Hope in a Kenyan Slum

01. February 2017 Africa 0
I’ve traveled extensively for Cross through the years, but I’ve never seen an example of urban poverty as horrible as the Kibera slum.  Kibera is one of the biggest slums in the world, with an estimated population of 1 million people living inside the maze of broken down shanties and piles of garbage. I can’t ...

Queen of Kitwe

At 57 years-old, Queen Ngalashi is a new small business owner. She was all smiles as she retrieved a debit card – her first – from a small pouch under the fold of her kitenge skirt. Queen lives in Chibuluma, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Kitwe, Zambia’s dusty copper-mining capital. Meeting her was one ...

Grace Ministries

08. September 2015 Africa, children, education 0
When Beauty Phiri’s mother died of AIDS, her father abandoned her and her sister, and the devastated children were split among separate caregivers.  Beauty went to live with her elderly grandmother while her sister went to live with another family. Beauty rarely sees her sister anymore. Sadly, Beauty’s plight is common in Zambia and other ...

Where two or three gather in my name… I am with them.

16. January 2015 Africa, orphans 1
Wherever believers gather, Jesus is present (Matthew 18:20). It holds true for this congregation worshiping at Hope for New Life Church outside Kampala, Uganda. This unique facility doubles as an orphanage. Children live upstairs where they are raised by a resident pastor and his wife, with the help of paid caregivers. (The children really enjoy ...

Powerful Kindness

08. October 2013 Africa 0
I was reminded of the power of Christ-like kindness when I read about Olipa Kumbuyo, a beneficiary of Cross International ministry partner ADNZ Home-Based Health Care in Zambia. The Christians at ADNZ are ministering to victims of AIDS and other chronic illnesses by visiting the sick in their homes and providing food, care kits, counseling, ...

Lives Changed in Mozambique!

We recently received an encouraging report from our ministry partner Reencontro in Mozambique! Reencontro shares God’s love with orphans and vulnerable children through housing, education, food and health care. The six children in the Congolo family, Alberto, Jamie, Amelia, Ana, Daniel and Alexandre, live with their AIDS -infected parents, who are also stricken with tuberculosis. ...

The Gift of Grace

08. January 2013 Africa 0
Working at Cross International, I am blessed to witness imitations of Christ’s love every day, through the care and commitment of our ministry partners overseas, as well as our generous supporters here at home. One example of this Christian compassion is exemplified by our partners, Grace Ministries, in Lusaka, Zambia. Our friends at Grace Ministries, ...

Amazing Grace

18. December 2012 Africa 0
Cross International receives many heartwarming stories from our ministry partners overseas. They typically spotlight a child who is thriving after receiving food and an education, or a family who is experiencing newfound comfort after being given a new home. But recently a story of a different kind passed over my desk and touched my heart. ...

Alive and Thriving

06. December 2012 Africa, orphans 1
This is three-month-old Henry. He’s blessed to be alive.  His mom died after giving birth prematurely to a set of twins. By the time his uncle brought them to Kondanai Village, an orphanage in Malawi that Cross International supports, they were hanging on by a thread. Sadly, Henry’s twin sister died at the hospital. Henry ...

“I was sick and you looked after me”

15. November 2012 Africa, Medical 0
When ADNZ Home Based Health caregivers found 41-year old Loveness, she’d been bedridden for more than a year. She got diagnosed and put on medication to keep AIDS at bay. A lot of folks in her shoes can’t take the meds, though, because they must be taken on a full stomach — a rare luxury ...