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John Roy and Jessica
Pastor Joe was in Australia in 2006 where he preached in several churches, spoke at a Crossfire youth and young adult conference and connected with several pastors.
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Pastor Jose Ricardo Pop
In 2013 while Pastor Joe, Gina and Pastor Solomon were in Guatemala, Pastor Pop met with Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon about a group of churches in Belmopan who are interested in Crossfire. Pastor Pop has met with these pastors and is beginning to work with these churches. We will add new pictures and more information as Crossfire grows and expands in Belize.
Pastor Joe and a team from El Salvador plan to visit Belize in the fall of 2014. During this trip the team plans to lead the first Crusades, train pastors in starting Crossfire cell groups and implement Crossfire in new churches.
Crossfire expanded into Cambodia in 2010 during Pastor Joe and Ginas first trip to Southeast Asia. After meeting with pastors in Thailand, and finishing the Thailand camp, Pastor Joe and Gina traveled with Pastor Apichat to Cambodia. Pastor Joe and Pastor Apichat presented Crossfire to 20 pastors, trained these pastors, and implemented Crossfire in these churches. Pastor Petros Kong was one of these pastors and he has since become the Crossfire National Director in Cambodia.
Pastor Apichat, the National Director of Crossfire Thailand, and Regional Overseer of the Crossfires of South East Asia is working with Pastor Petros and the churches in Cambodia to start the first Crossfire Cambodia Camps. Pastor Petros is now translating the Crossfire Cell Lessons into Cambodian, and is working to expand Crossfire into many new churches in Cambodia.
Pastor Herbert Molina
Crossfire Costa Rica is an expansion out of Crossfire El Salvador. While on a mission trip in September and October of 2013 to El Salvador, Pastor Joe and Gina connected with pastor Herbert Molina. Pastor Molina works close with Pastor Solomon Gonzales. Pastor Herbert has just relocated to Costa Rica, and currently he is making connections with pastors and is helping set up Crossfire in new churches in Costa Rica.
Pastor Elias Solomon Gonzales Martinez
Soya Pango, El Salvador
Crossfire in El Salvador is led by our national director, Pastor Solomon Gonzales. In 2008, Pastor Joe was on a mission trip to El Salvador where the Lord connected him with Pastor Solomon, and they started Crossfire in his church, Aposento de Jesucristo. Since 2008, Crossfire has expanded into the Aposento de JesuCristo churches and about 25 other churches of different denominations in San Salvador, Soya Pango, Ilapango, and Santa Cruz Michappa. Pastor Joe and Gina will be operating Crossfire International out of El Salvador for the next few years. During this time they will be working close with Pastor Solomon to expand Crossfire into more churches across the departments (states) of El Salvador, across the other countries of Central America, and into South America. Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon will also work to broaden the annual Crossfire evangelistic crusades into multi-day events that include many more churches. We also plan to move these annual crusades to the summer, invite teams from the United States and from Crossfires around the world, and have crusades meet simultaniously in multiple locations across El Salvador.
In 2012, we began to have annual Crossfire evangelistic crusades in Soya Pango. Though these crusades, hundreds of youth and young adults have accepted Christ including gang members. The Crossfire cell groups meet weekly in homes, churches, and public places across El Salvador. Weekly, we see youth and young adults accept Christ through these cell groups. The Crossfire that is active in Aposento de Jesucristo Church has a strong team of cell leaders and growing cell groups. Leaders from this strong leadership team will accompany Pastor Solomon and Pastor Joe on future trips across El Salvador, and Central America to help train new leaders in new churches.
Pastor Jose Eduardo Pop
Crossfire Guatemala started in 2012 when Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon Gonzales, national director of Crossfire El Salvador traveled with a team to Chimaltenango Guatemala. Chimaltenango is an impoverished area in the mountains north west of Guatemala City. Pastor Jose Eduardo Pop oversees the “Iglesia Pentecostes Efeseo 6:17” churches which is a group of 15 churches in Guatemala City, and Chimaltenango. Pastor Joe, Pastor Solomon and their team presented Crossfire to these pastors, trained these pastors, and a team of youth and young adults and started several new cell groups in Chimaltenengo and Guatemala City.
Pastor Joe, Gina and Pastor Solomon returned to Guatemala in the fall of 2013 where they led the first annual Crossfire Guatemala Crusade. There were several new churches who were a part of this crusade, and the alter was full of youth and young adults who accepted Christ. They plan to return to Guatemala annually over the next few years to lead crusades, train new leaders and start new cell groups. Pastor Solomon plans to bring teams of youth and young adults from Crossfire El Salvador to help train leaders in Guatemala as well.
