Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Guess who's here?

Guess who's here?
Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
Isabella Tess Hooten
Born June 26, 2005
Oklahoma City

Proud Parents
Doug and Judy

Psalm 37
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. 6 He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Dirt today, concrete tomorrow

Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
After months and months, planning and replanning, zoning battles ... and with prayer and trust in God all along the way, dirt has broken for the new Rock Island, across the street from Cross & Crown on the SW corner of NW 9th and McKinley.

It's the first new construction this neighborhood has seen for a generation or two.

Thanks to Urban Contractors for the dirtwork. The slab will be poured on Tuesday, June 28.

Praise God.

The plan is to build the two story structure to house a children and youth ministry for the youth in the neighborhood.

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven ...
a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecc. 3

Sunday, June 26, 2005


Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
Enjoy these pictures of The Underground, Rock Island's summer youth program.

Paint, a slide, a concrete floor (that's easy to clean from sticky messes), cool colors, theatre seating, a wall full of video games, an area to serve lunch and snacks ... the work that transformed the basement of Cross & Crown into this safe and super fun haven for kids.

It's open Mon - Wed from 11:30 - 3:00 pm.

At least 40 kids come everyday!


Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
From Psalm 27

The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid?

Theatre style seating!

Theatre style seating!
Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
Featured movie: Finding Nemo


Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.

Raise Your Hand!

Raise Your Hand!
Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
Is there anything you are afraid of?


Remember this ...
"I command you – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Thursday, June 23, 2005


Chandy tells this story about the way her day ended at the mission yesterday.

She helps run the children's program during the summer. On average, about 45 kids a day are coming to the "Underground" for lunch, Bible study, connect time, and playing.

More about that cool program later, this story has to do with potatoes, or maybe gold.

A Food Bank delivery yesterday afternoon included sacks of potatoes that needed to be distributed quickly (because they were close to rotten).

The potatoes were offered to the kids going home. Some took a couple in each hand. Some hauled off five pound bags.

One five year old boy dragged two bags all of the way home. How many times have I dumped a potatoe from my well-stocked pantry because of a sprout or because it was a little too soft?

Potatoes or gold?

Chandy was left with the image of standing at the corner of 9th and McKinley watching kids walk home in every direction, with their gifts of potatoes to their families.

..."If you have food, share it with those who are hungry." Luke 3:11

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Don and Martha have been back for more than a month, but it's hard to get them to sit down to get all of the details of their trip because they never take a break from serving others in Jesus' name. They are back here at the mission, serving and ministering to those they love.

We have heard that it was a God breathed journey. His presence was felt through their protection, and in the many ways they ministered to men, women and children while they were in Liberia. Praise God.

One story involves how a gift of a 100-pound bag of rice helped get medical treatment for an orphan who was living with a family that already had five children.

There are other stories of orphans who were sleeping on concrete with only a thin piece of cotton for padding and cover. Those children now have mattresses.

Talk to Martha and Don about the plan for the new church building, medical clinic and orphanage and how you can help.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

New Numbers from the Census Bureau

It seems relevant to share the following information released today (June 9) by the US Census Bureau ...

Hispanic Population Passes 40 Million,
Census Bureau Reports

The nation’s Hispanic population reached 41.3 million as of July 1, 2004, according to national estimates by race, Hispanic origin and age released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Hispanics, who may be of any race, accounted for about one-half of the national population growth of 2.9 million between July 1, 2003, and July 1, 2004. The Hispanic growth rate of 3.6 percent over the 12-month period was more than three times that of the total population (1.0 percent).

The Census Bureau estimates the number of Asians in the United States at 14.0 million, up 3.4 percent. (Unless otherwise specified, the data refer to the population who reported a race alone or in combination with one or more other races. The tables show data for both this group and those who reported a single race only.)

Following Asians in rate of growth were native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders (1.7 percent, to 980,000), blacks (1.3 percent, to 39.2 million), American Indians and Alaska natives (1.0 percent, to 4.4 million) and whites (0.8 percent, to 239.9 million). The population of non-Hispanic whites who indicated no other race increased 0.3 percent, to 197.8 million. (See Table 1. Excel | PDF)

The total number of preschoolers (under age 5) in the United States in 2004 was estimated at 20.1 million. Nationally, 7 percent of the population was under age 5. By race and Hispanic origin, this proportion ranged from almost 11 percent for Hispanics to 6 percent for single-race non-Hispanic whites and for American Indians and Alaska natives. (See Table 2. Excel | PDF)

Meanwhile, the number of elementary school-age (5 through 13) children in the nation totaled 36.4 million. Nationwide, 12 percent were in this age group, with the corresponding proportion ranging from 17 percent for native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders and Hispanics to 11 percent for single-race non-Hispanic whites.

There were 16.8 million high school-age (14 through 17) children. Children in this age group comprised 6 percent of the total population. The proportion of people in this age group ranged from almost 8 percent of American Indians and Alaska natives and native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders to 5 percent of single-race non-Hispanic whites.

Other highlights:

Working-age adults (18- to 64-year-olds) totaled 184.0 million. Nationally, 63 percent were in this age range. The proportion who were members of this age group ranged from 66 percent for Asians to 61 percent for blacks and Hispanics.

There were 36.3 million people age 65 and over. Nationally, 12 percent of the total population was 65 years and over, with the corresponding proportion ranging from 15 percent for single-race non-Hispanic whites to 5 percent for Hispanics.

A total of 4.9 million people were in the “oldest old” category (age 85 and over). Almost 2 percent of the total population was a member of this age group, ranging from slightly more than 2 percent of non-Hispanic whites reporting only one race to about one-half of 1 percent of Hispanics.