Good News to the Poor (Luke 4:18)

16. February 2012 children, Haiti 0
In Jubilee – a dry and barren slum on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti – children are reading God’s Word in their native Creole language and learning about Jesus’ love for them, thanks to the efforts of Cross International partner MUCH Ministries. Together, we are transforming this desolate slum into a place of prosperity and ...

A Heart Change

14. February 2012 housing 0
You’d never guess these men – well-groomed and fervently worshipping God together at a meeting of Cross International ministry partners in the Philippines – had once been homeless. You’d never guess some had spent their whole lives on the streets, begging and picking pockets. But now here they were, standing before us as living examples ...

Helping Haitians Help Themselves

26. January 2012 Haiti 0
In a show of support for MUCH Ministries’ self-help program for poor families in Jubilee, Haiti, Cross ordered a shipment of 5,000 journals from their trade school, where local Haitians have been learning to make various items by hand so they can earn a small income. The ministry responded with this email: Dear Cross, I ...

Changing hearts in the Philippines

17. January 2012 housing 0
Whenever I see the results of Cross’ Gawad Kalinga house construction projects in the Philippines, my first thought is, “Wow! This used to be a slum?” The newness, the cleanliness, the bright, cheerful colors are a visual repudiation of poverty. This is the tangible part of ministry. It’s also, in some respects, the easy part. ...

Thank You from the Philippines

10. January 2012 thank you 1
Cross has been working with Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines to transform the slums of metro Manila into thriving communities. The difference is like night and day, and you can see the change not only in the landscape but also in the hearts and minds of the families who now have so much hope. Here’s ...

Ringing in the New Year

2012 is here! And the blogosphere is buzzing with New Year’s resolutions, end-of-the-world theories, and political campaign predictions. With the holidays behind us, society’s focus has shifted a little more toward personal weight loss goals and a little less toward feeding the hungry. But of course, hunger never takes a holiday. I’m sure many people ...

Dreaming Big through Education

29. December 2011 children, Haiti 0
We often write about the value of education in the struggle against poverty. But I think the message is more compelling when it comes from the mouths of the Christian missionaries who are actually working with the children of the poor on a daily basis in Cross-sponsored schools. Here is a letter from a staff ...

Black Friday in Nicaragua

13. December 2011 thank you, Water 0
I don’t need to tell you about the Black Friday mayhem of crazed shoppers, big bargains, long check-out lines, and subsequent buyer’s remorse (or in my case, a quiet day at home putting up Christmas decorations). But there’s another Black Friday story you may not know. A story of Nicaraguan villagers turning on their water ...

The gift of life

07. December 2011 children, Christmas 0
Christmas is coming! No matter how early you start the holiday planning and shopping, the big day always seems to arrive too soon. When I was a boy, though, the month of December seemed to drag on for eternity. I remember lying awake in bed at night, thinking about how many days were left until ...