Typhoon Haiyan: Hope amid the Horror

25. November 2013 Asia, Disaster Relief 0
In an email we’ve just received from our partner CCT, which has sent a medical team to the Tacloban city evacuation centers, we’ve learned that the city’s vice mayor is actually a Christian pastor of a local church. What a blessing that a Cross International partner has been able to connect with a like-minded local ...

Healed Bodies; Healed Souls

18. April 2013 Asia, Medical 0
Medicine cabinets in churches. It’s an idea that’s not as glamorous as building a clinic or doing surgeries, but it is extremely practical and it’s meeting a real need among Vietnam’s poor for basic, readily-available medicines. It’s also a great way for Christians to reach out to their neighbors. We recently received a testimony from ...

Love in Action

16. October 2012 Asia 0
What happens when Christians step down off their soapboxes and start to actually practice the love they preach? I suppose there’s more than one answer to that question, and I suppose it depends on what God’s love is calling us to do. But I’d like to share one concrete example of how a ministry’s effort ...

The Lord’s Hand at Work

05. June 2012 Asia 0
When we received the following letter from our ministry partner in the Philippines, it reminded me of the phrase “God’s hand working in your life.” What does that mean, anyway? For Jose, the author of the following letter, it meant seeing his life be changed dramatically after receiving a new house from our ministry partner ...

Slumdog Kaibigan

30. June 2011 Asia, children 2
When I met 9-year-old Arsenio a week after he’d arrived at the Kaibigan (“Friend”) homeless shelter, he’d been running the streets of Manila, Philippines for three years. He and his two older brothers had run away from home when he was only 6 but they were soon separated. To survive on the streets he begged, ...

Would you die for Christ?

01. June 2011 Asia, unsung hero 0
What is a cause worth dying for? For me, the question can feel largely theoretical – a thought to ponder while watching a PBS war documentary on Memorial Day. But try posing the question to our Vietnamese partners who are in such sensitive situations, we must withhold their names for their own protection. Just click ...

Christ at the center

17. May 2011 Asia, human rights 0
It’s not often that I hear someone ask whether they should have flown west instead of east to visit our office. But when you live on the opposite side of the world, it’s a valid question. Cross partner Ruth Callanta stopped in this week to promote her Christ-centered approach to serving the poorest of the ...