James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” In developing countries around the world, orphanages, schools, boarding homes and feeding centers are committed to practicing this pure and selfless form of Christian care. Their individual goals may differ, but all have the same basic objective — to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, providing them a future with hope.
At Cross International, we believe that in order for children to thrive, they must have a stable environment. That’s why we work with dedicated ministry partners in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa who are committed to caring for orphans and vulnerable children. The need is great. In some areas of the world, virtually an entire generation of parents has been wiped out by the AIDS pandemic, leaving millions of children to struggle on without caretakers or guidance. By supporting the child-care efforts of our ministry partners, these kids will enjoy nourishing meals, have safe places to sleep and receive door-opening educations. They will also have access to professional counseling and the Word of God.
This includes cash for locally grown foods as well as shipping costs for pre-packed fortified rice. Your efforts are meeting the immediate nutritional needs of thousands of vulnerable children and their families, while playing a vital role in our ministry partners’ efforts to nourish bodies, minds and souls.
Cross International is working with Canaan Orphanage in Montrouis — a coastal community north of Port-au-Prince — to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of at-risk kids and equip them to thrive. Administered by Togetherness in Christ, Canaan faces numerous challenges, mostly brought on by the pandemic and the civil unrest that has plagued Haiti. The 93-acre campus includes dorms, a nursery, a school, a medical clinic, a chapel, and a farm, and employs about two dozen staff members. Expenses add up quickly as Canaan must keep up with the demand for food, clothing, toiletries, farming supplies, medical and dental care, as well as school materials.