The question is an important one: How can/should KSBC be involved in Crosswalk? Related questions include what path would someone take to get involved at Crosswalk? What follows is a list of ways people can be involved through vital avenues of volunteer service.
1. Pray. This may seem like the obvious being stated, but we do not take this lightly. Crosswalk is dependent on the prayers of God’s people at KSBC. We need a committed team of prayer partners!
2. Give generously to KSBC with your regular tithes and offerings and to the 2013 year-end offering which will be dedicated to retiring debt that was taken on to get Crosswalk moving forward.
3. Adopt...a suite, a room, or a resident! Adopting a suite, room or resident would include:
- Praying for the residents of that suite, room or individual (this would involve knowing them by name and a little bit about them: where they are from, what they study, some of their interests)
- Creatively interacting with them periodically (having them over for a meal, game night, etc.)
- Taking a personal interest in them, as they demonstrate desire to do so.
4. Encourage/support with prayer and befriend Crosswalk’s Resident Life Manager (RLM), Cally Burnside.
5. Give rides to church each Sunday. Connecting with students relationally while going to and from church is an important avenue of service. There are international students/scholars who, even though they do not yet believe in Jesus, want to attend the International Connection Group and the morning worship at KSBC each Sunday. By giving an international student/scholar a ride to church, you could be the next link in the chain that furthers the student/scholar’s understanding of the Gospel. Would you consider being a part of God’s work in this way?
6. Be on a “Practical Services” volunteer list. These “practical services” would include things like: taking a student to a doctor’s visit, teaching a student how to drive, helping a student through the driver’s license experience, etc.
7. Be on an “Event Volunteer” list. This list would include: weekly shopping trips and other regularly scheduled events scheduled to promote community among the Crosswalk residents. Involvement in this area is according to the volunteer’s availability
8. Be a “Welcome/Move-in Volunteer.” This would involve: helping the student register, get their room assignment, carrying luggage and/or the provision of and service of refreshments.
9. Provide Crosswalk goodie bags (or box). Ideas of what to include: wrapped Rice Krispie treats, granola bars, Ramen noodles, Crosswalk pen, a laminated list of important phone numbers (bookmark or magnet...this could be prepared by/provided by KSBC), Lafayette/West Lafayette Visitor booklet, coupons to local businesses, restaurants, list of helpful websites, including TV18.