The Spiritual Aspect of Aid Work

We recently received a heartwarming story of spiritual transformation from one of our Guatemalan ministry partners, Potter’s House. It served as just another reminder of why at Cross we make it a priority to minister to the poor’s spiritual needs, along with their physical ones. Katerine Estefani Aguilar has been going to school at the ...

New Years Resolutions of the Rich vs. Poor

There’s a unique difference between the prayers and goals of people in developed nations and those born into abject poverty: “I resolve to lose weight” vs. “I am going to trust God for a meal today.” “I resolve to live a healthier lifestyle” vs. “I pray that I might live long enough to raise my ...

God Bless You

During a recent staff gathering, Jim Cavnar, president of Cross International, gave a retrospective of 2009. We marveled at how God blessed our ministry, especially during these tough economic times. To-date, through the support of compassionate American Christians, Cavnar announced we had shipped $80 million worth of much-needed goods, including food, medicines, and medical supplies, ...

Snowflakes: Reminders of the Perfect Gift

At this time of year, we receive Christmas cards from our mission partners in the field. We are continually blessed by these handmade cards and personal notes from orphans we support in Haiti, students in the Philippines, and missionaries we support in Latin America and Africa. We received an especially poignant card this week from ...

The Most Precious Gift

Every year the U.S. Census Bureau collects data on the nation’s Christmas spending habits. A few of this year’s stats: 16.6 billion Number of cards, letters, and packages the U.S. Postal Service will deliver between Dec. 1 and Christmas this year. $4.3 billion The value of U.S. toy imports from China between January and August ...

Illiteracy in the Information Age

It’s interesting to see which products are being marketed most heavily during the Christmas season. This year, Amazon has been promoting its Kindle electronic reader, which makes it easy and fun to download and read the books of your choice. Technology is changing the way we educate ourselves, even when it comes to studying God’s ...

Remember “Today’s Tiny Tims”

Disney’s 3D adaptation of A Christmas Carol is introducing a new generation to Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of greed, poverty, and repentance. This is good news for parents concerned by the avalanche of materialistic messages that too often overwhelm the humble story of Jesus’ birth and the value of giving. Even if the latest ...