Fighting for his life

12. April 2019 charity, children, orphans 0
Hector Ariel Collado is one of the kindest, most helpful teenagers you’ll ever meet. He’s also very ambitious. When he’s not doing his part to welcome — and ease the fears of — new kids entering the Arms of Love homes in Jinotepe, he’s resolving conflicts or helping the kitchen staff or teaching himself to ...

Lesson from a Water Bucket

Why concern ourselves with overseas poverty? The answer is this bucket of yellow water. Shortly after this photo was taken, this water, scooped from a hole in a dry creek bed in the Dominican Republic, was carried along a dirt path, poured into a glass and served to a child. If God’s love is in ...

An Impoverished School – Incredibly Transformed

There’s a new beginning on the horizon for the children of La Chuscada, Nicaragua. This school year, their classroom environment has incredibly transformed — thanks to Cross International benefactors who responded generously to a recent appeal for help. A year ago, this rural village desperately needed a school building – any school building. Even the ...

Making Inroads in Vietnam

12. February 2018 From the Field 0
Christians and Communist regimes are typically at odds with each other, but when citizens lack clean water, and the government’s wells don’t work, and the church steps in to meet the need, party officials take notice. Sometimes, they even say thank you. That recently happened in southern Vietnam, and it was possible because you supported ...

These “God Moments” Keep Us Going

19. July 2017 From the Field 0
  Over the last few years, some of our ministry staff have begun gathering to share “God moments” they’ve experienced in the course of their work. These sharing times are opportunities to set aside the stresses of fundraising and reflect on how the lives of staff, donors and beneficiaries have been touched in profound ways. ...

From Bully to Worshiper

It can take a lot of perseverance to bring about true emotional and spiritual healing, but Case Bernabe is willing to make that sacrifice of time and energy. Our friends at this Christian orphanage and school know that loving the vulnerable means more than just protecting children from external threats. It also means addressing internal ...

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 ...

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 ...