A Canadian in Guatemala

One way to cut the cost of international travel is to nix the return flight. David McCormick, a 27-year-old Canadian, went to Guatemala on a mission trip and never came home. Instead he found a new life with Cross International partner Casa Bernabe, which provides shelter for orphaned, abandoned and abused children. David serves as ...

An enduring voice for the poor

Don’t forget to wish a happy birthday to Charles Dickens, who turns 199 next Monday – but doesn’t look a day over 40! You may remember the British novelist as one of those “dead white males” you were forced to read in high school, but hopefully you paid attention, because his voice still strikes a ...

Global Poverty: down but not out

Looking toward the future, there is some really good news for the developing world…but also some really bad news. First the good. The often-cited statistic of over 1.3 billion people in extreme poverty worldwide has been updated, and it’s gotten a lot smaller. Nearly half a billion smaller! Researchers from the Brookings Institution estimate a ...

Emergency relief from…tropical snowstorms?

Imagine a guy from Iceland arrives at your doorstep. He says he heard you needed help and he came to provide it. He tries to show you how to ice-fish and how to insulate your home against the weather, and how to grow hearty varieties of vegetables, and how to collect glacial runoff for drinking ...

Reflecting on 10 Years of Serving the Poor

Cross International was founded in 2001 with a staff of three sharing one donated office space. Today the organization has more than 100 employees, and has served the poor in more than 30 countries through more than $1 billion in donations over the last decade. Looking back on our 10th anniversary, co-founder and President Jim ...

Their New Year’s Resolution: Survive

I have a friend who used to work in the fitness industry, selling exercise equipment. He told me that his company put almost all of its marketing budget and sales energy into selling products during December and January. Why? – because New Year’s resolutions about physical fitness are what stimulate most of their profits. Sadly, ...

Remote Chance in Zambia

Our project officers must travel to incredibly remote places to reach some of the projects we support—but they’re well worth the effort. Take the Chikankata catchment area in Zambia, for example. That’s where our ministry partner is spearheading the Chikankata Water Project to give wells, latrines, and health training to each of 35 villages. Getting ...

How Big is World Hunger?

Last year, the United Nations projected a rise in world hunger to 1.02 billion people – more than one-seventh of the global population! Statistics on hunger are always rough estimates, and the results can vary greatly from one study to another. But one thing seems clear: the U.N. number is no exaggeration. In fact, it ...

Building a Dream Come True

Three brothers, along with their wives and children—12 people in all—lived together in one tiny makeshift shack in a slum in Manila, Philippines. The place crawled with mice and roaches. When it rained the house flooded in knee-deep dirty water. The only table in the house doubled as a bed because space was so tight. ...