Pastor Joe, and Pastor Solomon (National director of Crossfire El Salvador) led a mission trip to Choluteca, Honduras and Managua, Nicaragua April of 2015. During this trip Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon presented Crossfire to a network of pastors in Choluteca, and implemented Crossfire in several churches. Pastor Joe returned to Choluteca Honduras September of 2015 with a team of Crossfire El Salvador leaders where they trained about 100 new Crossfire pastors, cell leaders and assistants from 8 new churches in Choluteca and Hato Nuevo.
During our mission to Choluteca September 2015 Pastor Joe and a team of Crossfire leaders from El Salvador directed the first Crossfire Honduras crusade, this crusade took place in a rural area Hato Nuevo outside of Choluteca. We directed teams of Crossfire Honduras leaders in evangelism in the streets of Hato Nuevo before the crusades and during the crusade itself we saw close to 400 youth and young adults come. 200 came from the churches that have crossfire and the other 200 came off the streets, we saw over 300 youth and young adults accept Christ in this first crusade. The Crossfire Honduras cell groups are now meeting weekly in homes and churches across Choluteca and Hato Nuevo. We plan to return to Honduras again in 2016 to lead Crossfire crusades, train new leaders and expand Crossfire into new churches.
Crossfire was first in India in 2008 when Pastor Joe and a team of Crossfire leaders traveled from the U.S. to Hyderabad, India where they led a Crossfire India Crusade with close to 1000 youth in attendance. There were about 600 youth who accepted Christ at this crusade, and close to 500 who were filled with the Holy Spirit. During that trip more than 50 leaders were trained to lead Crossfire Cell Groups in the churches.
In 2011 while on a Crossfire Mission Trip to the Middle East, while in Egypt, Pastor Joe and Gina connected with another group of pastors from Northern India. In 2014 the Lord opened opportunities for Crossfire to expand in Andhra Pradesh with Pastor Santhosh and his network of churches. Pastor Joe remaines in contact with these pastors starting Crossfire Cell Groups, and forwarding the Crossfire Lessons to new leaders in various locations.
Beer Sheva Israel
Crossfire is active in Spanish speaking Messianic Congregations in Southern Israel. During a mission trip to Israel and Jordan in 2011, Pastor Joe and Gina connected with Pastor Javier who is an Argentinean Jew. Pastor Javier leads a Spanish speaking Messianic Congregation in Southern Israel, and he invited us to implement Crossfire in his church. Pastor Javier has since connected Crossfire International with other spanish speaking messianic congregations in Southern Israel.
Crossfire Israel has several youth and young adult cell groups that meet in homes and churches weekly. We continue to work close with Pastor Javier, sending him cell lessons and leadership training materials in Spanish on an ongoing basis. Through Crossfire in Israel we have seen several youth accept Christ, as well as leaders raised up to help strengthen these churches in the Holy Land.
During a missions trip to the Middle East in April of 2011 Pastor Joe and Gina traveled to Israel, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. While in Jordan the Lord led Pastor Joe and Gina to a city in Central Jordan where they were directed by a Christian who worked at a hotel to one of the underground churches. Pastor Joe and Gina went to the church, connected with the pastors and another pastor from Egypt, presented Crossfire to them, and gave them notebooks of Crossfire training materials and cell lessons.
Pastor Joe has also presented Crossfire to new leaders in Jordan through Skype, and taught them how to do the Crossfire Cell Groups, and continues to communicate with these leaders in this restricted part of the world.
Crossfire in Kazakhstan was started in 2011 when Pastor Joe and a team traveled from Russia to Kazakhstan. While in northern Kazakhstan Pastor Joe and his team met with the pastors of a church that meets underground. Pastor Joe trained these pastors and leaders on how to do Crossfire, and led the first Crossfire Kazakhstan Cell Group.
Since 2011 Pastor Joe has led annual Crossfire Kazakhstan crusades through skype, trained new leaders, and led new cell groups. The Cell Groups in Kazakstan continue to meet successfully underground in homes.
