This past weekend, my family and I spent a lot of hours on the road. Friday afternoon we picked the kids up from school and drove to Norman, OK because, if you have the chance to stop for the night somewhere that shares your name, you simply stop.
Saturday morning, we finished the drive into Wichita – specifically into Bel Aire, KS. We have been planning this trip for sometime with the intention of preaching at Crossroads Friends Church.
We were blown away with the heart and vision of the elders, and all that they have accomplished in the past 3 years under the leadership of the elders and Pastor Jeff. Pastor Jeff and his wife Jana were gracious enough to allow my family to stay in their basement on their property where my kids had the opportunity to play tether-ball and kayak on their pond.
Sunday morning was incredible, and their worship team did a great job. Their heart is clearly to reach those apart from Christ and lead them to becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. The highlight (for my kids anyway) was the bounce-house in the school where they meet.
We were blown away by Crossroads’ impact on their community Sunday night at their Ice Cream Festival in the Park. I don’t know if anyone would have been able to get an accurate headcount, but I would conservatively estimate over 300 people from their community coming out! It was awesome!
We drove 12 hours Monday back to Austin, but we still managed to sneak over to Eskimo Joe’s in Stillwater, OK for lunch. We’d simply seen too many t-shirts not to.
We’re back in Austin now, but I hope to make another trip to Wichita soon to visit again.