God’s Accuracy

How great is our God and his accuracy!!  Our Creator and Redeemer … and do we THINK about it??

God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.  For example, the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; those of the canary in 14 days.  The barnyard hen hatches her eggs in 21 days while ducks and geese hatch in 28 days.  Mallards hatch in 35 days and the eggs of the parrot and ostrich hatch in 42 days.  Notice a common denominator?  They are all divisible by seven … the number of days in a week!

God’s wisdom is seen in other animals.  The four legs of the elephant all bend forward in the same direction … no other quadruped is so made.  God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs and for this reason, He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.  The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first; a cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.  How wise the Lord in in all His works of creation!!

God’s wisdom is additionally revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.  Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.  Each orange has a n even number of segments.  Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.  Every bunch of bananas has, on the lowest row, an even number of bananas and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.

The waves of the sea roll into shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.  Every stalk of any kind of grain has an even number of kernels.  The Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, a hundred fold … all even numbers.

God has created the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day.  Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life.  If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and, most likely, a failure.  Only the One who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.

 

 


 

And, this from our CTW family members:

‘Thank you for making these crosses available!  So far, I’ve packed 552 shoeboxes for
Operation Christmas Child this year.  As you open each box, there is the wooden
cross laying right on top.  I lay an open solid color wash cloth over the
clothing and toys in the box and then lay the cross on it.  It looks so pretty.
The ones I ordered are literally traveling around the world.’ – Audrey, MN

‘Thank you for the prompt delivery of our crosses! We received them yesterday and painted 30 of them today to deliver to the New Beginnings Pregnancy Center. We love Jesus and are blessed to use these crosses to show LOVE to others!’ – Krystine, MN

 


 

Our crosses walked with God through these CTW family members in December:

Krystine – MN

Nancy – MO

Jay – MI

Gideons Prison Ministry – Willmar, MN

Carla – MN

Don – MN

Sandi – NC

Denise – MD

Calvary Lutheran Church  – Willmar, MN

Christ Community Church – Nisswa, MN

Wayne – AZ

Frank – MI

Marcia – MN

Marybeth – MN

Don – MN

Sherri – PA

God’s Country Coop Parish – Newberry, MI

Good Samaritan Society – Inver Grove Heights, MN

Carol – AZ

Grace United Methodist Church – Paynesville, MN

 


 

 

When you carry the Bible, Satan has a headache

When you open it, he collapses

When he sees you reading it, he loses his strength

And, when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can’t hurt you

 

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Joy, Peace and Love

 

It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.

  Jean-Baptiste Moliere

 


 

It’s that time of year when we scurry through the shopping malls, scouring the shelves, attempting to find that ‘perfect’ gift.  We curse as the parking lot is full of misparked vehicles and we’re forced to drive up row after row to find a spot we can barely shimmy into.  We shove past the window shoppers as they lazily gaze at items, wondering if they would fit anyone’s fancy.  In our heads, we shout at the stressed store clerks to ‘hurry up, hurry up’.  Finally, out of desperation (and regardless of our age), we wearily climb up on Santa’s knee, looking to him for some last minute, very much needed guidance.

Sound familiar?  We are all shopping for that perfect gift.  But, in our haste, we overlook the most valuable gift ever … the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We should be spending our time preparing … expecting … listening … all the rest of this commercial craziness called holiday cheer is truly meaningless.

I want to share this poem, written a long time ago, by an unnamed author.  Perhaps you will find it as meaningful as I do:

There’s no Christmas without Jesus; it’s to Him our eyes should see.
Not to jolly Old Saint Nicholas, not a glitt-ring Christmas tree!
Shops in town are decorated, decked in colors bright and gay.
Tinsel lights and shapes created merge into one grand display.

“There’s no Christmas without buying gifts and toys to give”, they say.
Oh, that they should be realizing all these things will fade away!
Santa Claus is just a story; reindeer never pulled his sleigh.
Why then, does he get the glory on this sacred, holy day?
 

But a baby in a manger really lived in Israel.
He was born to be our Savior; it’s His story we must tell!
He gave up all His heav’nly riches for to manifest His love!
Take the tinsel and the glitter and the santas all away,
For God’s love is far, far greater than this manmade grand display!
 