Pastor Meshack Mwai Nditri
Crossfire in Kenya is active in churches across Kenya, as well as we have student led cell groups on campuses in over 230 high schools and colleges in different parts of Kenya. Crossfire began in Kenya January of 2008 after the Lord connected Pastor Mwaii and Pastor Joe when Pastor Mwaii came to the United States to see Crossfire active in schools and universities. After Pastor Mwaii visited several Crossfire cell groups in homes and schools in the United States he asked pastor Joe to help him start Crossfire in schools across Kenya. Crossfire in Kenya initially started as student led cell groups at boarding schools, but grew to be implemented in churches across Kenya as well. During a Crossfire Mission trip to Kenya and Uganda in 2010 Pastor Joe and his team led several Crossfire evangelistic crusades with several thousand in attendance. There were over 2000 youth and young adults who accept Christ during these crusades. There were also about 100 new pastors and cell leaders that were trained, and Crossfire was implemented in many of their churches and schools as well. Through Crossfire Kenya Crossfire has expanded to churches and schools in Uganda and Tanzania, and Pastor Mwaii also serves as the regional overseer of Crossfire in East Africa.
Since 2010 Crossfire in Kenya has led annual evangelistic crusades, these crusades are on high school and college campuses, and have also met in the open air. Each year hundreds of youth and young adults have accepted Christ during these crusades. The Crossfire Cell Groups meet weekly in around 230 schools and churches across Kenya. The Pastors, Zone leaders, and Cell leaders come together regularly at the Crossfire Kenya offices in Nairobi to pray, plan and strategize on reaching more youth and young adults for Christ.
Crossfire began in Laos in April of 2013 when Pastor Joe and Pastor Apichat the national director of Crossfire Thailand traveled with a group of Crossfire Thailand leaders into western Laos. They met with a group of underground pastors, listened to their stories, shared Crossfire with them, and implemented Crossfire in their churches. The pastors were given Crossfire lessons and notebooks in Thai, and one of the pastors there plans to help translate the Crossfire Cell lessons and materials from Thai to the Lao language.
The Crossfire cell groups are beginning to meet in these churches, and we have plans to invite youth and young adults from Crossfire in Laos to cross the border into Thailand to participate in one of our Crossfire Thailand camps in northern Thailand in the future.
Crossfire began in Myanmar April of 2013 when Pastor Joe and Pastor Apichat the national director of Crossfire in Thailand traveled with a group of Crossfire Thailand leaders into Eastern Myanmar. Pastor Joe, Pastor Apichat and their team presented Crossfire to a group of Bible School students and underground pastors, trained these leaders, and implemented Crossfire in these churches. These pastors and leaders were given Crossfire lessons and notebooks in Thai and in english and one of the Bible school students who speaks English and the Burmese language will help translate the Crossfire lessons and materials into Burmese.
The Crossfire Cell Groups are beginning to meet in these churches, and we have plans to invite youth and young adults from Crossfire in Myanmar to cross the border into Thailand to participate in one of our Crossfire Thailand camps in northern Thailand in the future along with the youth who will come from Crossfire in Laos.
Pastor Joe was in New Zealand in 2006 where he preached in several churches, spoke at a a Crossfire youth and young adult conference and connected with several pastors.
We will be posting updated information soon
Pastor Joe, and Pastor Solomon (National director of Crossfire El Salvador) led a mission trip to Choluteca, Honduras and Managua, Nicaragua April of 2015. During this trip Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon presented Crossfire to a network of pastors in Managua, and implemented Crossfire in several churches. Pastor Joe and a team of leaders form Crossfire El Salvador returned to Nicaragua September of 2015 where they trained and implemented Crossfire in a new network of churches in Masaya Nicaragua further expanding Crossfire in Nicaragua into new areas.
The churches that are now working with Crossfire in Nicaragua have started weekly Crossfire cell groups that are now meeting in several of their churches and homes in Managua and in Masaya. We led the first Crossfire Nicaragua evangelistic crusade September of 2015 and are planning to return to Nicaragua again in 2016 to lead Crossfire Crusades, train new pastors and leaders and implement Crossfire in new churches in Masaya.
Crossfire began in Pakistan in 2012 after Pastor Joe connected with Pastor Emmanuel, a pastor who came to the United States to escape persecution because of his ministry in Pakistan. Pastor Joe trained these pastors and leaders in Pakistan through Skype, and Crossfire was implemented in these churches in Pakistan.
The Crossfire Cell Groups continue to meet regularly in secret in homes in Pakistan. Pastor Joe and Pastor Emmanuel regularly communicate with the leaders of Crossfire in Pakistan through Skype, and continue to strategize together on reaching more youth and young adults through Crossfire in this dangerous part of the world.
