Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ Matthew 25:44-45
"How can we cross over the divide that separates us from God and separates us one from another? How can we bring the resources of the privileged to bear upon the lives of the least among us? How can we show the love of God to His people?" These are questions that Buddy and Cullen frequently discussed during the early months of 1982. Finally, one day in the halls of Third Presbyterian Church, the two men agreed to take action...and CrossOver Healthcare Ministry was born.
On a bright Saturday in November 1983 at the Word of Life Church at 106 E. Broad Street, Dr. Cullen B. Rivers and his "assistant," Reverend Judson (Buddy) Childress, treated the first patients of CrossOver Healthcare Ministry. Their sole resources were a bare light bulb hung from a cord and a sheet for privacy. Fortunately, they brought along their talent and their commitment to living the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It wasn't long before word about CrossOver and its mission to help the poor reached the community. Suburbanites were excited about a Christian outreach to the inner city. Unsolicited dollars began to pour in from churches and from individuals-- enough to keep the ministry vital, but never enough to meet the tremendous need for clothing, shelter, food and medical care that plagued the impoverished neighborhoods of Richmond.
Originally, CrossOver furnished free legal assistance, help with rent and heating bills, clothing, and medical care to needy individuals and families. The ministry focused on the low- income Church Hill neighborhoods and demand for assistance offered by the ministry quickly snowballed. Buddy and Cullen remember shutting down operations for a day to pray that funding and other resources would continue.
The founders soon came to understand that health care was a "foot in the door" -- a first step in assessing other life needs-- and CrossOver began the transition to a medical ministry. A large contingent of volunteer nurses and doctors were inspired to join in the work. Because of their continued volunteerism, in fiscal year 2012-2013 CrossOver reached 45,000 annual patient visits.
We are called to provide high quality healthcare, promote wellness, and connect community talents and resources with people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.
A healthy, vibrant community where every person is restored by the compassionate, healing love of God.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Jesus said: ‘4 man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him, ‘he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:30-37
Being honest and trustworthy, we create a safe environment where we are all good stewards of ministry resources.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25
Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Creating unity with humility through teamwork, we help, encourage, and affirm one another.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently, if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12: 4-7
Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ''Son, your sins are forgiven." Mark 2:3-5