Easter: A Celebration of New Life

The weeks leading up to Resurrection Sunday can evoke a complicated mixture of emotion. We are sobered and humbled by Jesus’ agony and death – but we also rejoice with the hope of redemption and new spiritual life Easter celebrates. As I contemplate the new life I have found in Christ, I cannot help but ...

Making Inroads in Vietnam

12. February 2018 From the Field 0
Christians and Communist regimes are typically at odds with each other, but when citizens lack clean water, and the government’s wells don’t work, and the church steps in to meet the need, party officials take notice. Sometimes, they even say thank you. That recently happened in southern Vietnam, and it was possible because you supported ...

The Struggle to Break the Cycle of Poverty

26. December 2017 From the Field 0
On a recent trip to Guatemala, I was reminded of how universal the love of a parent can be. I was visiting Hope of Life, and the ministry took me to the village of El Remolino – a poor community adjacent to a large municipal dump. While touring the village, I met a woman who ...

In Everything Give Thanks

22. November 2017 From the Field 0
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 I think the poor are the most grateful people I’ve ever encountered. Something as simple as a cup of clean drinkable water is celebrated! Poor families understand what it means to rely on God for their ...

World Orphan Day

13. November 2017 From the Field 0
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! – 1 John 3:1   Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that orphans hold a special place in His heart, and He commanding His people to protect and care for the outcast and fatherless. In fact, ...

My Visit to the Dump

02. November 2017 From the Field 0
                  On a recent mission trip to Guatemala, I had one of those experiences that hits you in the gut – the kind that’s so shocking it numbs the mind. While visiting Hope of Life in Zacapa, the ministry took us to the village of El Remolino ...

One Small Gesture

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 Solidarity. Obedience. Love. When I was recently asked to describe what guides Cross in a few short ...

Hope in the Bateyes

20. September 2017 From the Field 0
In the Dominican Republic, Cross International partners with Good Samaritan, a ministry providing food and medicine to impoverished families who live on the impoverished sugar cane bateyes (settlements). The director of the ministry, Moises Juan, grew up on the sugar cane bateyes. He lost his mother as a result of poor medical care and nutrition. ...

These Christians never owned a Bible…until now!

In a dusty eastern Zambian village, we were recently treated to the beautiful sound of a young man reading God’s Word in his regional language, Cinyanji. The young man, Edson Tembo, recited Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” He was rejoicing because our local ministry partner, the Kachere ...