Alarm.  Confusion.  Disobedience.  Anguish.  Tension.  Disorder.  Frustration.  Fear.  Disbelief.  Denial. Whatever adjective you want to use, it’s vastly present in today’s world.  Who would have ever thought we would be in a crisis situation such as this?  Unbelievable … or so we thought.  But, here it is … at our doorstep, in our homes and businesses, affecting our lives every minute of every day … an invisible, yet deadly threat to all of us.

This is real, folks, whether you want to accept it or not.  Life as we knew it a month ago, last week or even yesterday, is nothing like this exact moment or like it will be the next hour, the next day …this could go on for months … or longer.  Everything we knew in the past has changed, rapidly and confusingly.

Because of the unknown, we are fearful, we are uncomfortable, some of us are falling apart at the seams.  So, when life falls apart, what do you do?  All of us have faced difficult circumstances before, some of these situations lasting a long time.  Unless we have a purposeful focus, we flounder and can’t get a grip.  But, the good news, and there is some … we can find hope and peace by setting our eyes on God and focusing on His character, His ways, and His will.

Maybe now is a great time to reread the sayings on the hangtag we put on each of the crosses you’ve shared with others.  I hope you will spend some time thinking about each one.

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Trust in His Timing

This might be the time in our lives when we have to learn to let go.  Say good-bye to loved ones, rid ourselves of unnecessary possessions, release control, and TRUST.  Trust God … just one day at a time, as the song goes.  Practice trusting and thanking Him over and over as we go through each day. By practicing putting our trust in Him, He will lift us above our present circumstances.  We will gather strength and our fears will be taken away, as he promised.

‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.’
Proverbs 16:9

Rely on His Promises

When we talk our heart matters over with God, He will answer us.  He does want to hear what we have to say and we shouldn’t ever be afraid to share this intimacy with Him.  After all, He knows what’s in our hearts before we even speak. In today’s hysterical world, there are many maniacal voices out there that are trying to pull us in all the wrong directions.  We need to take time from this chaos; find a place we can be still and listen to His voice and His voice only.  He has promised us strength, hope, peace and awareness of His continual presence; no power can deny that.

Taste and see that I am good.’
Psalm 34:8

Wait for His Answers 

Of all the sayings on the hangtag, this is probably the hardest one for me.  I ask; I pray … but I don’t always wait.  I’m human; I’m too impatient … ‘Give it to me now or I’ll do it myself!’  That attitude gets me in a lot of trouble.  But I’m slowly learning the more patiently I pray, the more answers I receive if I just open my heart and talk earnestly to God.  When I ask Him to lead me and then patiently wait, His guidance is always given.  Patience!  It’s simple, but not easy … please, God, can you make it easier for me??

‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.’
2 Peter 3:9

Rejoice in His Goodness

God loves to shower blessings on us, His beloved children.  Let’s approach Him with open hands and thankful hearts, ready to receive all He has to give.  It’s impossible to thank Him too much but every minute we do, we glorify Him and that fills our hearts with unspeakable joy!  He is our constant companion and is totally devoted to us.  By glorifying Him, our hearts become so full of the Holy Spirit that we become an example to others!

‘I take great delight in you; I rejoice over you with singing.’
Zephaniah 3:17

Believe in His Miracles

Sometimes the road we’re on seems impossible to travel.  But, when we walk along this road, hand in hand with God, we face nothing alone … pleasures, hardships, adventures, disappointments.  He brings beauty from the ashes; He gleans joy out of sorrow; and, He restores peace from adversity.  I wake up each morning asking, ‘God, what great thing will You show me today?’  Remember:  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  This King of Kings is my eternal BFF … not to be outdone by anyone or anything else!  Glorious!!

We cannot understand the great things He does,
and to His miracles there is no end.’
Job 5:9

Relax in His Presence

God’s plan for us is greater than we can even imagine but not many people realize that.  We are normally so busy scurrying around that we completely miss what He has in mind for us.  I suggest that now would be a great time to take some time with God and soak in His love and grace.  I think that as we relax more and more with Him, we’ll find that whatever we’re holding onto so tight will gradually release. And, as we release more and more things into God’s care, we will come to know that He will never let go of our hand. And, therein lies our security, not to be taken by anyone or any circumstance ever again.

