In June 2020, “Grow Mercy Initiative” was started to help families that had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The goal was to feed nutritious meals to the families affected by job loss and low-income groups, to feed about 150 kids every day. Two centres were opened. Both the centres are running well with Co-ordinators, staff and wardens. Each centre has about 50 kids coming daily from Monday through Saturday, who take home hot, nutritious meals. Many of our church members volunteer through time and resources to serve in these centres.
Crossroad Hindi Church was founded in January 2017 with a vision to reach out the Hindi speaking community in Bangalore. Ashish Chougule is pastoring this church. Ashish and his wife Naina comes from north India. Since the inception of this church, it has been growing steadily and has great potential to reach out the Hindi speaking migrant community in the city. Aashish and Naina have two children, Cyrus and Ezekiel.
Suresh and his wife, Aparna, have been members of the Crossroad Church for the past three years. They are from Andhra Pradesh, and he is a recent graduate from SAIACS. In December 2020, Suresh will be completing his two-year internship at the Crossroad Church. Crossroad Church is preparing to commission Pastor Suresh to plant a church in Vizag. Suresh and his wife, Aparna, have two sons: Joseph and Joshua.
Jackson David Walter has worked in the corporate sector for over 14 years with MNC’s like Dell, HP and ITC Infotech. After God put a burden on his heart for the state of Karnataka, he has been involved in church planting ministry. Jackson and his wife, Aruna Walter have been undergoing church planting internship since January 2020, and will complete their internship in March 2021. Pastor Jackson is a native Kannada speaker. Our church will commission them in December 2020 to start a Kannada church in North Bengaluru. Currently, they are developing their core-group. Jackson and Aruna have two children: Abigail and Joshua.
Augustine Bhasker is undergoing a hybrid internship with Crossroad Church, in which he is relaunching the church that he is presently pastoring in the city of Bengaluru, Bangalore Bible Fellowship. The relaunch will happen just a week before Easter in 2021. During his internship at our church, our church will have a significant involvement in helping them with core-group formation, worship team development, theological alignment, and leadership development. Pastor Augustine Bhasker comes with 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry.
Jayaseelan Enos and his wife Sunita are church-planting in Kolathur, Chennai. They have a hybrid internship relationship with the Crossroad Church. This relationship is for the purposes of church revitalization, relaunch, and to become a flagship church for Crossroad initiatives in Chennai and its surrounding cities. Currently, Pastor Jayaseelan oversees our pastoral non-formal training in Tamil Nadu. They are blessed with two daughters named Joanna Kathryn and Judith Kristin.
Anil Samuel is undergoing a yearlong internship with Crossroad Church. He is under online training from Bengaluru, while under practical training with Pastor Navin from Delhi. Upon the completion of his internship, Anil will plant a church among the migrant workers in North-West Delhi. Crossroad church will commission him in March 2021.
Hemant Shrestha and his wife Moneeca are being trained as church planting interns of Crossroad church. He serves as an elder in the church, Krushko Sandesh Mandali with Pastor Narayan in Nepal. They are currently heading a Bible-study, which is being well-attended and is growing. By 2021, Crossroad church will commission them towards establishing a Gospel-centered church in Bhaktapur.