After three years as the Chef at CrossRoads, I have decided that it is time for me to transition into the next step of my career. God is always good, and after much prayer and discussion with Hannah, I accepted the position as the Head Chef for Graze on Main in Wytheville VA.
I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to serve the hundreds of guests and young people over the past few years. I will deeply miss the relationships that have been developed at CrossRoads. I am thankful for each and every guest group, volunteer, summer camper, summer staff and counselor, and CrossRoads and WMUV staff member that I have had the pleasure to work with and serve over the years. I am grateful to CrossRoads and the Women’s Missionary Union of Virginia for mentoring and encouraging me in this position. Before I came to CrossRoads, I was fresh out of Culinary School working as a line cook. I was looking for the one organization that would take a chance on me, and I am eternally grateful to CrossRoads and the WMUV for taking that chance. I’ve become a better Chef, leader, and manager because of my experiences in this role, and I will be able to take these key tools with me in this new adventure.
“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” -author unknown
I wish CrossRoads and the WMUV continued success, and I hope to stay in touch in the future.
Greetings from CrossRoads! Seasons are quickly changing up on the mountain. Mere days from now the leaves will begin to change from different hues of green into vibrant reds, orange and yellow plastered across God’s natural landscape. Each season the mountain comes to life with feelings of new beginnings and fresh encounters with God. The fall season is no different, underlined with mild days, crisp mornings and a distinctive calmness in the air. We (at CrossRoads) are honored to serve each guest group who come and discover their own unique experience with God. As we prepare to serve each group, we get equally excited about the anticipation of the fall season. Cool fall evenings gathered by the crackling fire in the fireplace, the pleasant aromas of apples and cider wafting through the air, pumpkin spice yummy-ness…these are just a handful of the distinguishing experiences that define this wonderful time of the year!
Those of us on staff at CrossRoads count it a matchless blessing to serve our guests through the ministry of hospitality, in every season. We are encouraged to see God constantly at work in the lives of our guests against the backdrop of the beautiful landscape at CrossRoads. It is heartwarming to see people of faith absorbed in the quiet moments of a God-inspired thought, caught up in times of devotion and reflection long yearned, and enjoying unparalleled kinship and fellowship exclusive to time spent on the mountain. It is in moments like these we are able to hear and see the intersection of life and mission, and discover what that means for each of us. Might you consider the possibility of carving out some time to bless your soul? Come discover what God has in store for you at CrossRoads! He is calling, and the mountain is waiting…
CrossRoads was pleased to host the Dover Association WMU for a retreat this past month. Sharon McKinley and Emily Simpson had plenty of activities lined up for an exciting and uplifting weekend. Our own Nicole Todd, lead the group in making bracelets with beads handmade by women in Uganda. The group also learned about human trafficking and ways they can raise awareness to help stop trafficking in VA and around the world. There was a lot of fun, games (and pranks, I’m told) throughout the weekend.
On Sunday Morning before they departed, the Dover Association WMU made a donation to CrossRoads of a rocking chair, dedicated in loving memory of the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Boggs. Dr. Boggs loved coming to CrossRoads and sitting in a rocking chair to read as his wife Barbara attended WMUV meetings here. This new rocking chair, donated in his memory, will be a place where many others will sit to enjoy the views, the sounds and the peace that Dr. Boggs experienced while here.
We are thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Boggs involvement and support of CrossRoads and to the Dover Association WMU for this gift in his memory. If you or your WMU group would like to make a donation of a rocking chair in someone’s memory please contact the office for more information.