And when we stop to think about it, all the time that perfect gift is right before our very eyes; that perfect gift is within our very hearts!  We are reminded to pause and find joy in Jesus’ birth, to feel the promise of peace and love only He can provide that will renew our hope is this crazy world of today.

Christmas is a time when we should all keep Christ at the top of our shopping list by honoring His presence in our lives.  With every gift we receive, we need to take a moment to look up to the heavens … recall a shining star, a manger and the greatest gift of all … Jesus Savior, our Heavenly King … for there is no joy as deep, no hope as eternal, and no love as secure as that found in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

 


 

And, it is with joy that we share these comments from our CTW family:

‘Just thought that I’d let you know that I recently passed out a half-dozen crosses (which I received while visiting Kansas this summer) when visiting Christians in Kyrgyzstan. A little Kyrgyz boy, the son of a pastor in Bishkek, said that he would be happy to keep one for himself and give others to his friends.’ – Bradn

‘We sent off 22 Operation Christmas Boxes last week.  Each box received a Cross the World necklace.   I am a Parish Nurse here at Faith Lutheran.  I am in the group of Centracare Nurses at St. Cloud hospital.  I was privileged to help give away 400 crosses at the Health Fair in St. Cloud.  Thank you for your faithful ministry in crossing the world with the cross of Christ.’ – Kay, MN

 


 

A little humor probably only us Norwegians will relate to!

 

 


 

We are so blessed to have you all in the CTW family …  and, each month, our family continues to grow.  Here’s where our crosses walked in November:

            Lutheran Heritage Foundation – Macomb, MI

            Nordland Lutheran Church – Paynesville, MN

            Susan – MN

            Joplin Family Worship Center – Joplin, MO

            Mary Jo – MN

            Pastor Pete – AZ

            Mona – KS

            Aliquippa Christian Assembly – Aliquippa, PA

            Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

            Stella – OR

            Crossing Home – Minneapolis, MN

            Carla – MN

            Karl – MN

            United Church of Christ – Hackensack, MN

            Christian House Baptist Chapel – Aliquippa, PA

            Joan – MN

 


 

For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through,

the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

 John Greenleaf Whittier

 

 

All of us at Cross The World wish you the joy of Jesus’

grace, love and peace for the coming year.

A THANKFUL HEART

November is a ‘thankful’ month for me … Thanksgiving comes near the end of the month and always presents the wonderful opportunity to enjoy time with the family.  We hug each other; we laugh at each other; we eat too much together.  It’s a great family get-together!  But, of course, there’s more!!

On  Thanksgiving Day, and from the comfort of my La-Z-Boy in front of my big screen TV, I can enjoy watching a pompous parade of overstuffed cartoon characters meandering down the streets of New York City, followed by one over-commercialized football game after another.  Then, the next day, I can immerse myself into the insane Christmas shopping stream … racing from one department store to another, trying to time my entrance to get the best deal on some material item, spending way more money than I have or could possibly make in a year.

Or … I could humbly spend my time being thankful.

Today is Veterans Day.  Yes, it’s a holiday … no mail, no banking.  But, it’s more than that … it’s a kick-off of my ‘thankful’ season.  There are men and women out there in the military, retired or active, who are bestowing me a monumental blessing of freedom … not just today … but every day.

They are risking their lives … for me.  Many of them have already suffered wounds that will never heal … for me.  Some have already lost limbs, vision, mobility; some have returned from duty to find their jobs replaced, their homes closed to them, or their family life, as they remember it, in tatters … for me.  Others are serving in distant lands, far from anything that is familiar or comfortable to them.  Their sleep may be shattered by noises they haven’t heard before; their days may be spent dealing with sandstorms or drenching rains or suspicious roadside travelers.  They won’t be spending their holidays with loved ones this year; their Thanksgiving dinner may be served cold from a can and their TV may be non-existent.  And, they may be crying out in pain or fear, only to ears that don’t hear.  They may be doing all of this … all for me.

