Reliving Earthquake Traumas

When the devastating 7.0-magnitute earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, I was in the southern city of Les Cayes visiting a Cross project. There was a slight swaying of buildings and I remember wondering if it was worse elsewhere in the country. I’m a reluctant earthquake veteran – I’ve experienced several major quakes since I was ...

A Blessed Transformation in Haiti

14. April 2016 From the Field 0
Just in the last decade, teacher Camineta Guillame has witnessed a transformation in the way Haitian students act. Sometimes God’s revelations occur at the most unexpected times. I experienced one of those transformative moments on a recent mission trip in the Central Plains of Haiti. It was one of those rainy days, so our group ...

Easter is for Broken People

On a recent trip to Guatemala, I heard stories of God’s faithfulness, love and redemption in the least likely of places — a shelter for victims of domestic violence.  In this case, the Cross International ministry partner is Casa de Vida and its mission is to provide a safe haven for women who have “walked ...

You Are Loved

08. March 2016 From the Field 1
As women, the challenge began with a serpent’s seemingly innocent question: “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden?’” Translation: “Eve, if God really loved you, why would he withhold something good from you? Do you have any real value to God?” While secular culture has doubled down on its ...

The Strength of God’s People

20. November 2015 From the Field 0
I just got back from visiting one of Cross International’s long-time partners – Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua – and I’m thrilled by the miraculous things God is doing through that amazing ministry! With help from Cross and its donors, Amigos for Christ installs clean water systems in poor rural villages, immediately improving the standard ...

The Real Life of a Haitian Teenager

12. October 2015 From the Field 0
Remember what it was like to be a teenager? You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to that time in my own life! Navigating the jungle of changing hormones, college applications and peer pressure was rough — but imagine what it’s like to be a poor teenager in a developing country? Rather than worry ...

Grace Ministries

08. September 2015 From the Field 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 ...

Nourishing Bodies and Spirits

05. August 2015 From the Field 0
These hungry kids live in a really rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Most of them come from tumultuous family situations with alcoholic, drug addicted parents who don’t supervise or provide for them. They’re often left to fend for themselves. They learn to survive by selling candy or hustling whatever they can on ...

Praying for our Partners

15. July 2015 From the Field 0
We already pray for our partners on Tuesdays — which is truly a privilege — but last week our staff dedicated an entire day to lift up our partners in prayer. At any point during the work day, there was a group of staff from a variety of departments gathered together. We prayed for our ...