The COVID-19 pandemic put some hurdles in front of Crossfire Ministries’ this year, but it’s not keeping the team from its mission of spreading the gospel through the sport of basketball.
Co-founder Randy Shepherd said the annual basketball camps are still a go, even though the camps will be dramatically different this year.
Crossfire Ministries is hosting its 30th Annual Basketball Camps to youth boys and girls ages 8-18 years on a limited scale during the Covid situation.
"We are limited to 46 campers each session because of COVID. Normally we have 500-650 campers in all the sessions during a normal summer," Shepherd said. "There have been 22,000 youth from Western North Carolina attend the camps in 29 years. Our full day and overnight camp normally held at Mars Hill University was canceled due to Covid. We normally have a camp in Hendersonville and Asheville Christian Academy and Asheville School gyms. This year's camps will be held at West Asheville Baptist Church gym in West Asheville."
Shepherd said the camp will be COVID-19 compliant and social distancing will be implemented.
"We are sending standard camp COVID-19 questions to parents," Shepherd said. We will be checking participant’s temperatures every morning and social distancing during camp. We will be cleaning basketballs and each camper will have their own basketball and water bottle. The camp will consist of a lot of individual drills shooting, passing, dribbling and defense which they need rather than free play."
Crossfire, founded in 1993 by Shepherd and Jamie Johnson, is a sports evangelistic ministry which preaches the Word of God and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through the following areas of ministry which include:
- church preaching and revival outreach
- university and college basketball outreach
- international outreach
- prison outreach
- public school outreach, inner-city outreach
- softball outreach
- Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) outreach
- summer youth basketball camp outreach
- youth rally outreach,
- discipleship outreach
- personal evangelism outreach.
Shepherd and and Johnson grew up as high school friends and opponents then came together to share their faith in Jesus Christ locally, national and around the world through the platform of basketball. They have been blessed to minister and use basketball as a tool to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 68 countries and 46 states.
Crossfire Ministries is currently talking applications for its second and third weeks of camp that will be held July 26-29 and Aug. 3-6. Scholarships are available to those with financial needs
"If a family or single parent has a legitimate financial, need they can call the ministry and we will discuss a scholarship with them," Shepherd said. "These scholarships come from individuals and businesses that give nonprofit donations to provide."
Crossfire Ministries is a non profit 501-3C organization and the yearly budget is provided by monthly or yearly donations from those who want to be a part of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For more information or to donate to the organization, visit www.crossfireministry.com or call 828-255-9111.