Diofila’s Vision

26. August 2016 housing 0
  As a writer with Cross International, I’ve been blessed to travel to developing countries to meet our beneficiaries. These men and women of incredible faith graciously open their homes and hearts to me, sharing their stories of how God has worked through donor support to transform their lives, and I’m humbled by what they ...

Queen of Kitwe

At 57 years-old, Queen Ngalashi is a new small business owner. She was all smiles as she retrieved a debit card – her first – from a small pouch under the fold of her kitenge skirt. Queen lives in Chibuluma, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Kitwe, Zambia’s dusty copper-mining capital. Meeting her was one ...

New Homes, Transformed Hearts

25. July 2016 housing 0
On a recent trip to Guatemala, I met the Mendoza family, who recently received a sturdy concrete home through the generosity of Cross International benefactors, and our ministry partner, Hope of Life. Before Cross stepped forward to help, the family was living in a crumbling, broken-down shack.  Now they have a safe place to raise ...

No Giant too Big!

Like many 14-year-old boys, Pablo* likes to draw superheroes. His favorite hero is Sentry, who has the power of “one million exploding suns.” Now that is a skill you don’t see on a lot of resumes! Pablo knows that, as a child of God, he doesn’t have to rely on super powers. He’s learned the ...

Hope for the Hungry

30. June 2016 children 0
  Cross International president Jim Cavnar recently had a chance to visit the children at the Esperanza de Vida (Hope of Life) emergency nutrition center in Guatemala. It’s great to see smiles of the faces of these precious girls and boys who, if not for the intervention of this Christian ministry, might not be alive ...

A House Church in a Minefield (Literally)

06. May 2016 Asia, Water 0
  Ho Phay doesn’t fit the profile of a successful pastor. He doesn’t sport a fashionable haircut or designer clothes, he doesn’t write an edgy blog, he doesn’t put out bestselling books about the five keys to a winning life, he doesn’t have a trendy youth group with a name like “Elevate” and there is ...

Reliving Earthquake Traumas

When the devastating 7.0-magnitute earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, I was in the southern city of Les Cayes visiting a Cross project. There was a slight swaying of buildings and I remember wondering if it was worse elsewhere in the country. I’m a reluctant earthquake veteran – I’ve experienced several major quakes since I was ...

A Blessed Transformation in Haiti

14. April 2016 education, Haiti 0
Just in the last decade, teacher Camineta Guillame has witnessed a transformation in the way Haitian students act. Sometimes God’s revelations occur at the most unexpected times. I experienced one of those transformative moments on a recent mission trip in the Central Plains of Haiti. It was one of those rainy days, so our group ...

Easter is for Broken People

24. March 2016 Easter 0
On a recent trip to Guatemala, I heard stories of God’s faithfulness, love and redemption in the least likely of places — a shelter for victims of domestic violence.  In this case, the Cross International ministry partner is Casa de Vida and its mission is to provide a safe haven for women who have “walked ...