Lives Changed in Mozambique!

We recently received an encouraging report from our ministry partner Reencontro in Mozambique! Reencontro shares God’s love with orphans and vulnerable children through housing, education, food and health care. The six children in the Congolo family, Alberto, Jamie, Amelia, Ana, Daniel and Alexandre, live with their AIDS -infected parents, who are also stricken with tuberculosis. ...

Before & After

13. November 2012 housing 0
Patrocinio’s family of five lived this shelter made of cobbled-together planks. It was better than nothing, but not much. Bad weather made the family miserable. Plus, they cooked inside over fire, so the air in the house was constantly filled with smoke.  Their living environment was unhealthy and unsafe. Now they live in this concrete ...

A Reason to Hope

23. October 2012 Haiti, housing 0
I recently returned to my home base at Cross International’s South Florida office after a whirlwind trip to Gonaives, Haiti. There, I was visiting our partners living and working in the slum community of Jubilee, an area home to 12,000 people known for its’ complete and oppressive poverty. Garbage lines the streets; stagnant pools of ...

What a “relief!”

04. October 2012 Haiti, housing 0
“The wind attacked my roof!” said 65-year-old Montes Desir, describing Hurricane Isaac as it hit Haiti in the middle of the night and ripped the lid off his house. Since then, Mr. Desir and his wife have been sleeping in a corner under three recovered sheets of tin. They had to send their two children ...

A Dream Turned Into Reality

We all have dreams for our lives – things we want to someday accomplish or create. We might dream of having children, building up a business or traveling the world. Dreams are dear to us. They give us hope for our future and goals to work toward. What if your dream was to just have ...

Progress in Haiti

07. March 2012 Haiti, housing 0
In light of the many setbacks experienced by international aid organizations that rushed into Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to rebuild the country, it’s refreshing to hear a positive report from a ministry who got it right. Last week, I met with Dan Shoemaker, a house-construction contractor who worked with Cross partner MEBSH to provide ...

A Heart Change

14. February 2012 housing 0
You’d never guess these men – well-groomed and fervently worshipping God together at a meeting of Cross International ministry partners in the Philippines – had once been homeless. You’d never guess some had spent their whole lives on the streets, begging and picking pockets. But now here they were, standing before us as living examples ...