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Divine Shelter Schools and John Waller!


Cross International has had the privilege of partnering with well-known Christian Recording Artist, John Waller (Fireproof Movie Soundtrack) to help raise support and awareness for the Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti. The schools provide educations and nutritious meals to devastatingly poor children. Check out some of the pictures from the trip! For more information on the Divine Shelter Schools, visit Cross International


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Josh Wilson interview and “I Refuse” video is up!


In 2011, Harmony of Hearts was extremely excited to award Josh Wilson their Song of the Year Award, when his song “I Refuse” was voted the winner of the Song of the Year competition. We got a chance to sit down with Josh during his touring schedule and talk to him about the song and what inspired him to write it. But since he’s such a cool guy, and the song is so inspiring, we decided to show you instead of just telling you about it. Enjoy!


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Photos of our God providing


Working day-in and day-out for a non-profit, I come across photos and stories that normally I would never see. Stories of families moving from small, makeshift shanties into sturdy concrete homes. Stories about children receiving food at school, and how that one meal is all they’ll eat that day. Stories about children being saved from cholera thanks to a new water system being put in place. I don’t say this to boast about the work that we’ve done, I say it to remind myself that the world is so much bigger than the small problems we face in our lives on a day to day basis. And our God is mighty and awesome, never letting anything happen without his permission. Check out some of these photos of God providing, and celebrate with me the power of our God.  – Briana B.


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How $25 feeds 250


Here is a wonderful opportunity for your worship team or choir to serve the poor in Jesus’ name. Cross International has partnered with grassroots Christian organizations located in some of the most impoverished areas of the world.  We provide food to children and families who would otherwise go hungry, and possibly starve to death. By presenting a song and distributing envelopes, your worship team can significantly impact the poor with a minimum amount of details and difficulty. Harmony of Hearts provides choral and solo arrangements free of charge to be presented by your church choir, soloist, or team for a worship service as special music or an offertory.  We also have accompaniment tracks, video, and audio Scripture readings by James Earl Jones that reinforce serving the poor; you may use whatever you deem helpful and appropriate. There is no cost for the materials.  You discuss the work of Cross International by distributing brochures and say a word with the presentation, and perhaps print our website in the bulletin.  We track any response and provide you with the results to report back to your congregation. Just think:  if 10 people provide $25 apiece, your church will feed 2500 people in the name of Jesus. So little will do so much for those in great need. For a free Preview Packet of music and worship materials for your church, email your request to me today. If you are ready now to present a song, order free music & worship materials on-line here (please provide me with a date for your presentation). Serve the poor through your music ministry by contacting me today.


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Who says young people don’t give?


Here’s a story that proves otherwise: College students attending the Passion Conference in Fort Worth… exceeded the set goal and gave over $227,000 to fund a Bible translation project in the Western African nation of Mali. Currently, members of that particular people group in Mali have no access to the Bible in their own language. But now with the money given by students attending the Passion 2011 Fort Worth conference, the people group will receive translation of 90 Bible stories into their “heart” or native language over the next five years. If you want to pump up your youth group by making a huge difference for the poor, contact me about holding a Harmony of Hearts event for your church this summer.


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Send aid to Japan


  Cross International is channeling support for Japan through our global partners that have relationships with Christian churches and ministries working in Japan. We typically rely on our trusted partners to direct our emergency aid in areas where Cross doesn’t support ongoing projects, such as Japan. We will humbly accept the charitable donation the Lord places on your heart for Japan, and we will see that your gift is channeled through our global partners directly to those existing ministries that are in the most dire need. Click here to donate now.  


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Compassion is the best apologetic


CT interviewed Max Lucado about his book Outlive Your Life; You Were Made to Make a Difference, which includes this great exchange: What provoked your interest in poverty? About four years ago, a guy asked me what my great-grandchildren would think about my response to the one billion hungry people on the planet. I had neglected this area in my life and in my teaching. It led to a series I did for the church, which led to this book, which is based on the Book of Acts, about the Jerusalem church. When you study the first 12 chapters of Acts, you see how the church responded to things like hunger, bias, persecution, racial tension, and hypocrisy inside the church. You write, “Cut concern out of the Bible, and you cut the heart out of it.” How do you prioritize poverty among other issues? Compassion is the best apologetic. There are many controversial issues in our culture. The church should take a strong stance on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. But there’s something about compassion that causes society to say, “We’re going to take this person seriously.” Take Mother Teresa. She was confrontational on abortion, but she wasn’t rejected by society. Full interview here.


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Giving ’til it hurts – and loving it


From the Chronicle of Philanthropy: Richard Semmler, a mathematics professor at Northern Virginia Community College, in Annandale, works two additional jobs so he can earn enough money to give away half of his $100,000 income each year. In addition to his financial donations, Mr. Semmler volunteers with some of the charities he supports, including Central Union Mission, in Washington. In this video, he talks about his commitment to Central Union, which works with homeless people, and how giving at this level affects his way of life.


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The Gospel, discipleship and orphan care


Care for orphans is mercy at its most poignant, no doubt. But every act on behalf of the orphan also proclaims the Gospel, revealing to a watching world the heart of the God who “sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:5-6); it re-tells the story of the God who pursued and adopted us when we were destitute and alone. A passion for orphans also plunges believers into discipleship as well.   To care for orphans in any meaningful way most always requires personal, sustained involved in the life of a child.  In the process, we are drawn beyond a comfortable religion of self-actualization to a costly but vibrant faith; and there we encounter Jesus Christ as never before in the need, sorrow and beauty of the orphaned child. – Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans via CatalystSpace.


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