All posts in "Feeding the hungry"

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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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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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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Homeless bringing revival to Nashville?


Southern Gospel singer Candy Christmas thinks so, according to CT: In November 2004, Christmas founded The Bridge Ministry—named for its location under the Jefferson Bridge near the riverbank—after taking a pot of jambalaya to a group of homeless people on a visit with a local pastor. The Bridge is now a thriving ministry which includes a weekly church service on Tuesday nights to feed and preach to up to 500 attendees. Other local churches and ministries (including the Salvation Army) also reach out to these homeless. Some of those organizations use the Bridge’s 20,000 square-foot warehouse—a resource hub for nonprofits—which is stocked with dry goods, toiletries, and coats to pass out for the winter. Here’s where the revival part enters: Their desire to give back to the community may be the most inspiring effect of The Bridge Ministry, convincing Christmas and many others of the revival they could lead. Their lack of resources is no hindrance.  That spirit was exemplified one night last year when Christmas shared about her other ministry—the Candy House, a school for orphans in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She recalls, still in awe, how she told the Bridge crowd about her 2009 trip to Haiti, noting that it’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. “They started getting up, bringing their quarters and their dollars,” she says. Though Christmas tried to stop them—she simply wanted to raise awareness, not funds—they kept coming. “That night we took up $42.53. So now I’ve got homeless people that are trying to get their passports to go to Port-Au-Prince to build this orphanage.” Christmas shares how serving the poor helped cure her of depression here. I remember Smitty mentioned this ministry a while back, but did not know that Candy was the one primarily used to get it going & flourishing. God apparently uses the things that our world considers weak and despised to show His glory (1 Cor 1).


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Goal: 5 million meals


With the help of generous Christians, we are providing 5 million meals in one year to some of the poorest of the poor. The year is coming to a close, and we are just about 384,000 meals short of our goal of 5,000,000 meals. We need your help to fill the funding gap. Our ministry partners around the world are depending on us for these meals, which will be distributed through school feeding programs, shipments to disaster and famine victims, nutrition centers, and feeding programs for the elderly, sick, and orphaned. The need is great, but we know that every meals helps:  “It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that even one of these little ones should perish” (Matthew 18:14). Click here to discover how your church worship team or choir can help feed the hungry. Click here to donate directly.


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Bob Dylan for Christmas


Billboard reports that Mr. Zimmerman’s new Christmas release, Christmas in the Heart, will donate ‘all present and future royalties to Feeding America, an anti-hunger charity. Says Mr. Zimmerman: “It’s a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone — 12 million of those children — often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from. I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season.” Street date for the release is October 13. Maybe Dylan will look beyond the U-S borders next time.  I’ve got a great charity to suggest (-; Photo cred:  Billboard.com


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World hunger 2009


In 2009, the ranks of the world’s hungry reached a record 1 billion — and the number continues to rise. Every six seconds a child dies from hunger-related causes. More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women. Poor nutrition causes nearly one in three people to die prematurely or become disabled. In the developing world, 26 percent of children under the age of 5 are moderately to severely underweight. Here’s what you can do: Baptist Soup Kitchen – Philipsburg, St. Maarten (Carribean) Many people have come to St. Maarten looking for work, but instead have found themselves jobless, homeless and hungry. $190 feeds 100 people per week! Read More… Calvary Baptist School Feeding program – Port au Prince, Haiti The 6,600 students who attend the 18 CBC schools would not be able to stay alert and learn were it not for the nutritious school meal they enjoy every day…the only meal most will eat that day. $59,400 run feeding for an entire year! Read More… Christian Home Care program – Kitwe, Zambia Christian laypersons volunteer to bring food, material support and encouragement to almost 100 chronically ill, homebound patients too sick to fend for themselves-many of whom are suffering from T.B. or dying of AIDS. $40 helps one patient for an entire month! Read More… More from our Project Catalog here.


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Kayaking for Christ


Mark Towery is circumnavigating Vancouver Island solo to raise money for the Kondanani Children’s Village in Blantyre, Malawi, one of our projects at Cross International. From Mark’s website: Most of the world does not know life with the privileges that we have here in America. Imagine as a child never having enough food, medicine or even a place to live. A lot of children in this region do not live to see adulthood. Many of them will never have the chance to know Jesus, or hear the wonderful words the Bible holds. Some Americans may have mixed feelings about giving money that goes to help outside of this country but in God’s eyes is any one child, no matter where they were born or currently live, more important than another? Here in America there are so many more programs for the poor that other countries, such as Malawi, simply do not have the resources. Track Mark’s progress from his website here. Please pray for him and the Kondanani Children’s Village in Malawi.


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Lazarus waits, Rachel weeps


A thoughtful post here from Jill Carattini of Ravi Zacharias Ministries. Here’s the nut of it: In our impervious boxes and minimalist depictions of the Christian story, we comfortably live as if in our own world, blind and unconcerned with the world of suffering around us, intent to tell our feel-good stories while withdrawing from the harder scenes of life… In reality, the stories Jesus left us with are so much more than wishful thinking and his proclamations of the kingdom among us are far from declarations of escapism. The story of Rachel weeping for her slaughtered children and Lazarus waiting in agony at the gate of someone who could make a difference are two stories among many that refuse to let us sweep the suffering of the world under the rug of unimportance. The fact that they are included in the gospel that brings us the hope of Christ … For Christ brings the kind of hope that can reach even the most hopeless among us. And Jesus hasn’t overlooked the suffering of the world anymore than he has invited his followers to do so; it is a part of the very story we tell. Thus, precisely because the faith we proclaim is not a drug that anesthetizes or a dream that deludes, we must tell the whole story and not merely the parts that lessen our own pain. We must also live as people watchful and ready to be near those who weep and wait–the poor, the demoralized, and the suffering. There are far too many Rachels who are still weeping and Lazaruses who are still waiting, waiting for men and women of faith to be the good news they proclaim.


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