What it’s like to be a sugar cane field worker

04. September 2014 From the Field 0
“A sugar cane worker is like an orange,” said 45-year-old Ebano. “You take an orange, squeeze all its juice into a glass, and drink. Then you toss the crushed rind away. That is what they do to us.” Ebano is a Haitian immigrant working in the sugar cane fields in the Dominican Republic. Every day, ...

Forming the Character of Christ

12. August 2014 From the Field 0
Every classroom has that one special child – the one who tests the limits of your patience and mercy as if it’s their God-ordained calling to raise your blood pressure. At the El Camino Sunday school in La Independencia, Peru, that child was Adiel. Last year when Cross staff visited this small but impactful ministry, ...

The Freedom to Worship

17. July 2014 Faith 0
Here’s a question for you: do you feel persecuted for being a Christian? Admittedly, religious freedom issues are a hot topic for many Americans. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the Lord’s Prayer was recited in school every day and the Ten Commandments stood as a monument on many courthouse lawns. But before ...

Happy Graduation Wesh!

It’s that time of year again—graduation season. Here at Cross International’s south Florida offices, we were recently visited by a special high school graduate from Canaan Orphanage in Haiti: Wesh Elisseau. When we first met Wesh, he was only 6 years old and a bundle of energy. Today, he’s a bright 17-year-old with an incredible ...

Wisely Using Our Resources

As a woman who enjoys a good sale, I’m always trying to get more “bang for my buck” by shopping at stores that offer discounts, deals and promotions. Not only do I want to make my money go farther, but I want to honor God as I manage the resources he has entrusted to me. ...

A Special Gift

09. April 2014 children, Haiti 0
Last week I was able to spend the afternoon with the adorable kids at Haiti Home for Children, a 30-year ministry where orphaned children are brought into a loving “family” they can call their own. We received updates on their progress, were introduced to new members, and even had time to play outside under the ...

Hiding His Word in their Hearts

11. March 2014 children 0
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. – Psalm 119:105 Last week, Gladys and Pastor Henri Gaetjens visited the staff of Cross International at our South Florida offices. This amazing husband and wife team serve at Canaan Orphanage in Montrouis, Haiti, and they have been trusted ministry partners of ...

Mission trip to Nicaragua

25. February 2014 children, Water 1
Recently, when I was on a mission trip in Nicaragua, I was struck by how subdued all the little children were at each of my stops. I could certainly understand. After all, I would be intimidated if strangers walked into my village. But one would think you would still meet one or two outgoing kids. ...

My Day at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast

14. February 2014 Prayer 0
Last week I attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time in about 25 years. What most impressed me was that the speakers emphasized that the NPB was organized by Christians who emphasized the centrality of Jesus. Jesus the Unifier They told stories of how Jesus was the unifier of Muslims and Christians because ...

A Word for the New Year

03. January 2014 education 0
What’s your “word” for the New Year? Did you know you’re supposed to have one? In keeping with the current trend of compressing every thought into a Twitter-sized soundbite, some have decided that traditional New Year’s resolutions just won’t do. Instead, you can opt for a New Year’s word. It’s a more abstract alternative, and ...