A rich man’s change of heart

Though we evaluate our work in terms of the benefit to the poor, the fact is that our projects also have an incredible impact on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to charity and self-sacrifice. One person who comes to mind is Bobby Rodrigo. He is a resource general director with Gawad ...

Progress begins with a prayer

Here at Cross, we begin our workdays with an hour of prayer and devotions. The secular world might consider that hour a waste of time and productivity, but we know it is only by God’s grace that we are able to produce anything at all. We would rather be carried on God’s shoulders to the ...

From cancer to cure

Doctors at the government hospital told José Carlos, a 17-year-old from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, that he would lose his leg. The cancerous tumor slowly overtaking it was inoperable, and they’d have to amputate his left leg to save his life. This was the latest in a succession of difficult news José had received over ...

Running the race

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. These are the familiar words of Paul in his exhortation of the early Church recorded in 1 Corinthians 9:24. They were also recently the center of our ...

Kayaking to save orphans

What would drive a man to paddle 1,000 miles through icy waters over six weeks in a sea kayak all by himself? Well, for Mark Towery, it is his love of Christ and desire to help the poor. A few weeks ago, Mark began his attempt to circumnavigate Vancouver Island. He organized the trip to ...

The other heroes in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is in the news more than ever these days; and those of us here at Cross can’t help but think of the medical folks there whose efforts we support. Talented doctors, nurses, and medical personnel are there giving outstanding health care to citizens in Kabul—one of the most dangerous places on the planet right ...

A new home for family of AIDS orphans

Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. The reality of this statement hit our Africa project officer, Jim Kline, during his recent trip to visit the projects we support there. He described it this way: “The extent of the AIDS pandemic in Africa is kind ...

Urgent needs met with God’s help

Last year charitable giving in the U.S. declined $6.42 billion — the largest drop recorded since Giving USA starting keeping track of America’s donations in 1987. Since the focus of our ministry is to meet the most urgent needs of the poor, we often add extra expenses to our budget mid-year — such as the ...