And, so, I think … what can I possibly do for these brave men and women to let them know just how thankful I am to them?  I can remember what they have fought for and are continuing to stand for; I can pray for their safety because, without them, I wouldn’t be.  I can honor them for their service and pay them the tribute they deserve.  I can let them know I am proud of our United States soldiers and that I am proud of the United States of America.  I can stand by them.

I am truly overwhelmingly humbly thankful for them … not just today, but every day.  I pray that you will join me in saying ‘Thank you’ to all our military.

 

 


 

Here is a wonderful and fun fact on how M&Ms began their long and tasty journey:

In the 1930’s, during the Spanish Civil War, Forrest Mars St., son of the founder of the Mars Company, developed the idea for the M&M candies when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, preventing the candies from melting.

Ten years later, he struck a deal to produce his new candy with Hershey’s Bruce Murrie and this arrangement allowed the candies to be made with Hershey chocolate (the Hershey Company, at the time, had control of the rationed chocolate).  The duo named the candy after their initials, gained a patent for the invention, and started distributing their candies, which were packed in cardboard tubes, to the soldiers during World War II.

In 1945, after the war ended, the M&M packaging changed to the wrappers we still see today, and the candies were introduced to the public.  In 1949, the tagline ‘Melts in your mouth, not in your hand’ was released by the company; in 1950, a black ‘M’ was imprinted on each candy and in 1954, the color was changed to white.

After all these years, it still remains one of the most popular chocolate candies in the US.

 


 

We’ve heard such wonderful testimonials this past month … we have to share!!

 

I just love these crosses!  I feel God’s blessings every time I give one away. – Don, MN

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Thank you so very much for sending the crosses.  We are placing them in zip lock bags along with candy for the children that may stop by on Halloween. It is our way of showing them that we do not celebrate evil, but we celebrate Christ. Thank you and God bless. – Moore Ministries, FL

(The tag on the zip lock bag reads: ‘Let’s not teach our children to celebrate evil and witchcraft.’)

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Yesterday, I delivered 200 of the Spanish crosses and 150 of the English crosses to the catholic church up the road; they have Spanish services at noon on Sunday. Hopefully, the congregation will be able to use the crosses in their ministry and/or share them with other locations. I will be assisting with the soup kitchen through Churches United for the Homeless and will have the crosses available there. Through the crosses, there was a lot of hope shared there the last time Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church assisted … big burley guys with Harley jackets and torn clothing had tears in their eyes. You never know what others have gone through, but we know Who brought them in that night.  – Carla, MN

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My other profession is as a public school teacher and today, I received an email from a fellow teacher at a different school.  This email began this way, “I am sorry I was so rude to year last year.  I know I hurt you.”  Now I had to think really hard about that as I just couldn’t remember her ever being rude to me.  She went on to tell the story.  Here is the short version:

About a hundred teachers were attending a teacher leadership conference at a nearby hotel and, while on a break, I was sitting, alone, at my table.  Suddenly, a hand came stabbing in from over my shoulder and a finger was pointed at a cross I had laying on the tabletop, a Cross The World cross.  She fairly loudly groaned and said, “Oh, you are one of those!”  I was a bit startled by her remark because I didn’t know she was standing behind me.  When I turned and smiled, I saw she was a bit upset …  well, maybe not a bit …  she was very upset.  Then she said, “I guess you believe in that Jesus.”  I said, “Oh yes, I do.  Do you?”  She spurted out a string of obscenities as she spun and stomped away.

I was too stunned to respond at first and then I believe the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart saying that young woman is hurting.  I started to follow her across the large conference room we were in, and when I was about halfway, she saw me and pointed at me with a look on her face that told me not to come any closer.  I held up my hands in surrender and turned back to my table.  I was feeling sort of whipped;  I wanted to go to her but I knew I wasn’t welcome.  I prayed for that lady right then and I asked God to heal her broken heart.  I forgot about the incident.  I really didn’t think it was a big deal.  I was, oh, so wrong!

In her email, she told of all the tribulation she had been going through.  Her father and mother had both died earlier that year, she had her third miscarriage and the doctor told her she could never have children, her husband had left her because she was so mean to him, and she had just been diagnosed with cancer.  Okay, that would be enough the break the heart of even the strongest person … I read on.  She said she had slipped back into the conference room when we were on our next break and, finding no one at my table, she took the cross and snuck away.  Because we were so busy the rest of the day, I didn’t notice that the cross was missing.

