2019 Annual Report

From our President and CEO

Partners and Friends,

As we look back over 2019, we find so many reasons to rejoice in lives changed, hearts touched, and bodies healed. We are so grateful to God for His provision and blessing, and to our valued partners in this work—whether our faithful ministry partners working in their communities around the world, or our generous donors who give so that others might thrive. This truly is Kingdom work, and it takes the whole body of Christ working together to achieve it.

This time of reflection always stirs up hope and anticipation of what more is to come for Cross International. We are at an exciting time of transition for our organization, as we adopt a new look for our enduring mission and seek to welcome even more donors to our partnership. In the past year, we have accomplished a number of milestones and completed projects all over the world. The coming year offers us new opportunities and new challenges. More than ever, your help and support is needed to address the devastating effects of facing the coronavirus without clean water, adequate nutrition and housing, or financial stability.

Despite these challenges—and perhaps even more so because of them—the board and I continue to strengthen our organization and our international partnerships. As you read this annual report, I hope it will remind you of the immensely valuable work we together have an opportunity to do, and that it will energize you for the future and the amazing opportunities still in front of us.

Sincerely,
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Kelly Miller Signature

President & CEO

Kelly Miller headshot
Kelly Miller Signature

President & CEO

Our Impact in 2019

57 new homes constructed
350+ teachers and school staff funded
553 microloans granted
1,085 people trained in water hygiene
4,144 medical child rescues
7,400 children fed
57 new homes constructed
350+ teachers and school staff funded
553 microloans granted
1,085 people trained in water hygiene
4,144 medical child rescues
7,400 children fed

Our Purpose

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Cross International reaches those in deepest need around the world, helping them thrive. Through longstanding partnerships with local Christian ministries working in their own communities, we empower generous believers who give financial and prayer support to strategically advance the gospel and bring transformative change.
See how our passion for serving others in Christ’s name motivates everything we do.
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Our 2019 Financials

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Our 2019 Financials

As faithful stewards of what the Lord has given us, we are accountable to Him and to our generous donors to be transparent in all our financial practices. We invite you to review our 2019 Audited Financial Report.

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Help Children With Disabilities

The UN estimates that between 93 and 150 million children worldwide live with a disability. In developing countries, these children are often unable to attend school, play outside or access specialized resources. Negative stigma or superstition among their parents, neighbors and community leaders often reinforce these barriers.

This year, we’re providing $60,000 worth of medical equipment to Kupenda for the Children in Kenya. This is a very remote location, and your gift will help cover the shipping costs to this very worthy medical outreach.

This gift will benefit: Kenya

Heal the Sick

In developed countries, basic medical supplies such as gauze, wraps, bandages, and syringes are commonplace. Unfortunately, that is often not the case in the developing world. Christian doctors and volunteers in developing countries frequently run low on these supplies, and they also lack the funds to keep large inventories on hand.

This year, we’re providing $84 million worth of medicines and medical supplies. Your gift will help cover the shipping costs to medical outreaches in some of the most remote areas of the globe

This gift will benefit: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya

Build a Family a Home

A gift of a safe, secure home is tangible affirmation of God’s love for a desperate family — it brings hope, health, stability and opportunity. Most poor families must settle for much less. Mired in poverty, they are forced to live in unsafe shacks fashioned from mud and thatch.

You can provide the life-changing gift of a safe, storm-resistant new home with Cross partners Ambuya Development Center in Malawi and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A new home will ease the family’s burdens, protect them from the wind and rain, and help them achieve their dreams.

This gift will benefit: Guatemala, Malawi

Education

The gift of an education is an investment that reaps long-term dividends for a child’s future. By opening doors for the children of the poor to enroll in Christian schools and get the same educational opportunities as their more economically well-off peers, you are giving not just a hand-out but a “hand-up.”

Your gift will fund Christian education to nurture vulnerable children mentally and spiritually — for thriving futures that will transform hopeless places.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Ecuador, Uganda

Rescue Women and Children in Crisis

Through emergency child rescue services, vocational training, anti-trafficking programs and Bible literacy classes, Cross International is helping vulnerable women and children reclaim their lives. Inspired by Jesus’ love, we work shoulder to shoulder with our in-country partners, empowering them to create change that lasts so that those who need help will eventually be able to stand confidently on their own. Be a part of this good news and make a life-saving gift part of your holidays.

Your gift will help protect victims of gender-based violence and also help save marginalized women and children from harm.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua

Provide Clean, Safe Water

Our ministry partner, the Kachere Development Center, has an ambitious plan to install 20 wells, providing 5,160 adults and 8,414 children with clean water. Our goal is to finance the drilling and installation of one well – part of an entire community water system, which includes training to maintain the well, and sanitation and hygiene training for improved health.

One borehole can provide 2,800 gallons of safe, life-sustaining water every day. Help us bring clean, safe water to one of these villages today — in a way that will last for generations.

This gift will benefit: Zambia

Give Tools for Sustainable Farming

One of nine people worldwide survive on less than $1.90 a day. Without training and supplies to grow moneymaking crops and breed profitable livestock, poor farmers stay locked in the cycle of poverty.

By supporting this fund, you’ll help families break free of poverty — transforming lives for generations. When families get the training and tools they need, it means bountiful harvests and small animals that produce income for a sustainable business model.

This gift will benefit: Guatemala, Nicaragua

Feed Hungry Children

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries.

Your gift will provide meals for ministry partners such as Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi

Most Urgent Needs

Inspired by the love of Jesus, we work shoulder to shoulder with local leaders overseas, equipping families with the resources they need to thrive – basics like food, clean water and healthcare, as well as longer-term community transformation projects that will ensure lasting change.

By giving to our Thriving Kids Initiative, you’re not only meeting children’s Most Urgent Needs, you’re also helping lift their families – even entire communities – out of poverty.

This gift will benefit: Africa, The Caribbean, Central America, South America

Feed Hungry Children

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries like Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Your gift will support the provision of meals and other basic services that are essential for survival. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi

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