GARP (German-American-Russian Partnership) is happening beginning this week! The whole Crossroads Church family can participate in three days of events.
RUSSIAN AND GERMAN MISSIONARIES COMING TO VIRGINIA JULY 8-JULY 18, 2016
This July, missionaries from the former East Germany and Russia will be making a historic trip to Dumfries, VA to work with members of Crossroads Presbyterian Church for a series of work projects in Prince William County.
Crossroads has partnered with two “sister” churches, a Baptist church in Gera, Germany, and another in Rostov-on- Don, Russia. In all, 28 Germans and 12 Russians will be coming to Northern Virginia from July 8-July 18, 2016, where they will be joined by congregants of Crossroads Church to help renovate and preserve historic cabins in Prince William Forest Park, which celebrates its 80th anniversary as a park, as well as the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System.
Past projects by the three churches include trips to Russia to help build a sanctuary for the Russian church, and to Germany to help renovate the city zoo in Gera, as well as to participate in the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This will be the first trip made to the U.S. by the German and Russian groups.
In addition to working in Prince William Forest park, the three teams will assist women in transition at the Women’s Empowerment Center, a facility operated by ACTS (Action in Community Through Service) headquartered in Dumfries. Work will include improving the appearance of the organization’s grounds and building a fence that will help keep women and children safe as they enter the facility. The group will also tour the US Capitol Building, meet Members of Congress and other governmental officials and experience an old-fashioned Virginia farm barbecue.
The goal of this unique partnership is to serve the communities where these churches live, work and play, and to promote understanding between three very different cultures that were once World War II enemies, all while demonstrating the reconciliation that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Below are highlight videos from the partnership to Germany in 2015.