Late that night, all alone in the dark, she wept, holding that cross.  These are the words she said she cried, “Oh God, if you are there, I need you.”  She immediately felt the sorrow, and guilt, and grief, and pain lift from her.  She went back to church that coming Sunday and gave her life to Christ.  She said, “Thank you for the cross, but that I couldn’t have it back.”  She has since learned that she is now a new creation, having been born again.  By the way, she is now cancer free.

What is the power of the cross?  Well…. – Pastor Stan – MN

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As the song goes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  It’s a time of sharing … and we want to help you help others share God’s love through the cross this season.

Please, if you are considering giving our crosses away through shoeboxes, Christmas bags, personal visits, mission work, etc., and you haven’t gotten your request for them to us yet, we’re asking that you do so as soon as you can.  Please help us by giving us as much time as you can to make sure you receive your crosses when you need them.  Thank you!!

 


 

We count our blessings for our Cross The World family; our crosses traveled here in October:

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Helen – ND

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

SonRise Christian School – Bluffton, MN

Catherine – MN

Dodie – MN

Rodnes Lutheran Church – Erskine, MN

Carla – MN

Don – MN

Paradise and Hulbert United Methodist Church – Newberry, MI

Answer in Jesus Ministries – Ramsey, MN

Community Care ‘n Share  Café – Emily, MN

Moore Ministries – Ruskin, FL

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Ladies – Cohasset, MN

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School – Rochester, MN

New Life Church – Foley, MN

Restoration Book Store – Crosby, MN

Churches United for the Homeless – Moorhead, MN

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church – Fargo, MN

Karen – MN

 


 

The ABC’s

It’s September.  Where did the summer go?  I can’t believe it … but believe it, I must.  Like dusting cookies with colored sugar, Mother Nature is beginning to cast her bright jewels of brilliant crimson, sunset orange and canary yellow among the green canopy of the trees that surround our home.    And, it might be my imagination but it seems the lake has taken on a richer color as the blue waves gently lap onto the shore, inticing us to enjoy yet another pontoon ride before it gets too chilly.  The daytime sky is almost transparent now and it seems you can almost look through the vibrant blue, into the great unknown.  I suppose it has something to do with the crisp evenings we’re starting to have.

And, there’s another very visible sign of September … a very active, very colorful vehicle that tells everyone school is back in session …  the unmistakeable blaze orange school bus. 

Yes, school’s back in session.  Kids are refreshing summer absent friendships; finding their way to their lockers through the maze of the new school; rediscovering the ‘magic’ of studying and learning.

And, so, as the kids are brushing up on their alphabet, maybe it’s time we adults took a look at our Biblical alphabet …

Always give thanks1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

Build others up1 Thessalonians 5:11-15

Cast your cares on HimPsalm 55:22

Delight in God’s wordJeremiah 15:16

Expect great thingsEphesians 3:20

Forgive as you have been forgivenColossians 3:12-13

Give cheerfully and generously2 Corinthians 9:6-12

Humble yourself1 Peter 5:5-6

Increase your faith2 Peter 1:5-10

 Joy in the journeyPhilippians 4:11-13

Know His loveEphesians 3:16-19

Listen to wise counselProverbs 11:14, 24:6

Make peace with othersMatthew 5:22-24

Never give upGalatians 6:9-10

Overflow with kindnessEphesians 4:31-32

Pray without ceasingEphesians 6:18

Quiet yourselfPsalm 46:10

Renew your mindRomans 12:2

Seek to do His willMatthew 7:17-27

Tell the truth in loveEphesians 4:15-16

Use the gifts God has given youRomans 12:4-8

Value godliness1 Timothy 4:7-9

Work unto the LordColossians 3:22-24

Experience His presence1 Peter 1:8-9

Yield to othersPhilippians 2:3-8

Zealously share the reason for your hope1 Peter 3:14-16

 


 

Some comments from our CTW family members:

I helped in the Parish Nurse booth today at the Senior Expo in St Cloud.  We handed out the 400 crosses from Cross The World in less than 2 hours.  Amazing!   Praise the Lord.