I am with you, watching over you wherever you go.’
Genesis 28:15

As we continue working our way through the pandemic that’s sweeping the world, we need more than ever to hold tight to the cross.  We need to remember what Jesus did on that cross for us … He died so we could live.  He gave us salvation; He freed us from paying for our sins; His grace and love are ours for eternity.  Jesus isn’t asking for us to pay Him back but the least we should do is be a godly example for others and help them grow strong spiritually.  We should be the light so others can see Him through us.  Maybe that’s the answer to our prayer, ‘Lord, so many people are hurting in so many ways.  I want to help.  What would you have me do?’

Abba Father:

This world, as we have known it, is reeling and we need You more than we’ve ever needed You.  We know You are speaking to us; we ask that You help us open our ears and our hearts to Your Will.  The coronavirus pandemic is a very real thing and it is affecting many, many lives.  Please give those infected, those isolated/quarantined, those sheltered at home strength, comfort and hope; we all need to feel Your tender care.  Please protect the doctors, nurses and staff attending the infected; give them the knowledge and guidance to treat this disease.  More than ever, this is the time we need our government officials to work together; we ask that You guide them to make sound, timely decisions for all of us.  Please watch over the many manufacturing companies as they feverishly work to produce the equipment/materials so badly needed by the medical teams.  And, please bless the military and the private sector as they step up, in whatever capacity that may be, to offer helping hands to their neighbors.  We are all calling out to You to lead and guide us, to erase our confusion and fear.  Your Will will be done; please give us patience to wait for Your answers.

Amen

 


 

I wanted to share these great words from our family:

God bless you!  These crosses will go to residents in the nursing home.

Kathy – MN

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Blessings to all at Cross The World in the matchless name of Jesus.  We have a small church in Ottumwa, IA and we declare in the name of Jesus the crosses we order are going to be a huge ministry tool for our church to use to witness for our Lord and add to the Kingdom of God.  Hallelujah!  Thanks be to God!  God bless. Thank you!

Pam – Jesus is the Answer Fellowship, Ottumwa, IA

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Thank you so much for your ministry!

Pastor Bonnie – Cando Lutheran Church, Cando, ND

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I was a missionary to Ukraine off and on for about 25 years, also spent time in Moldova, and Poland. I recently received a cross from a church called Hope in Westminster, California. I try to go to the Huntington Beach Pier and make myself available for people that pass by either for prayer, or some free Christian materials about the love of Jesus Christ. I also go to various food banks in Orange County. With Resurrection Sunday around the corner, I would love to pass these out to those who desire one. 

David – CA

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God bless your ministry!

Pastor Tom – Alverton United Methodist Church, Youngwood, PA

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And, we are so thankful that crosses were generously shared by these kind folks in March:

Diane – TX

Epworth United Methodist Church – New Castle, PA

Byers Avenue United Methodist Church – Joplin, MO

Santa Cruz Lutheran Church – Tucson, AZ

First English Lutheran Church – Spencer, IA

Ilonha – VA

Jennifer – IN

Joy – MN

Sue – MN for Lamp Ministries

Dodie – MN

Christ Lutheran Church – Slayton, MN

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

The Word Christian Church – Ft. Mohave, AZ

Brenda – ND

Brenda – CO

Tom – CA

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

Greg – MI

St. Francis Hospital – Tulsa, OK

Bob – MN

Holy Cross Church – Onamia, MN

Cando Lutheran Church– Cando, ND

Stella – OR

Christian Senior Bible Study – Foley, MN

Good Samaritan Society – Inver Grove Heights, MN

Roger – IL

Jesus Is The Answer Fellowship – Ottumwa, IA

Alverton United Methodist Church – Youngwood, PA

Volunteers of America Care Center – Sleepy Eye, MN

Frank – MI

David – CA

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center – Crosby, MN

My Father’s House – Minneapolis, MN

 


 

And, finally, we all need a chuckle.

