Moving Forward at the Crossroads

Craig Carlson talks to the children as they explore a Goldfield fire truck. A local fireman visited Crossroads recently, talked to the kids and answered questions about his job, and let them look around the truck.

As soon as children enter the door at Crossroads Ministry in Goldfield, you can bet Craig Carlson is right there to greet them with a smile, high five and a big “hello.”

Carlson, director of the non-profit organization, said as soon as the kids get to Crossroads, he and the other staff and volunteers wants to make sure the children feel welcome and at home there. “I want the kids to know that, the minute they come in to contact with me or anyone who works here, they are loved, accepted and important,” Carlson said.

“That is huge in a kid’s life,” he added.

When Carlson came back six years ago and took over as director of Crossroads, it was because he felt drawn back here. For a number of years, he and his family had lived elsewhere in the United States, primarily on the west coast in California. But he felt God’s call to come back to the Midwest and to the youth ministry field. Carlson is originally from eastern Iowa. And today, he couldn’t imagine himself anywhere else.

Read more about Crossroads and Carlson in the July 31 issue of the Wright County Monitor!