Kay – MN

The kids loved the crosses!  The hammering was the favorite part, I think. Camp St. Michael was a huge, huge success and kids are already planning for next year. Thank you again for the crosses and the amazing gift of your call to the cross.  What an example you are to us all.  Blessings and Prayers of Joy.

Monica – Staples Motley Catholics, MN

And, last month, we were privileged to send our crosses to these family members:

              John – NV

              Brenda – ND

              Dar – MN

              United Methodist Women of Merced CA – Merced, CA

              First United Methodist Church – Manistique, MI

              Good News Community Church – Jackson, MN

              Pam – WA

              Staples Motley Catholics – Staples, MN

Thank you so much for all you do. 

To God be the Glory!!!

 


 

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

– Mother Teresa

 

Working Until Jesus Comes

Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody and Joe Nobody were neighbors, but they were not like you and me.  There were odd people and most difficult to understand.  The way they lived was a shame.

All four belonged to the same church, but you would not have enjoyed worshipping with them.  EVERYBODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends.  ANYBODY wanted to worship but was afraid SOMEBODY wouldn’t speak to her.  So guess who went to church … NOBODY.

Really, NOBODY was the only decent one of the four.  NOBODY did the visitation; NOBODY worked on the church building.  Once they needed a Sunday school teacher.  EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY would do it, and ANYBODY thought SOMEBODY would do it.  And you know who did it?  That’s exactly right … NOBODY!

It happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area.  EVERYBODY thought SOMEBODY should try to win him for Christ.  ANYBODY could have made an effort.  You probably know who finally won him:  NOBODY!

This little parable brings to focus again the fact that each of us is personally responsible for God’s work.  If we leave it for somebody or everybody or anybody, nobody will do it.  Let’s work till Jesus comes!

Compliments of THE TRACT LEAGUE

 


 

In July, God’s love through the cross was shared by these CTW family members:

Bill – MN

Our Saviors Lutheran Church – Topeka, KS

Our Saviors Lutheran Church  – Stillwater, MN

Esther – MN

Sue – MN for mission work in Romania

Colman Lutheran Church – Colman, SD

Nancy – MO

Carla – MN

Dodie – MN

First United Methodist Church – Manistique, MI

Darlene – MN

Lakeview Covenant Church – Duluth, MN

Bill’s Sportsman’s Service – Aitkin, MN

Don – MN

 


 
I want to share this update on ‘Uncle Don’, our most treasured member of the CTW family.  You’ll remember that I did a story on him before, when we met at the local grocery store (click HERE to read Don’s story).  Since then, he’s moved from Brainerd to Little Falls, MN, returning to his roots and closer to his son.

He calls us from time to time, usually about every other month.  We chat for a few minutes, catching up on what’s new … and, then, it’s down to business.  The purpose of his call is always the same.  He needs crosses!!!  You see, since we met Don in 2015, he has made it his personal mission to touch as many people’s hearts as he can while bringing them closer to God, one cross at a time.

About two weeks ago, Ernie and I trekked down to Little Falls with another stash of crosses.  Nothing special about our part of the visit … it was all about Don.  We just wanted to spend more time with him and experience the visual joy of how one person shares God’s love in such an unassuming way.

As Don simply tells it, he rides his motorized cart, fully equipped with His love (and our crosses), to the entrance of the Little Falls Care Center, (managed by St. Francis Health Service located in Morris, MN) every afternoon around 2 and sits at the front door for about an hour and a half.  During that time, no one can miss the dedicated ‘official greeter’ with his warm smile.  Pleasantly, he asks the gentle question, ‘Would you like a cross?’ and THAT’S when the magic begins to happen as the cross passes from the cart’s basket to the hands of the eager recipient.  You can almost feel the electricity of God’s love as it dances across that invisible string from Don’s hands to the waiting heart!

Don interacts with staff and residents as well as cheerfully greeting visitors, handing out crosses the entire time.  Sometimes, there’s a birthday party or family reunion and the crosses bless many lives; other times, there is only one or two visitors who stop by.  But, it doesn’t make any difference … Don is always there, and his mission is gratefully being fulfilled.