Until next time, stay healthy!!

We received some lovely words from some CTW family members; we just had to share:

‘My friends and I surely appreciate the crosses you make.  I give them out to all kinds of people who cross my path and they are almost always appreciated.  If not, we can say ‘give it to someone you love’.  One such man said he’d give it to his wife who had cancer.  I’m assuming it blessed her.’

‘The crosses are such a unique way to lift people’s hearts upward to our Lord.  Almost always well received.  I give ‘bunches’ to friends to hand out … and they do!  Thank you for all that you do to make this ministry possible.’

Joy – MN

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‘Your crosses are so well received by so many during these troubled times.  I am sure you hear this over and over.  May God greatly multiply the measure of all your sacrificial endeavors!’

Carol – A

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Recently, two of our CTW family members (Frank and Ann) attended a ‘For My Life’ retreat held in Thomaston, GA, sponsored by the Be In Health ministry of the Hope of the Generations Church.  Founded in 1989 by Dr. Henry Wright, this ministry has evolved to understand how spiritual problems lead to physical problems and illness, primarily through a breakdown in relationships individuals have with God, themselves and other people.

These week-long ‘For My Life’ retreats consist of intensive teachings, group ministry sessions, time to interact with the teachers and ask questions plus a time for personal prayer for healing at the end of the week.  Through their guidance, teachers provide participants tools that help to remove ways of thinking, speaking and acting that make it impossible to develop a closer relationship with God, enjoy His blessings and, possibly, even the healing of all disease.

Here’s what Frank had to say:

‘We attended the ‘For My Life’ retreat.  Our Heavenly Father led us there.  He knows us so well and He is an awesome loving Father.  The retreat was overwhelming.  It was full of really great info on how to fight the fight and resist the enemy.  It showed us how to recognize the voice of evil and begin the process of freedom.  Some of us have junk that we carry around with us that influence our behavior and the quality of life we have.  The junk is mostly sin, some of it we aren’t even aware of.  We returned home with more confidence and have a better understand of what God has for us in this life.  I learned to accept His love, the Father’s Love.  Healing is a byproduct of this program.  For some, healing happens miraculously and, for others, it’s a process.’

Thank you, Frank, for sharing your experience.  We are more than happy to pass this on to others.  For more information about this ministry, please click HERE.

 


 

We are so blessed that our crosses were shared in the last couple of months through these CTW family members:

Joy – MN

Diane – MN

Diane – CO

Essentia St. Joseph Hospital Spiritual Care – Brainerd, MN

Carol – AZ

GracePoint Wesleyan Church – Brookings, SD

Shanta – WI

Patricia – WV

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Centenary United Methodist Church – Shady Side, MD

Mary – AZ

James – PA

Helen – ND

GracePointe of Sedona – Sedona, AZ

Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church – Minneapolis, MN

Tiffany – MN

Nikki – OK

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Birch Ridge Resort – Bemidji, MN

Sherreen – WI

Unionville United Methodist Church – Rochester, PA

Char – AZ

Elim Lutheran Brethren Church – Clearbrook, MN

Debbie – PA

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

Christ the King Community Church – Ponca, NE

 


 

And, we know that you all would like to continue sharing the cross,
especially during the Lenten/Easter season
soooo just a reminder:

If you are wanting crosses for this season, please get your orders in ASAP!! 

We currently have lots of orders to ship out to meet the Easter deadline and,
even though we will do our very best to make sure
everyone gets their needs filled, we are asking you to please

ORDER TODAY!  

 


 

Jesus told a story about the scattering of seed that had the potential of producing ‘a hundred times more than was sown’. That seed was God’s good news planted on ‘good soil’, which He explained is ‘honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest’.

The only way we can be fruitful, Jesus said, is to stay connected to Him. As we’re taught by Christ and cling to Him, the Spirit produces in us His fruit of ‘love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’. He uses the fruit He produces in us to touch the lives of others, who are then changed and grow fruit from their own lives. This makes for a beautiful life.

