True Gratitude

Matthew 25:31-46 is a foundational scripture for those of us who work at Cross International. It’s a reminder to see Jesus in every hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, imprisoned, or impoverished person we serve. The poor in developing countries often give us a fresh perspective on being thankful. They may lack adequate food, clothing or shelter; ...

Demonstrating God’s Love

The world is abuzz about this weekend’s biggest event: England’s royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine (aka Kate) Middleton. Thousands of spectators are already lining the expected wedding route, and top media outlets promise to begin coverage at 4 a.m. Eastern Time the day of the big event. The royal wedding has us thinking ...

Saving Lives with Medical Care

In today’s high-tech world, it’s hard to imagine that millions of poor people around the world lack access to even basic health care facilities. For families in developing countries, stocked pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals might be dozens of miles away, and even if facilities are nearby the poor usually can’t afford their services anyway. What’s ...

Building Up God’s Kingdom

On Wednesdays, Cross staff members gather after devotions to hear from our International Projects Officers, the men and women who oversee our relief and development efforts and work with our ministry partners in the field to best serve the poor. Yesterday we heard from Tara McKinney, our Africa International Projects Officer. In her presentation, Tara ...

A Time to Reflect On Sacrifice

A few days ago, we celebrated Jesus’ joyous entrance into Jerusalem on that long-ago Palm Sunday. Now are we in the middle of the days preceding Christ’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection on Easter Sunday. It’s amazing how the events of one week have had a colossal impact on history and on our ...

Celebrating Biblical Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry and its ability to impact how we understand the world. Started by the Academy of American Poets, this national celebration aims to draw attention of the art of poetry and commemorate the past and present poetry that’s influenced our culture. It’s probably safe to say ...

God’s creation in full bloom

We didn’t mark its official passing on the blog last month, but spring is upon us as of a few weeks ago! Time for farmers to think about spring planting, children to begin dreaming about summer vacation, and parents to plan a family afternoon outdoors. It’s wonderful to see God’s creation in full bloom! Spring ...

Political Change in Haiti

“Tet Kale” is a Creole phrase with a double meaning: “shaved head” and “all the way.” But as the campaign slogan of Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly, Haiti’s president-elect, it also implies a third meaning – change. A preliminary vote count this week handed Martelly a clear 68 percent majority, setting him on course to become ...

Vision from the slums

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The famous KJV translation of Proverbs 29:18 may invoke nausea as often as inspiration, because so many leaders misapply it to promote their personal agendas. But as I search for godly wisdom to make sense of my recent visit to the slums of Peru, the first verse ...