We continue to marvel at his dedication.  He says giving the crosses away is something to do and they give him a daily purpose at this stage of his life.  But, we know it’s more monumental than that.  We know that God has chosen Don to be His beacon so others will come to know, as Don does, that God does love them and that He is their only needed solace.  God has awarded Don this irresistible, wonderful gift and he glows because of it.

 

We are just as drawn to Don now as we were when we first met in that grocery store 2 years ago.  Since that time, he has personally handed out over 2500 crosses, just within the two assisted living campuses he’s lived in!  Wow!!  Should we all say it together:  ‘When we grow up, we want to be just like Don’.  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world?!?! 

May God continue to richly bless our ‘Uncle Don’!

 


 

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

– Mother Teresa

 

Happy Hands, Happy Hearts Revisited

 
 
 

Our crosses were recently shared by these CTW family members:

He Intends Victory – Bullhead City, AZ for mission work in Kenya and Uganda

Augustana Lutheran Church – W. St. Paul, MN

Colman Lutheran Church – Colman, SD

Church of St. Joseph – St. Joseph, MN

The Center for Family Counseling – St. Cloud, MN

Hubbard United Methodist Church – Hubbard, MN

My Father’s House – Minneapolis, MN

Don – MN

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church – Tucson, AZ

Trinity Lutheran Church – Fergus Falls, MN for mission work in Canada through the LAMP program

Joan – WI

St. Odilia Catholic Church – Shoreview, MN

Lighthouse Fellowship – Milaca, MN

Tony – MN

First United Methodist Church – Manistique, MI

Carla – MN

Bill – MN

We say ‘Thank You!!!’ for providing the feet for our crosses to ‘take a hike’!

And, these comments to share:

God is so awesome.  Crosses were on the table at a soup kitchen which we were led to!!! Thank you for your ministry.  It was a tearful blessing to watch the less fortunate grab a cross and tie it on them.  To God be the glory!!!  In Christ, Bob & Pam from Washington

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We will sing ‘To God Be The Glory’ on Sunday and remember your love and the ministry of Cross The World with the cross of Christ.  May Jesus be Glorified and proclaimed to the people of Monticello as we hand out these crosses on June 10th at the Monticello ‘Walk and Roll Day’.  Thanks for making it possible for Faith Lutheran Church to be used by the Lord in evangelism in Monticello, MN.  God bless you and your friends always.  Kay from Minnesota

Don’t repay a kindness; pass it on.

 


 

In January, 2015, we introduced you to our ‘Happy Hands, Happy Hearts’ volunteer work force, residents of Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby, MN.  The first Monday of every month, Ernie brings them 5-gallon pails of crosses and all the supplies needed to string, tag and bag those crosses.  When we started working with them, the total number of crosses completed in about an hour was 600.  Not only have these diligent, dedicated ladies (and sometimes there is a man or two who will pop his head in but is usually scared away by the chatter and laughter!) continued their involvement in our ministry but they have also picked up speed … completing about 2000 crosses in the same time!

Here’s the original story about ‘Ernie’s girls’ and, when you look at the photos we took of them working the first Monday in June of this year, you’ll see a lot of familiar faces.  They are still smiling and chattering and laughing … it truly is God at work.  We ALL couldn’t be happier!!

 


 

 

 

 

And, so, no good deed goes unattended.  Here’s the same gals at our house a couple of weeks later, enjoying an indoor picnic with us.  It was a great time … good food, lots of laughter, tons of fellowship, mountains of love! (Trust me … they DID have a good time.  I guess I’ll have to remind them to smile the next time I snap their picture!~!~!)

 


 

 

 

 

We are so blessed to have the Heartwood Senior Living complex in our lives. Our hearts are brimming over with gratitude and love for each and every one of them.
 
PS – I just have to share the simple, delectable dessert my sister came up with for the day.  She cut watermelon, minus the rind, in circles about 2” thick and 3” in diameter (similar to the size of a hamburger patty), drizzled Hershey’s dark chocolate ice cream topping over the melon, added a dollop of Cool Whip and finished dressing it with some chocolate sprinkles.  DOUBLE YUM!!  What a light dessert to finish any summer meal … try it, I guarantee you’ll love it!!!