And, the questions are asked: How are you staying connected to Jesus? What fruit do you want Him to produce in you?   (Excerpted from Our Daily Bread)

As we enter a new year, I wanted to share these words written by Howard Thurman:

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.

Isn’t this a wonderful New Year’s resolution?  

 


 

These CTW family members planted seeds for beautiful lives through our crosses in December:

The Center for Family Counseling – St. Cloud, MN

Joy – MN

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Hope Lutheran Church – Westminster, CA

Trinity Lutheran Church – Billings, MT

Todd – PA

Shelly – MN

Betty – PA

Dick – AZ

Kay – AZ for mission work in Costa Rica

First Church of God – Monroe, MI

Presbyterian Homes– Minneapolis, MN

Cora – MN

First United Methodist Church – New Castle, PA

Geralyn – PA

Kay – MN for HELPS

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

Mike – MN for Project Video

 


 

There were two brothers.  Both of them were big troublemakers, always lying, cheatingon tests, and stealing.  Their parents were worried about them, so they asked their pastor if he would talk to them.  He said, ‘Yes, but only one at a time.’

So, the first brother went into the office with the pastor.  He asked the brother, ‘Son, where is God?’  The boy wouldn’t answer.  The pastor, confused and beginning to get angry, said in a louder voice: ‘Where is God?’  To his surprise, the boy bolted from his office, raced through the parking lot, down the street and didn’t stop until he reached his house.

He ran into the house, up the stairs and into his brother’s bedroom, where the other boy was sitting.  ‘Hey’, he panted, ‘we’re in big trouble now.  God is missing and they think we did it!’


 

We received some very touching testimonials:

I stumbled over one of these crosses at a funeral for my aunt. I was hoping to have five hundred of them sent to our church so we could pass them out. Thank you for this opportunity and may God continue to serve and to bless you abundantly in the name of Our Risen Savior Jesus Christ.

Pastor Kevin Spencer, First Church of God – Monroe, MI

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It was a pleasure to speak with you today. I called from New Castle, Pennsylvania to find out about the crosses you make. I received mine at a Christmas party yesterday and loved the cross and message that is attached to it. Wishing you a lovely Merry Christmas.

Anna – PA

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Hi.  This is my first cross.  I received it when I was sick with my seizures.

Andrea

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These crosses will be taken to Rice & Beans mission in Costa Rica in January.

Kay – AZ

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Thanks so much!  I love my cross and cannot wait to get my crosses to give away!

Betty – PA

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I have a correction from last month’s post.  At the very end of the article on Amanda’s Poems, I provided a link for your inquiries about obtaining copies of the book; the link was incorrect.  Here is the correct one. I apologize for any confusion.

 

 


 

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Minnesota was graced ….. errr, more like blasted!!! … with a fresh covering of snow.  As my mom used to say, ‘A little goes a long way’.  Well, I’m thinking this ‘little‘ fresh covering should have been enough to cut a path proceeding south towards Missouri, take a hard right, march through the states of California, New Mexico and Arizona and then come sliding into the East Coast like a baseball player trying to outrun the third basemen into home plate and still have enough snow left to close schools there!  That ‘little’ bit of snow really did go a long way, as far as us Minnesotans were concerned.th.jpeg

To say we were blessed with snow is still up for discussion by some.  It wasn’t a huge amount of snow, only about 18” at our house.  But, to get it all in less than 24 hours and, if you think like me and only want a little covering of the powdery stuff until the Marc melt anyway, it was a titch much.

That amount of snow caused boots, mittens and heavier coats to come to attention and head for the front of the closet.  Snow shovels, snow blowers, salt and sand all made their groggy appearance too, shaking off the dust and cobwebs of a long summer slumber.  Things pretty much digressed to a slow crawl as we got to work clearing driveways and sidewalks.

