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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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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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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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How bad is the Pakistan flooding?


According to a Red Cross disaster relief worker, the situation is both similar and different to the Haiti earthquake: I was in Haiti as part of the relief efforts in February of this year, and I do find some differences and I find also some similarities. What is similar, for instance, is that both the natural disasters [are] affecting extremely poor populations. In Pakistan when you go to the countryside, those people are extremely poor. If we speak about the regions away from the urban areas, those people really have nothing to live with. And then on top of it, if you put the flood; it’s really hard to imagine the people who have survived, whether they were poor like this before the flood or as a consequence of the flood. As in Haiti, the effect on the population is even worse because those people had nothing to begin with and therefore an even less position to really respond to the disaster or even be prepared for this kind of thing. If your worship team or choir would like to help support efforts like these, please contact me and ask about how to present a song for the poor.


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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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Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him


Here is a powerful example (stream audio) of God’s Kingdom breaking out…this time in the midst of incredible suffering from the Haiti earthquake. Here’s the description from the Miami NPR station’s website: This piece reconstructs an inspiring moment amid tragedy and pain, at a makeshift hospital tent in Port-au-Prince.  In it, four medical professionals from South Florida recount their experience landing in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and struggling to meet a desperate need for medical help. One describes the situation as “a war zone.” Another describes a feeling of worthlessness, given the scale of the catastrophe. But then something happens that surprises them: a man begins to play a guitar in the corner of the tent, and patients begin to sing.  Soon every Haitian in the tent is singing or clapping or dancing.  The song: “Jesus, thank you for loving us.” Stay with the story to get the full impact. Project Medishare is one of the efforts Cross International assist post-earthquake, but all the glory goes to God here.


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Island Time – This American Life


Island Time is one of the best radio pieces to illustrate what is going on in Haiti and worth 60 minutes of your time (especially if you like good radio). Here’s the promo blurb: Unprecedented amounts of money have been pledged to Haitian relief in the last few months. American households have given over $1 billion and in March, 120 countries pledged over $9 billion(!) to rebuild. The only problem is that – historically – blanketing a country in aid and money has never really worked so well. Is there a chance this time things could be different?


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Jesus in Haiti – After the Earthquake


By John Piper of Desiring God Do you consider safety, or your health, A sign from me? I am not awed by might, nor struck by wealth, Or poverty. O, I am struck! And crushed. Buried, I wince, And dying, pray, A sympathetic Priest in Port-au-Prince, Even today. But there, in those United States the boot Is on my face. “Saul, Saul,” I ask, “Why do you persecute And not embrace?” Your King, I lift my arms to you in peace And patient grief; And summon now to Haiti enemies For my relief.


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