LINCOLNTON––It’s all about helping others.
That of course is the central message of the Gospels. And that’s just what the Carolinas Cross Connection has been doing for many years now. According to camp director Brittany Ingold, youthful volunteers and staffers of the nonprofit organization were in Lincolnton this week, making a difference in the lives of local citizens in need of significant help around their homes.
“Our ministry does home repair for those who cannot afford it themselves,” Ingold said Friday. “This week, we are completing a ramp in Lincoln County.
“As we all know, the state of the world is crazy right now,” she continued. “Usually at Carolina Cross Connection, we are sending out middle and high school-aged students, along with staffers, to complete projects. Because of COVID-19, only the staffers (college students) are working for communities this summer.”
Ingold is in her second year as a camp director for the Carolina Cross Connection (or CCC). She is a recent graduate of East Carolina University, where she majored in religious studies and hospitality management.
“Carolina Cross Connection has been one of the most important parts of my life for a long time,” said Ingold, “and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else, especially this summer. CCC is a nonprofit Christian organization that focuses on connecting churches to communities all across North Carolina. As a camper, you can sign up for camp through our three different ministries. Home repair, urban ministries or overseas in Honduras are the options that CCC has to offer when attending camp or applying to the staff. The staffers who work for CCC are mostly all in college or finishing up their senior years of high school. For the past 33 years, CCC Home Repair has been working in communities with hopes to provide safe access in and out of homes and to spread the gospel through sharing Jesus’s love to others.”
And there’s an important local connection. It was in 1989, as Ingold revealed, that the Carolina Cross Connection was founded by the First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton.
“CCC has been serving in Lincoln and Gaston County since that first summer,” she added, “and it doesn’t plan on stopping.”
She continued that this summer, the Carolinas Cross Connection has a staffer in Honduras, two staffers in urban ministry and four separate home-repair staffs completing projects across the state. In an average summer, the group serves some 25 homes in Lincoln County.
Ingold spoke further about the CCC’s camp and home-repair efforts.
“Since Carolina Cross Connection is a non-profit, we run the camp off of donations,” she explained. “This year has been difficult and tight with money, just like many other businesses are experiencing. Our home-repair ministry is around $25,000 short of where we need to be. Because of having no campers paying to attend camp weeks (due to said virus’s State-mandated restrictions), a lot of our yearly budget has decreased. CCC is accepting any form of donations, so that we can continue to further the kingdom through projects that can change many situations for people in counties that we hold close to our hearts. If you feel led to do so, please donate to CCC so that we can continue to buy materials in order to build safer access to homes.”
Want to help? Check out the Website at www.carolinascrossconnection.org and click on the “donate” button.”