But, the Bible tells us to always, always look for the blessings, as disguised as they might be.  And, that snowstorm that everyone, with the exception of the snow plowers cursed WAS the blessing!  Life for us slowed down … it had to … where can you go quickly, dressed like the Michelin Man?  Neighbors helped each other; phone calls were made to check on homebound; runs to the grocery store and other errands were shared when the roads cleared for safe passage.   People actually started communicating with each other again and, pretty soon, there were smiles & laughter, pats on the back, hugs, and promises to get together for coffee or lunch … greetings we hadn’t taken the time to do for a long time.  We became caring, sharing polite humans again.  We forgot about rushing off to the store, the craziness of holiday shopping, the busyness of the season and found the blessings God had intended for us.

The other morning, as I sat drinking my tea and watching the snowflakes drift lazily to the ground from the pine branches, I thought they looked like diamond dust … all glittery, soft and beautiful.  And, then I thought, if the storm hadn’t come and caused us all to slow down, I would have been back to my regular routine, trying to cram as much in a day as I could … not taking the time to enjoy these dainty diamonds and missing everything else that matters.

We won’t forget this snowstorm for quite some time.  It is my prayer that we won’t forget God’s blessing to us either.  We truly do live in a winter wonderland, and it is God’s creation, just like you and me.  In one swell swoop, God bestowed on us, once again, His blessings and, this time, we actually took time to breathe it in.

Now, after reading this, you might be thinking to yourself, ‘God had nothing to do with this snowstorm.  This was all Mother Nature.’  To that, I say ‘What?  You don’t think they talk??’  TRUST IN HIS TIMING!!!

 


 

We received these blessings from throughout the US:

‘These crosses are amazing and I love to share them!  I appreciate your work!!”

Sheila – SD

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‘Thank you for all that you do to make your ministry of passing on the cross possible.  Not only are recipients blessed but friends who I give them to are experiencing the joy and satisfaction of sharing them, especially with strangers!  They are well received here by the giver and receivers.  The cross is a gift and it has given us a way to witness for which we are grateful!’

Joy – MN

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‘Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at Cross The World.   Thank you for your ministry; it has helped me and many others to be closer to Jesus and to feel His love.’

Frank – MN

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‘May God bless your ministry, bless Harlow’s ministry, and bless Ernie’s girls.’

Your brother in Christ, Tom – CA

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And, this photo of a completed shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, submitted by Candy from CA.  Look closely and you’ll see the cross.  Thanks, Candy, for sharing!

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And, thank you to everyone who got crosses to put in the shoeboxes.  This summer, we received an email from a pastor in China who had seen some of our crosses in shoeboxes delivered to his region.  He was extremely grateful for them being included in the boxes and thanked us for our ministry!  Great news!!!

 


 

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In November, the following shared the cross with others:

Ohioville Free Methodist Church – Midland, PA

Joplin Family Worship Center – Joplin, MO

Grace Lutheran Church – Ada, MN for Operation Christmas Child

Marian – MN

Epworth United Methodist Church – New Castle, PA

Cora – MN

Heidi – WI

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN for Operation Christmas Child

Sheila – SD

Carla – MN

Bob – MN

Susan – PA

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church – Cornville, AZ

Gale – MN for Operation Christmas Child

Beth – MI

Gold Canyon United Methodist Church – Gold Canyon, AZ

 


 

There’s no Christmas without Jesus; it’s to Him our eyes should see.
Not to jolly old St. 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!
I will think of Christ this Christmas, how He left His throne above.
He gave up all His heavenly 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!

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There is no joy as deep, no hope as eternal, no love as secure as that found in Christ, Our Lord.

We pray that God’s peace will touch your heart this Christmas season and radiate out to the world around you this coming year.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Cross The World!

Recently, our Brother in Christ, Tom from CA, shared copies of a beautiful commemorative book he has published about his daughter Amanda’s poetry.  Most of the poems in this book were written by Amanda, starting when she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16 through to her death at 23.  Each poem validates her feelings and thoughts as she progresses through this journey, her discussions with God and the growing relationship she has with Him; each one draws us into her relationship at that particular moment.

Here is an excerpt from the inside cover:

The poems on the following pages are the expression of Amanda’s range of emotions. Her words communicate how her relationship with God helped her through the tough times and to be grateful, even under extreme challenges.  it was Amanda’s wish that her poems be published and given to others to inspire them and to demonstrate how she drew her strength from her faith.’