Pastor Carlos Phillips
Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon met with and trained Pastor Carlos Phillips of Panama City January of 2016 and Pastor Phillips is now initiating Crossfire Cell Groups in his churches in Panama City.
Pastor Joe and Pastor Solomon are beginning discussions on the timing of future mission trips from El Salvador to Panama to work with Pastor Carlos Phillips and his churches to direct Crossfire crusades, camps, implement Crossfire in new churches, start new cell groups and raise up new Crossfire leaders.
Maria Chona Noynay
Crossfire in the Philippines was our first Crossfire that we started internationally. During a missions trip Pastor Joe went on in April of 2007, God connected Pastor Joe with a group of churches on the Muslim island of Mindanao. After preaching at a youth camp and in several churches in the mountains, Pastor Joe was asked by these pastors to set Crossfire up in their churches. Since this time Crossfire has expanded and is now active in close to 100 churches across the islands of Mindanao, Bohol, and Visayas. Pastor Joe, Gina and a Youth Pastor from Crossfire Thailand returned to the Philippines April of 2013 to lead the annual Crossfire Philippines Camp, this camp drew more than 200 youth from the 3 islands. Along with the Crossfire Philippines camp, Pastor Joe and the team trained new pastors and leaders implementing Crossfire in 20 new churches, and trained about 50 new cell leaders and assistants.
The Crossfire Philippines camps began in 2010, and these camps have grown each year since. Hundreds of youth and young adults have accepted Christ through the Crossfire Philippines Camps and cell groups. Over the years many of these youth and young adults who accepted Christ have gone on to start their own Crossfire Cell Groups, become worship leaders, and be trained for ministry. The Crossfire Cell Groups in the Philippines meet weekly in these churches across the islands of Mindanao, Bohol and Visayas. Crossfire Philippines also leads a feeding outreach in the impoverished areas of Mindanao.
Crossfire in Russia is active in Word of Life Church led by Pastor Misha and an Assemblies of God church led by Pastor Serge in Balakova. Pastor Joe first traveled to Russia in March of 2000 and preached at youth conferences in the cities of Saratov and Balakova. During these conferences, Pastor Joe met Pastor Misha, and in 2008, Pastor Misha came to the United States and reconnected with Pastor Joe. Pastor Misha spoke at several Crossfire cell groups in homes and college campuses in the U.S., and then invited Pastor Joe to implement Crossfire in his church in Russia. Crossfire continues to expand reaching more youth and young adults and training many young people to be leaders in these churches in Russia. Pastor Misha has also helped us expand Crossfire into churches in Kazakhstan, Israel, and Jordan as well.
Pastor Joe and a Crossfire team returned to Russia, and also went to Kazakhstan in 2011. During this trip we led the first Crossfire Russia Crusade, trained Crossfire Cell leaders and assistants, and implemented Crossfire in new churches. There were many youth and young adults who accepted Christ during this crusade. Crossfire Russia Cell Groups continue to meet each week in homes, and our Crossfire lessons are translated into Russian by a leader in Word of Life Church.
Pastor Mishek Mwaii Nditri (Regional overseer of Crossfire in East Africa)
Dar es Salaam
Crossfire Tanzania is an expansion of Crossfire Kenya. In 2011 Pastor Mwaii traveled to the city of Dar es Salaam to present Crossfire to new pastors. During this trip Pastor Mwaii trained many new pastors and leaders, and implemented Crossfire in 15 new churches, and about 30 new schools. Pastor Mwaii had to register Crossfire with the Tanzanian government, and in order to have Crossfire cell groups in schools in Tanzania, the Crossfire lessons have to be translated and approved by a government appointed translator.
Crossfire Cell Groups meet weekly in schools, homes, and churches in Dar es Salaam, and surrounding areas. Pastor Mwaii has visited Tanzania several times for ongoing Crossfire leadership training and to visit the cell groups in the schools and churches. Pastor Mwaii and the Crossfire team in Kenya plan to expand the Evangelistic crusades into Tanzania as well as Uganda.
