CROSSOVER is the short-term missions programme of the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission
for Next Generation Chinese Christians in the United Kingdom.

CROSSOVER is the short-term missions programme of the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission 

for Next Generation Chinese Christians in the United Kingdom.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The dates of this trip have been changed from 1st-11th September, 2017 to 25th August-4th September, 2017 

In a world that applauds selfish ambition and materialistic indulgence, you will learn to live selflessly as a missionary for ten days and experience how God can use you to bless others.  You will be invited to live as a radical disciple of Jesus Christ and return home with a renewed faith, greater confidence, and a lifestyle of service.


Croatia?

What comes to mind when you hear the name “Croatia”?  Celebrities vacationing in posh resorts? Former Eastern Bloc? Yugoslav Wars? Backward economy?


The Republic of Croatia is a small country situated between the Mediterranean Sea and Central Europe. It was one of the republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It became independent in 1991, and joined the European Union in 2013.


Since the conclusion of the Croatian War of Independence, tourism has grown rapidly with more than 11 million visitors showing up each year. The bulk of the tourist industry is concentrated along the Adriatic Sea coast that is endowed with more than a thousand islands.


Freedom of religion is a right defined by the Croatian Constitution which also defines all religious communities as equal before the law and separated from the state.  However, nine out of ten Croatians identify themselves as Roman Catholic. The majority of these - sadly - have no understanding of the gospel or a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

What will I be doing?

You will get a taste of missionary life as you share God’s love in Croatia.  You will be part of a team ministering the gospel to a Roma village through prayer walks, visitation, evangelism, sports, music, teaching English, church service, and children’s work.  Ministry will be conducted in English, translated into Croatian by local Christians.


You will fly into Budapest, Hungary and make a 3-hour journey by car to Osijek (pronounced O-SEE-YEK). Accommodations will be provided in a small hotel with flush toilets and private showers.  The neighbourhood is quite safe and the leaders will make every effort to ensure your well-being. 

A small evangelical congregation, the Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Darda, will be hosting and organising ministry opportunities for your team.


You and your teammates may get to cook some of your meals and, at other times, sample local cuisines in restaurants.  Drinking water will be of the bottled variety.

There will also be time to do some sightseeing and experience the local culture.  


Who are the Roma?

The Roma (or Romani, but not to be confused with Romans or Romanians!) are of North Indian descent and known in English-speaking countries as “gypsies”.  There is an estimated 10 million Roma living in Europe.

 

Historically, the Roma have often been mistreated and marginalised.  They were forced into slavery in medieval Europe, and up to half a million Roma were exterminated by the Nazis during WWII.  Poor health, joblessness, poor living standards, lack of education and discrimination are endemic among the Roma.

 

Though often poverty-stricken, you will discover the Roma to be a warm and generous people, and spiritually receptive.

 

How much will it cost?

The Team Fee of £425 covers your training, room & board during the trip, ground transportation, and ministry materials.  The airfare will be approximately £200.  We require your home church to cover your Team Fee and airfare up front.  Subsequent financial support you receive (from supporters’ and your own contribution) should be made payable to your home church.


As part of the training and missionary experience, you will be required to raise prayer and financial support from Christian friends and relatives, even if you could pay for yourself.  This is not to be confused with “begging” but an invitation to other Christian believers to join in the endeavour.  You will be surprised how many people are thankful for the opportunity!


How will I get there?

The missionary team will fly from London into Budapest, Hungary.   Once there the team will travel to and from Osijek by rental van.  The return flight will be from Budapest to London.


You are responsible for your own transport to and from the airport in London. The exact airport will be determined later.


Do I qualify?

If you are at least 16 years of age, a serious Christian, teachable, have some ministry or missions experience, willing to serve alongside others and to step outside your comfort zone, you are welcome to apply.


Once accepted onto the team, you will be required to attend training sessions at the COCM Centre in Milton Keynes.  Training dates are to be determined.   Most of the training will be held on the week prior to the trip (18th-24th August).


How do I sign up?

Complete the online application form here.  Once accepted on the team you will need to fill out an additional consent form.


The application deadline is 1st June, 2017.  Space is limited, so please apply soon!