Love is a verb

Why is it that every February 14, forgetful husbands rush to the store to buy flowers, chocolates, jewelry, stuffed animals, and anatomically incorrect hearts for their wives? Wouldn’t it be easier to just say, “Sorry, I forgot. But you know I still love you”? Their wives won’t care if they skip one Valentine’s Day. Right? ...

Everyday Hero in the Field

At Cross International, we’re always inspired by the amazing work our ministry partners are doing in Christ’s name. They’re literally changing lives in developing countries—and bringing people to Christ every day! All this great work is done by ordinary individuals whom God has challenged to do great things. And with his help, they’re empowered: “I ...

An enduring voice for the poor

Don’t forget to wish a happy birthday to Charles Dickens, who turns 199 next Monday – but doesn’t look a day over 40! You may remember the British novelist as one of those “dead white males” you were forced to read in high school, but hopefully you paid attention, because his voice still strikes a ...

Global Poverty: down but not out

Looking toward the future, there is some really good news for the developing world…but also some really bad news. First the good. The often-cited statistic of over 1.3 billion people in extreme poverty worldwide has been updated, and it’s gotten a lot smaller. Nearly half a billion smaller! Researchers from the Brookings Institution estimate a ...

Emergency relief from…tropical snowstorms?

Imagine a guy from Iceland arrives at your doorstep. He says he heard you needed help and he came to provide it. He tries to show you how to ice-fish and how to insulate your home against the weather, and how to grow hearty varieties of vegetables, and how to collect glacial runoff for drinking ...

Reflecting on 10 Years of Serving the Poor

Cross International was founded in 2001 with a staff of three sharing one donated office space. Today the organization has more than 100 employees, and has served the poor in more than 30 countries through more than $1 billion in donations over the last decade. Looking back on our 10th anniversary, co-founder and President Jim ...

Growing up fast in Guatemala

Mention the phrase “teenage boys,” and the first synonym to pop up in many people’s minds is “trouble.” They think of irresponsible youths playing computer games when they should be studying for a test, or doing donuts in the school parking lot to impress a pretty girl. But a Guatemalan boy named Jeremiah – one ...

A grandmother’s love

As anyone who has spent time in Africa can tell you, grandmothers are the unsung heroes in the fight against AIDS. They may not discover a cure, headline a benefit concert, or legislate for sex education, but they are doing the hardest part – raising their orphaned grandsons and granddaughters whose parents have died of ...

Bringing Light to Haiti

Christ called us as Christians to be “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Hundreds of our donors took that passage quite literally when they helped us provide “light” to Haiti. Recently our staff distributed solar lanterns and Bibles translated in Creole (Haiti’s official language) to hundreds of earthquake survivors living in tent camps throughout ...