All posts in "Africa"

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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Atheist believes that Africa needs God


Atheist Matthew Parris writes a solid defense for Christian involvement in African for the UK Times On-Line that, if you haven’t seen, you should. The gist: Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good. The close: Those who want Africa to walk tall amid 21st-century global competition must not kid themselves that providing the material means or even the knowhow that accompanies what we call development will make the change. A whole belief system must first be supplanted. And I’m afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete. The entire article here.


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African orphan support – $68/year


Here’s a wonderful opportunity for you to become faithful with a little: The Reencontro Orphans Project in Mozambique provides direct support to more than 7000 orphans and other vulnerable children in Mozambique, Africa. Reencontro is composed of local Christian laypersons and cares for these children, many of whom have lost parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Incredibly enough, $68 provides food, clothing, health care, education or other essentials for a child for approximately one year. Orphans receive food, education, citizenship registration (documentation they need in order to attend school), healthcare, housing, vocational training, income generation projects, and spiritual and psychological counseling. Would you and your worship team be willing to be musical advocates for the Reencontro Orphans Project this fall? If you would present a song during one of your services in September or October, I will provide you brochures, free music, free DVD/audio tracks to support these parentless children in Mozambique. Every single dime raised from your event will go directly to the Reencontro orphans. Call me for details:  1-800-391-8545 ext. 174. Download details on Reencontro here:  Reencontro Orphans Click here for music samples Click here to preview DVD accompaniment tracks Click here to order free music


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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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Billionaire Buffett serves the African poor


Howard Buffett, son of famed Wall Street guru and billionaire Warren Buffett, is spending not just his finances but also his life fighting hunger in Africa. According to the Wall Street Journal: It was ordained that Howard and his two siblings would see the family fortune given away rather than have it to spend on themselves. His father, who lives far below his means in a modest Omaha house, has argued publicly that it does little good for society when children inherit great wealth by virtue of an ‘ovarian lottery’…Of his middle child, he says, ‘he’s got my money and his mother’s heart’… It’s hard to measure the impact of Howard Buffett’s foundation, something Mr. Buffett himself acknowledges. He does most of the work finding and visiting projects…. He employs eight people, mostly in administrative roles. One man is based in South Africa overseeing research on Mr. Buffett’s 6,000 acres of farmland outside Johannesburg. It was there on a wildlife preserve that he set up that a cheetah bit him. Mr. Buffett figures his foundation’s projects have helped about 1.5 million Africans so far. He hopes that the crop-breeding work he is supporting will eventually help millions more African farmers feed their families. Video below is excellent and worth a few minutes of your time. (HT:  Chroncle of Philanthrophy)


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African 15-year-old AIDS orphan triumphs


Our African project officer, Jim Kline, recently returned from a several-week trip to Africa where he met He visited the Reencontro orphan project in Mozambique, which provides care to about 7,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Maputo, including Zeinabo, a 15-year-old double AIDS orphan (below). Zeinabo moved in with her aunt after her parents died and split her day between a vocational tailoring program at Reencontro and her many chores at home. However, her aunt became angry that she was spending so much time at the training program — time she could have spend doing chores.   One day in a rage, she poured hot water on Zeinabo’s feet, thinking it would prevent her from making the long walk to Reencontro. But what was intended for evil, God turned to good! Read the rest of the story from CrossFieldBlog.org here.


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Christian radio supporting Cross International


Please pray for our efforts this month with a large number of Christian radio stations across the U-S. We are working with several radio stations and programs in extending a helping hand to African orphans. Each gift can provide food, clothing, preventative medical care, school expenses, or meet other basic needs of a child-for an entire year. Click here to learn more


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