As I read the poems in this book, some written by Dad or sisters Lisa and Laura, it struck me that, while most of these poems were written by a young woman suffering the ravages of cancer, they were all expressively written to include any malady any one of us might be facing … health issues; loss of family, marriage, job; financial struggles, etc.  And each writing showed us there is hope if we have faith.  If we give our troubles to God, He will take care of us.

Here’s an example of one of the poems written by Amanda, and possibly my favorite:

CAUGHT UP

Are you really thankful
As trials come your way
Caught up in a rush
Do you have the time to pray?

Forgetting to savor the day
If you have the faith to pray
Is all He has to say
Just stop, take a breath, and pray

Overwhelmed and frantic
Silently you’re working
The past is gone, you’re forgiven
Waiting for that Day

Well done, good and faithful servant …
Worry can’t control you
Wrapped up in the future
You wake up everyday

Beautifully done, this book has been reprinted twice since its original 2005 publish date and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Hebrew.  There is no charge for this book; a donation is asked only for the reprinting costs.

Tom tells us it is his wish to get this book in as many hands as possible so others can be inspired and find comfort through Amanda’s writing.  For more information about Amanda’s Poems and to obtain ordering/contact information, click HERE.

Live by Faith, not by Sight.          2 Corinthians 5:7

 


 

For testimonials from our CTW family last month:

‘I plan to include crosses in with donations to the Yellow Ribbon girls who will package up items needed by our troops. Each will need the love of Christ most of all.’

Liz – PA

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‘These crosses will go to every lady who attends the LWML Convention in Grand Rapids, MN June of 2020, where the theme is ‘Drawn to The Cross’.  If some are left over, we will pass them on.’

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church – Cohasset, MN

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And, those who ordered for cross sharing:

Grace United Methodist Church – Fergus Falls, MN

Holly – TX

Donna – WV

Oak Bank United Church – Oakbank, Manitoba Canada

Paul – PA

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Watered Gardens – Joplin, MO

Salem Lutheran Church – Deerwood, MN

Campground Community Church – East Liverpool, OH

New Community Church – Wexford, PA

Robert – WI

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Ladies – Cohasset, MN

Kay – MN

Joy – MN

Carroll – OH

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And, to the many who have gotten crosses to share through Operation Christmas Child.

 


 

The middle of October, the AWESOME ladies from Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby who graciously string crosses for us every month came to our house for a fall ‘Thank You for all You Do’ luncheon.  As usual, lots of food, lots of laughs, and tons of love!!  Here are some photos of the ridiculously fun time we had:

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This month, we have so much to be thankful for … all the beautiful people who touch our hearts and lives, the veterans who have and still sacrifice so willingly to secure our freedom, and our Savior who continues to unconditionally forgive our transgressions and love us in spite of ourselves.

My fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, let us continue to stand after having done all, as the Lord tells us to do in His Word in Ephesians 6:13

Give thanks to the Lord for He is Good.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cross The World.

IT’S STRANGE, ISN’T IT?

Isn’t it strange how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn’t it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you’re at church and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?

Isn’t it strange that you can’t find the words to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it can be to read one chapter of the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel or PEOPLE magazine?

Isn’t it strange how folks want front row seat tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit in the last row in church?

Isn’t it strange how we need to know about an event for church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust for other events in the last minute?

Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?

Amen, in Jesus name I accept my blessings of desires in abundance of immeasurable proportion, I accept salvation by confessing with my mouth that you my Lord Jesus, King of kings are my Lord and Savior, my God, because of you father everything I speak comes to fruition commanded by the Holy Ghost, through the everlasting love of Jesus Christ, embraced in Gods mercy and grace. Amen...  Lisa Christiansen, child of the one true king ΙΧΘΥΣ

 


 

Kind words from our CTW family:

‘Bless you for all you do.  The crosses have been such a blessing to so many who have received them.  I have given them out to family members at funerals as well as to all of my church members.  I make them available to those under counseling as well.  Literally anyone who comes in my office.’

