Scott Powell, a member of Crossroads Community Church had been walking the streets of downtown Portland, praying for the Lord to guide him to where and how he wanted him to serve in downtown Portland, and specifically, in the low-income communities. Scott and his family had served in other countries, doing missionary work, and now, as members of Crossroads in Vancouver, Washington, he felt drawn to the streets of downtown Portland, and called out for direction.
After his prayer-walk, at home he got on his computer, typed in a couple words to search for help, and up popped HOTEL Ministry. Scott combed the entire website, watched the video, and then emailed me to say, in effect, “I’m in! This is what I need to be doing!”
Later that week, Scott went on visitations with me at one of our buildings, and thus began his training for HOTEL Ministry. Immediately, he contacted his Missions Pastor Ralph Cassel and Larry Steckman, and they too began their immersion into the depths of Hotel experiences, visiting with several teams in different locations, participating in Bible studies, and several dinners and concerts.
Crossroads wasted no time in prayerfully committing themselves to HOTEL Ministry, and working to initiate and train team members, and put together their plan. On September 24th they put on their first Dinner Concert at the 1200 Building in downtown Portland. The manager of the building graciously offered to make posters for the dinner, and ended up making five posters, in five different languages! The residents were treated to a spaghetti dinner and Big Band music! Of their 90 residents, 75% are elderly, and they loved the music!
Crossroads people are servants — that much is apparent! They personify Jesus! They have faith, they ask direction, they pray, and they move out! I love these guys, and I love their earnest and genuine servants hearts! God bless them in marvelous and creative ways, as they join arms with us in our quest to reach every low-income building in downtown Portland with the Love of Christ!