Providing Shelter in His Name

Project: Rainbow Network Housing Location: Nicaragua Rainbow Network is a Nicaragua-based Christian ministry that fights poverty through a holistic approach that includes food, health care, education, microenterprise and housing. Over the years that Cross has worked with Rainbow Network, the ministry has impacted thousands of lives and served as a beacon of light and hope ...

A Country of Contrast

Nicaragua is a nation of contrasts, fittingly earning its reputation as “the land of fire and water” (a reference to its many volcanoes and lakes).  But contrasts of a more serious kind are also part of the picture. Nicaragua possesses great beauty… as well as great poverty. On a recent trip to visit this complex ...

5 Spiritual Benefits of Fasting

Lent is becoming increasingly popular with young evangelicals. They are embracing opportunities to implement spiritual disciplines more often associated with other Christian faiths (i.e., Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans). Lent began on Ash Wednesday and will end on Holy Thursday, a time for reflecting on the Last Supper, the final meal Jesus ate with His disciples. ...

An Impoverished School – Incredibly Transformed

There’s a new beginning on the horizon for the children of La Chuscada, Nicaragua. This school year, their classroom environment has incredibly transformed — thanks to Cross International benefactors who responded generously to a recent appeal for help. A year ago, this rural village desperately needed a school building – any school building. Even the ...

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 ...

Play Time!

Fun times at Camp Hope in Ecuador! Many of the children living at Camp Hope would be suffering in isolation – hidden away in their homes by ashamed parents who can’t afford the demands of their care, or simply abandoned to the streets – if not for this Christian shelter for physically and mentally handicapped ...

To Know the Father’s Love

I just received this letter from Gerardo Arteaga, the Public Health Coordinator for Rainbow Network, a holistic, community outreach throughout Nicaragua. Cross International helps Rainbow Network build homes for the poor and provide nutritious meals to more than 1,200 children, as well as pregnant women and at-risk elderly, five or six days a week. I ...

The greatest story ever told

Improvising with the few stage props available to them (from a cardboard manger scene to a bicycle donkey), the kids at Elohim Evangelical School in Arequipa, Peru, reenacted the life of Jesus. Many of the children come from very rough backgrounds of poverty, abuse and neglect. But for a little while they got to be ...