Africa’s Changing Spiritual Landscape

If you’ve ever wondered where the most religious place on earth is, a new study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has an answer: sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically, the countries south of the Sahara Desert and north of South Africa. Researchers found that a large majority of Africans consider religion “very important.” ...

Keeping up with the Urban Shift

By 2050, a full 80 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That’s four out of every five people! The prediction comes from a recent Financial Times report called “The Future of Cities.” People often migrate from rural to urban settings because cities offer new jobs. But these growing cities are also producing ...

God Sent You

When 79-year-old Precious lies down at night, he finds momentary relief from the pain that gnaws at his bones by day. After working more than fifty years cutting sugar cane in the Dominican Republic, the Haitian-born immigrant has little to call his own. He had to stop cutting cane five years ago because of his ...

Rich Lesson Learned from the Poor

It is amazing to witness the incredible generosity of our Christian brothers and sisters in developing countries. For example, Jim Kline, our Africa Projects Officer, recently returned from Ethiopia with a beautifully-woven basket. A very poor, single mom had given it to him. It was one of the very few things she owned, and she’d ...

Building a Dream Come True

Three brothers, along with their wives and children—12 people in all—lived together in one tiny makeshift shack in a slum in Manila, Philippines. The place crawled with mice and roaches. When it rained the house flooded in knee-deep dirty water. The only table in the house doubled as a bed because space was so tight. ...

The Power of Music & Song

It’s amazing how often music and song are intertwined with the Christian journey generally and with the work of Cross International specifically.   The precedent for this is found in the Bible, of course.  Music and song are described as part of worship in several cases, including most prominently in Revelation: “Each one had a harp ...

Flash Forward

Easter is always an interesting time for regular church-goers.  It is the one time of year that most services swell in numbers and pastors respond by preaching sermons aimed at captivating newcomers.  For those who attend regularly, it can be fascinating to see how their own church makes use of this unique opportunity. This year, ...

Crosses of the World

Whatever country they’re in, our Cross International Projects Officers always make a point of finding crosses, either to photograph or to bring back with them to display on our office wall as a reminder of our true purpose. This morning in devotions, Jim Kline, our Projects Officer for Africa, gave a photo presentation of the ...

Gospel Power

Have you ever wondered why we call Good Friday “good”? A brutal scourging and execution would normally be considered a very bad day, to say the least. But for believers, that bad day was the hope of mankind. It was the day Christ took on the penalty for our sins so we could have everlasting ...

World Water Day

Earlier this week, the U.N. and other international groups observed World Water Day as a time to raise awareness about the plight of those who lack access to clean water. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, many families in developing nations still don’t have plumbing in their homes and must resort ...