The needy in our backyard

17. December 2014 From the Field 1
If you eat a tomato during the winter months, it’s very likely it was picked by an immigrant farmer in Immokalee, Florida. This rural area, located about a two-hour drive north of our Florida headquarters, is known as the tomato capital of America. Sadly, it’s also famous (or infamous) for its checkered history of worker ...

Taking it to the streets

09. December 2014 From the Field 0
You learn how much you really value the Gospel when you’re preaching it at knifepoint. Most of us have never faced that kind of danger, but I recently met a Guatemalan Christian who has had multiple brushes with death in the line of ministry. While joining him for his street feeding outreach, I got a ...

Saving a Soul on the Streets of San Salvador

05. November 2014 From the Field 0
If it hadn’t all unfolded before my eyes, I’m not sure I would have believed what I saw. I was on a mission trip to El Salvador, helping our Goods-In-Kind partner, Fundacion Una Mano Amiga, feed the homeless on a rainy Friday night. Carlos Pineda, who had organized this street ministry, was moving from person ...

Choose Life!

20. October 2014 From the Field 0
Asked which country has the highest suicide rate, most people would never think to answer “Guyana.” But a new World Health Organization report puts the “Land of Many Waters” at the top of the list, even above North Korea when adjusted for population age (it ranks third without this age adjustment). The study focused on ...

What it’s like to be a sugar cane field worker

04. September 2014 From the Field 0
“A sugar cane worker is like an orange,” said 45-year-old Ebano. “You take an orange, squeeze all its juice into a glass, and drink. Then you toss the crushed rind away. That is what they do to us.” Ebano is a Haitian immigrant working in the sugar cane fields in the Dominican Republic. Every day, ...

Forming the Character of Christ

12. August 2014 From the Field 0
Every classroom has that one special child – the one who tests the limits of your patience and mercy as if it’s their God-ordained calling to raise your blood pressure. At the El Camino Sunday school in La Independencia, Peru, that child was Adiel. Last year when Cross staff visited this small but impactful ministry, ...