Hope in a Kenyan Slum

01. February 2017 From the Field 0
I’ve traveled extensively for Cross through the years, but I’ve never seen an example of urban poverty as horrible as the Kibera slum.  Kibera is one of the biggest slums in the world, with an estimated population of 1 million people living inside the maze of broken down shanties and piles of garbage. I can’t ...

Going to Battle for Our Partners

18. January 2017 From the Field 1
As Cross International’s Haiti Project  Manager – and someone who has lived in Haiti for six years – it’s impossible for me to be objective about the impact of Hurricane Matthew. It’s been three months since the killer storm battered Haiti’s southern peninsula, and yet I feel the raw pain of the people as if ...

Christ the Hope of the Rich and Poor

27. December 2016 From the Field 0
It felt wrong to reach for my water bottle. The thirst was a perpetual itch just beyond hand’s reach. Throughout the week, we’d been traveling from one remote Zambian village to the next — each a nearly identical sprawl of thatched-roof houses, dirt paths and sun-scorched farmland. We were here to meet families in urgent ...

The Savior of Shepherds and Kings

16. December 2016 From the Field 0
The most wonderful season of the year has arrived.  It’s Christmas time! My job at Cross International has given me a new perspective on the first Christmas. Before I started visiting our ministry partners in developing countries, I had a very simple view of Christmas. I thought of Jesus’ birth as cute and cozy – ...

Pray for Haiti

29. November 2016 From the Field 0
    In September – literally two days before Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti – I was in the country for the dedication of two schools. Sadly, one of those missions was damaged by the storm. Just two months have passed since Matthew made landfall, and already the news media has moved ...

They’ve never tasted clean water…until now!

16. November 2016 From the Field 0
Not long ago, the clean, refreshing water you see in this photograph was an impossibility. Mothers and children had to walk three miles to a murky, parasite-infested stream to collect their entire day’s water supply for drinking, cleaning, bathing and cooking. The sight of women making the brutal journey barefoot, often in the dead of ...

Into the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

25. October 2016 From the Field 2
Cross International’s Haiti disaster response team is currently hard at work delivering meals and other crucially needed aid to survivors of Hurricane Matthew. During its travels, the team has listened to firsthand accounts of that terrifying experience. One couple told how their house began to fall apart in the middle of the night. After one ...

Diofila’s Vision

26. August 2016 From the Field 0
  As a writer with Cross International, I’ve been blessed to travel to developing countries to meet our beneficiaries. These men and women of incredible faith graciously open their homes and hearts to me, sharing their stories of how God has worked through donor support to transform their lives, and I’m humbled by what they ...

CROSS RESPONDS TO BELIZE HURRICANE

12. August 2016 From the Field 0
Floods and high winds impacted ministry partners and left many poor families in need of aid. Immediately after Hurricane Earl swept across Belize on August 4, our staff mobilized to help, working with in-country Christians to get aid to those in greatest need. Our mission team flew to key areas and reported flooded streets, ruined ...

Queen of Kitwe

At 57 years-old, Queen Ngalashi is a new small business owner. She was all smiles as she retrieved a debit card – her first – from a small pouch under the fold of her kitenge skirt. Queen lives in Chibuluma, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Kitwe, Zambia’s dusty copper-mining capital. Meeting her was one ...