota and Ron has been traveling regularly to Ethiopia while Diane has taught second graders. This is all changing! God is now calling both of us together, and we plan to move to Ethiopia.


    Ethiopia, a brief history—Ethiopia is situated in the highlands of east Africa and is an ancient land and culture. Christianity first came to Ethiopia in the 300s A.D. The church that formed became the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and has had great influence in the country and culture since. Evangelical missionaries began serving in Ethiopia beginning in the 1920s. The second world war forced missionaries to leave the country, but many returned in the 1950s and 60s. They were met with great resistance by leaders of the Orthodox Church. Even with the opposition a fledgling evangelical church was planted. In the 70s, the Marxists brought a revolution and took over the country through military rule. This small church became a target of persecution and the church went underground until the early 90's when the military government was overthrown and Ethiopians once again had religious freedom. The underground church emerged as a massive multi-denominational church and has continued to grow quickly above ground. The rapid expansion of the evangelical church in Ethiopia has created the need to disciple church leaders to enable them to become solid Biblically and mature with Christ-like character.


    Our priority in Ethiopia—training and discipling underserved pastors and leadership couples to empower them to disciple others and reach the unreached in their communities. Ron is leading the Anchor Team where he is teaching, training and engaging in life-on-life discipleship in an interdenominational church-based ministry. After language learning, Diane anticipates joining Ron, especially working with leadership couples in marriage and family ministry. She is praying about other ministry opportunities as well.


    This ministry, by design, is a shared venture with individuals and churches. We believe God wants us in Ethiopia in January of 2018 and we are asking him to make it happen. We are asking you to prayerfully consider supporting us in prayer and financially. Please email or call to ask questions or for more information.


    God bless,

    Ron and Diane Gullman


    ron.gullman@efca.org 612-618-0402;

    diane.gullman@efca.org 612-618-3028


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Local Missions

We encourage everyone to serve in local missions efforts. These are also great opportunities for Small Groups to serve together. Periodically we organize groups to serve on specific dates. Below, see the local outreach opportunities that Cross of Glory currently supports.

  • food in the hood

    This is a great project for individuals or small groups to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus. Volunteers can help in a number of ways: food prep, set up, administrative, greeting guests, handling supplies, preparing meals, serving food, clean-up or help with the children's programming.


    Location: Beacon of Hope Church, 2827 Newton Ave N., Minneapolis

  • somali english and homework tutoring

    View the Arrive Ministries website for more information.


    We are fortunate to have a major international outreach program happening right here in Hopkins and Minnetonka with refugees from Somalia. The outreach is called Somali Adult Literacy Training or SALT for short. It is through Arrive Ministries, which is the new name of World Relief, a long time Christian organization helping refugees.


    SALT is asking for volunteers from Cross of Glory to give an hour each week or two to develop friendships and help others learn English. SALT now runs tutoring programs at one apartment complex in downtown Hopkins and one complex in Minnetonka on Cedar Lake Road. Tutoring is in the community rooms where volunteers sit together at tables, with a lead teacher guiding the lessons. Special training in teaching English is not required. Through this very short amount of time, volunteers can help build a bridge between two cultures, showing that we love and care about them by helping them learn how to read and write. Volunteers can also help grade school students with their homework.


    If you can help in this important ministry and are available Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:30 - 2:00 or 5:00 - 6:00 pm, please contact Theresa Swanson and Sheila Cody through the church office.

  • Reach and Restore Inc.

    View the website to learn more about Reach and Restore Inc.

  • ica foodshelf

    11588 K-Tel Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343

    View the website


    Cross of Glory Church is a Congregation Partner with The ICA Foodshelf in Minnetonka. ICA is located only .6 miles (12 minutes) from Cross of Glory Church. We help promote awareness of ICA's services, host food drives, host fundraisers and recruit volunteers. Volunteer opportunities can be for a special event, weekly help, or group events. 


    Please contact:

    Martha Rothenberger through the church office at (952) 935-3696

    OR

    Winona Kraft, Projects Coordinator

    ICA Direct: (952) 938-0729

    E-mail: winona@icafoodshelf.org


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Mission Fund Focuses

Answer the call

  • Promotion and communication expenses
  • Funds for pastoral short-term mission trip expenses
  • Short-term mission trip expenses not covered by individual participants, such as building materials, or other unforeseen expenses
  • Short-term and special interest missionary support

converge worldwide

designated ministry by location

  • Haiti relief
  • Mexico church partner support
  • Ukraine Day Camp

missionary support

Monthly financial support for individual missionaries or missionary families worldwide.