From Hurting to Healing

“I wish my mother was alive today to see this house.” That’s what David Massinga said through his tears when he and his sisters first moved into a new home given to them by Cross International and its generous benefactors through one of our ministry partners in Mozambique. The Massinga children were hurting — badly! ...

Child Rescued from the Streets

By the time 9-year-old Arsenio was brought to Kaibigan Community Center, a shelter and ministry for homeless “street-dwellers” in Manila Philippines, he’d already been a runaway since age 6. He’d spent most of the last three years begging with a group of street-kids. A Kaibigan staff member rescued him from the streets and reunited him ...

Proof that Africa can change

Mozambique has been called an “African lion” – not because it is strong, but because it is stronger than it once was, having achieved modest economic growth and overcome bloody conflicts that plagued the country from the 1970s to the early 90s. Our recent visit to Mozambique confirmed that image. We felt encouraged by the ...

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 ...