Pastor Apichat Kalawantawanawich
Crossfire International is active in churches across Thailand. Pastor Apichat is the national director of Crossfire Thailand as well as the overseer of the Unity of Faith Christian Churches. Crossfire is active in all of these churches as well as in about 100 churches of several other denominations. Our Crossfire Thailand staff regularly visits new churches across Thailand, hosting Crossfire training seminars for pastors and local church implementation. Through the Crossfire cell groups in these churches, we regularly receive testimonies of youth and young adults accepting Christ. In addition, Crossfire Thailand has a Christian music label called “Crossfire Music”. Crossfire Music produces albums of contemporary Christian music and videos that are sold to help raise funds for the Crossfire Thailand camps across Thailand. Pastor Apichat also serves as the regional overseer for Crossfire across South East Asia, and Crossfire Thailand serves as the model that is reproduced in churches across South East Asia.
Crossfire Thailand has had several annual camps across Thailand in varying locations since 2010. The Crossfire Thailand leadership team has led several camps in the Rayong provence, city of Kou Ja Pau, tribal areas of Karen in Southern Thailand, and in Chang Rai with the Lahu Tribe in the far north of Thailand. Through these Crossfire Thailand camps, thousands of youth have attended, and over 1000 youth have accepted Christ as their Savior. Every week Crossfire cell groups meet in homes, churches, and schools all across Thailand.
Pastor Mwaii, and Bishop Silas
Crossfire in Uganda is an expansion out of Crossfire Kenya. In 2010 during a Crossfire International mission trip to Kenya and Uganda Pastor Joe and his team traveled with Pastor Mwaiii (National director of Crossfire Kenya) to Busia, Uganda. Pastor Joe presented Crossfire to a group of pastors and leaders from eastern Uganda. Pastor Joe, Pastor Mwaii and their team then trained these pastors and leaders, and implemented Crossfire in these ten churches in Uganda.
Pastor Mwaii also serves as the regional overseer of Crossfire in East Africa. Pastor Mwaiii visits Uganda periodically and regularly communicates with the Crossfire Uganda leaders. Pastor Mwaii also sends these leaders ongoing Crossfire cell lessons, leadership training, and he receives regular reports. Pastor Mwaii and the Crossfire team in Kenya plan to expand the evangelistic crusades into Uganda as well as into Tanzania.
Crossfire in the United States is where Crossfire International began. Pastor Joe served as the youth and young adult pastor for 16 years starting the first Crossfire at Judah Christian Community church. Crossfire began with one cell group in one church and steadily grew through the years, expanding into neighborhoods, high schools and colleges across central and south east Ohio. Pastor Joe began to take teams of Judah Crossfire young adult leaders on missions trips around the world. In April of 2007 while on a mission trip to Mindanao Philippines, a group of pastors asked Pastor Joe to implement the Crossfire structure in their churches, this is when Crossfire International was born. For the next six years Pastor Joe continued to be the youth and young adult pastor leading the Crossfire at Judah, as well as leading Crossfire International. Crossfire International continued to expand, and Pastor Joe continued to receive more and more invitations from Pastors around the world to come and set Crossfire up in their churches. After several years of leading both ministries Pastor Joe and Gina sensed the Lord leading them to relocate to El Salvador and lead Crossfire International from El Salvador with a special focus on Central and South America for a few years. Pastor Joe trained Lewis and Micaela Jones to take over the leadership of the Crossfire at Judah. Lewis and Micaela both committed their lives to Christ through Crossfire years ago, they went on to lead their own cell groups, they served faithfully as leaders, and were also a part of Crossfire International missions trips, and they took over leading the Crossfire at Judah April of 2013
Crossfire in the United States has for years done annual summer and winter camps, bonfires, evangelism nights, work days, Crossfire youth and young adult sundays, benefit concerts, International mission trips, and may fundraisers for the ministry. The Crossfire cell groups over the years have been active through several churches in homes, high schools and colleges in Ohio, California, Tennessee,Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
In August of 2008 Pastor Joe and a team of Crossfire leaders from the United States stopped in Frankfurt Germany for a night while on their way to India. While they were visiting Frankfurt they met a team of Venezuelan missionaries who were ministering in the streets. Engly was a part of this team, and in December of 2013 Pastor Joe was contacted by Engly. In March of 2014 we officially started Crossfire in northern Venezuela with Engly as our first leader there.
Crossfire cell groups are now being implemented in new churches in Venezuela. In April of 2015 Pastor Joe and a team from El Salvador will be traveling to Peru, Columbia and Venezuela and on this trip they plan to lead the first Crossfire evangeistic crusades, Pastors training and local church Crossfire implementation.