Dare to Dream

12. June 2012 Africa, children 0
Can you imagine being a kid with no dreams for the future? Last weekend, as I watched my little nephews pretend they were basketball stars during the final NBA playoff game, I couldn’t help but think of the countless orphans I used to see during my time living in Malawi. Malawi is a small African ...

Great News in Mozambique

13. March 2012 Africa, orphans 0
Great news from the field! Reencontro, one of our ministry partners in Mozambique, recently sent us the story of 10-year-old Lidia Parruque. Orphaned by AIDS, Lidia found blessed refuge through Reencontro’s programs. It’s a story I simply must share with you! Lidia’s parents died several years ago, leaving her and her older brother to fend ...

Merry Christmas from Reencontro!

20. December 2011 Africa, children 1
On a recent visit to one of our ministry partners in Mozambique, Reencontro, our Africa Projects Officer received a letter of thanks that seemed very fitting to share with you during this Advent season. It’s from 17-year-old Carolina, a girl caring for her siblings after their parents passed away. Carolina’s life was dramatically transformed because ...

Hope on Wheels

13. October 2011 Africa, thank you 0
Twenty Buffalo bicycles just like the one you see here are now in the hands of volunteer health workers who will use them for making home visits to the chronically ill in rural Zambian villages. Cross held a special, one-time fundraiser for the bikes after we heard about an immediate need for transportation for the ...

A village transformed

11. October 2011 Africa, Water 1
These Zambian villagers are pumping clean, refreshing water from their new well that was installed last year through funding from Cross. The name of this remote village is Kalinda. It’s a traditional, close-knit African community that also happens to be very poor and has, for a long time, suffered from a lack of safe water. ...

Defining Success

15. September 2011 Africa, Medical 0
I’ve been pondering a bittersweet update from the director of a home-based health care project in Zambia, where the majority of “clients” (patients) suffer from AIDS. Volunteer caregivers from the community give the clients medicine to help boost their immune systems and push back the disease’s onslaught. The medicine comes free from the Zambian government; ...

Praise Report from Malawi!

08. September 2011 Africa, children 0
Back in July we asked you to pray for nine-year-old Isaac, a brave little boy at Kondanani Children’s Village suffering from retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer. About a year ago Isaac had his left eye removed and we hoped that would bring lasting healing. But earlier this summer, a growth in his eye socket ...

Reptile Surprise

23. August 2011 Africa, education 0
Here’s a delightful excerpt from a letter we received from our ministry partner Annie Chikhwaza, who runs Kondanani Children’s Village in Malawi: Good news for Kondanani! Our laboratory is ready.  The children love it but…..the other day there was a real bad smell in the school area. At first we thought the gardener had put ...

Praise Report from Mozambique

Yesterday morning, Cross staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from her recent trip to Mozambique. She visited one of my favorite projects for orphaned and vulnerable children that Cross supports with help from our generous friends, a ministry called Reencontro. Tara shared a story that really touched my heart ...

Pineapples and Soda Cans

Having grown up on a ranch, I always keep an eye out for agriculture-related things while traveling. I think it’s amazing how God has given us the know-how to feed ourselves and that he’s tasked us with taking care of his beautiful creation and its creatures. I’ve seen a lot of fields with many different ...