Who We Are
We are a group of women with a heart to minister to hurting women with hurts, habits and hang ups through sharing God’s word in the local jail and by mail to those in prison.
Donna Burk Presents Crosstalk in the video below:
Meet the Women who Share God’s Words
Never in my life would I have thought God would give me a passion for incarcerated women yet He only wants a vessel to work through. I have seen the hurt, worthlessness, and rejection on their faces and in their words. IF we are not the light to give them Hope that God restores and sees them as His daughters, then who will? It seems they are trying to hide; wanting to be sought; and confused about being found. God continues to use this bold, ‘cracked pot’ to let His light shine. I am forever grateful for the 55+ women and our CrossTalk team He has blessed me with!
I got involved in Crosstalk because God has given me so much hope in my life, even though I grew up the child of an alcoholic mother. I just want to share Hope and Redemption with women who struggle with addiction, sin, and difficulty in general. I believe in being candid about the Christian life in dealing with sin, forgiveness, love, and obedience. If we aren’t transparent with the incarcerated women, they will think we are better than them, and we are not. The ground is level at the foot of the Cross of Christ. Everyone finds forgiveness and hope there.
It is my heart to help reach out and share the gospel with people of all walks of life. God has given me an opportunity to do this with the ladies of Cross Talk. I have been shown that despite the plan you think you have for yourself God will show you differently and He will take you on an amazing journey!
To share with my imprisoned sisters the mending power of the Cross, “That having suffered a little, the God of all grace, who has called them to share His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself restore them and make them strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10
I got involved because I think it is a very worthwhile opportunity to encourage new women Christians as they go through a valley time in their life.
I had been praying for almost 5 years for the Lord to lead me to a ministry where I could serve Him. Nothing seemed to fit. Never in a million years would I have imagined CrossTalk was where the Lord wanted me….but it is. What a wonderful opportunity to plant seeds. The girls I write are a blessing to me and I praise God for this opportunity to serve.
Joining Crosstalk for me was a blessing at a time in my life when I felt like I had nothing to give. Letting the girls know that God loves them no matter where they are in their lives is very rewarding. Watching lives transform is what we all yearn for as Christians and I know that God is there with us week after week. The laughter, the tears, the bonding is all God’s GRACE and MERCY in action.
I got involved with Crosstalk approximately 2 years ago after my sister was sentenced to prison. When she was in the county jail she always talked about the women that came on Wednesday nights. She expressed how they were real and they did not judge any of the women in there. Since my sister was a baby Christian it was such a blessing to me that this group was there to help her walk through this journey. Crosstalk has had a major impact on her walk with God. Not too long after my sister went on to prison she called and told me that she had received some literature and other encouraging items from Donna. After doing a little Facebook investigating I found that I knew who Donna was. My sister also told me where she worked. I did send a Facebook message by accident. I typed it out and then decided I would go see Donna and thank her personally but apparently she got the message too. God has not only blessed me by seeing some of these ladies grow but he has given me some amazing friends in this ministry, the ministry has encouraged my sister and has kept her pushing forward. The ladies that we see encourage us. They help to remind us of our blessing every day.
I had so many years of regret from my past where I was an addict. Even after I had gotten saved, I tried to do everything all on my own; living selfishly for me, me, me. Then, a few years ago I finally had a revelation and started taking my relationship with the Lord seriously, gaining a new perspective on the TRUTH that is offered to us all. I had always felt a “tug” within me to do greater things, to help on a grander scale. NOW – I am BLESSED to be used as the Lord’s vessel! I can talk to other women and be living proof that if He can tame (save) a wild, crazy person like me – HE CAN SAVE ANYONE! My past is just that – in the past! I live to help others now and my new high is the Holy Spirit!! Praise the Lord! This is only the beginning.
I got involved with Crosstalk because I felt in my heart that the Lord was leading me in that direction. He knew that I could relate with these lost woman and their circumstances and, that I wanted to let them know that they were loved and that they were rescued and ready for the road to recovery through our Lord Jesus Christ. I wanted to serve our God by planting the seed and watching it grow. I also wanted to share what the Lord had done for me and to help them grow in their relationship with the Lord. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. ( I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.)
“God has provided an opportunity for Christian women to reach out to those who have lost their way and help them find themselves in the Lord. To be able to offer encouragement and Godly counsel to hurting women is a blessing to each of us who are fortunate enough to be a part of this blessed ministry.”
I participate at CrossTalk because it’s one of my calls. Since I was a little girl, my grandfather had a special affection for the people who were in jail, and from that age I was also touched by the Lord to serve in that area. It is a privilege for me to go visit these ladies, from whom I get a lot of love, understanding and prayers, they have special place in my heart. I thank God for putting in my path Donna, Diane and the rest of the ladies that make up this wonderful ministry!
I joined CrossTalk because I wanted to be able to share the freedom of Christ with other women. Everyone has an opportunity to become new in Jesus and I feel fortunate to be able to share with these ladies.
I wanted to join Cross Talk because I felt that’s where the Lord was leading me, to help women that are hurting and share His amazing love for us with them.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.
2 Corinthians 5:17
I joined crosstalk as an Inmate broken, scared & afraid, I wanted a change in my life & I knew I could not do it on my own, as I grew in the Lord & got out of prison I knew that God placed a passion in my life to help other women that are in the same place I once was. I knew I had to GIVE BACK!~ I now go into the Jail with Crosstalk so the girls can see that you can get clean living in the same home you got high in, you can get clean living in the same town! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD!!