A Teacher with a Purpose

18. September 2012 education, Latin America 0
Meet Susy Mejía, a motivated Guatemalan teacher who grew up among the poor families she now serves as a staff member at Potter’s House, a Cross International partner helping the “treasures” – children – of the garbage dump community in Guatemala City. Susy’s parents used to survive by scavenging for recyclables at the dump. But ...

From Street Life to Farm Life

24. July 2012 Food 0
We’ve received another great success story from Kaigiban Ministry, a Cross International ministry partner in the Philippines that’s transforming the lives of the homeless. Edwin Agcofra used to be the sort of man who instilled fear rather than friendliness. Seeing him, those who passed by would avert their eyes and pull their children close. Consumed ...

An encounter with Haitian poverty

27. June 2012 education, Haiti 0
It’s sobering to consider that my family of three fills a 1,200 square foot Florida apartment, yet the shanty in this photo accommodates seven children and two adults. Unsuitable as a tool shed, let alone a house, the structure is a patchwork of tarp strips and corrugated metal slapped together on wooden sticks. Cement walls ...

Creating a future for Haiti’s children

30. May 2012 children, Haiti 0
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a standard question I like to ask when meeting children at Cross-sponsored schools. You never know what their answer is going to be: teacher, doctor, policeman, engineer, farmer, pastor, even race car driver. A couple weeks ago in Haiti, I posed the question to ...

Dr. Tran Thanh – a model of selfless giving

02. May 2012 unsung hero 0
I don’t give enough. That’s the hard truth I took away from a conversation I just had with Dr. Tran Thanh, a Cross partner who graciously traveled all the way from Vietnam to meet our ministry staff. Dr. Thanh and a group of Vietnamese Christians have been spearheading an effort to help neighbors with medical ...

To drink or not to drink

04. April 2012 Water 0
When traveling in the developing world, the first rule you learn is “Don’t drink the water!” I can attest from personal experience that our pampered first-world immune systems don’t stand a chance against the parasites and bacteria that infest everything from drinking fountains to that bad piece of lettuce you ate for lunch. That’s why ...