                                    Pastor Bill – Owendale & Kilmanagh United Methodist Churches, MI

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‘I originally received about 40 crosses from a friend in Arizona who is an assistant pastor and part-time hospice worker.  I found a good home for each cross in California.’

1. To a woman who lost her husband, son and daughter in 18 months

2. To each member of my small group Bible study

3. To a woman who lost her son

4. To a doctor who lost his brother

5. To my niece

6. To my 5 year old granddaughter and 1 year old grandson (my granddaughter memorized the words on the hangtag)

7. To homeless people

Tom – CA

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‘Love your emails! Always uplifting; gives me inspiration that “hope” & ‘love” is out there! I enjoy the smiles when giving the crosses.  I thank you & God’s blessings!’

Brenda – ND

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And, this kindness continues to be carried through the cross to waiting hands from these family members:

Trinity United Methodist Church – Lomira, WI for Operation Christmas Child

CHI St. Gabriel’s Health – Little Falls, MN

Sharon – MN

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Joy – Duluth

Pisgah Baptist Church – Cloverport, KY

Valene – MN

Tom – CA

CALOFMN – Minneapolis, MN

Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church – South Haven, MN for Operation Christmas Child

Owendale United Methodist Church – Owendale, MI

Nancy – MO

Cora – MN

Candice – CA for Operations Christmas Child

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Topeka, KS

Meghan – MA

Lenox United Methodist Church – Lenox, IA

Sandra – PA

 


 

 

Recently, our crosses were placed in the hands of Christian Action League of Minnesota (CALofMN).  A faith-based organization, CALofMN provides education to people struggling with addition to pornography as well as offering support to people/families who have been exposed to sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

We are very honored to be able to partner with CALofMN, giving people hope that their God is watching over them and that He does love them, regardless of their situation.  Sometimes, all it takes is a little tangible something to hold onto to make the big difference.  We pray our little crosses will do just that.

For more information about CALofMN and the work it does, click HERE.
 


 

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Meet Me In The Stairwell
by Stacey Randall

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said. ‘Of course I will show you the way home – only believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name – though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… this way… take my hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are ‘ready to go.’

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

Jesus

 


 

Sharing love with the community was the goal of the “Love Outreach” event held the first week of August in Park Rapids, MN, kicking the event off with a concert featuring Christian rap and ending the next day with an all-day block party.

The organizer of this event said this:

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“Some people are afraid to be loved.  People on our Frontline Mission Team (which is part of the Peace Makers group in California) are the kind of people who can reach them. Everybody needs to know there’s hope in God. Love is God. That’s our message. All God wants is for us to love. That’s it and that’s the greatest.”

A couple of the ways this group showed love to the community was fixing bikes so kids could come and get their bikes fixed at no charge; another way was to provide transportation to the Love Outreach for people who wanted to come but had no way to get there.   It was all about showing love to others, the way God intended.  Nothing else asked, nothing else expected.

This event was the first annual and was well attended.   We were excited to participate by providing crosses for all who wished to have one and they were very well received.  We look forward to partnering with Love Outreach for many years to come!

If you would like more information about Love Outreach (maybe organize something like this for your community?), click HERE.

 


 

And, we thank everyone for this good news to share:

Thank you for sharing the good news.  It always uplifts my day.  God is good.   Cindy – TX

I have used your “crosses” in our ministry to women leaving prison and to those ex offenders who are coming to our housing from prison. It is truly a blessing to gift them with the crosses! Thank you all so much for this ministry of love and encouragement!    Catherine

Thank you for your ministry in spreading the good news that Jesus is the only way.  Marlene – MN

Thank you for your quick response to my orders and for the joy of giving them to others.   Joy – MN

I have been leaving crosses … everywhere.  If it draws even one person closer to the Lord, it’s worth everything.    Liz – PA

And, these crosses as well:

Christian Life Assembly of God – Waunakee, WI

Donna – MN

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

Frank – MI

Dorothy – MN

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

James – PA

Carla – MN

Marlene – MN

Cora – MN

Bob – MN

God’s Country Cooperative Parish – Newberry, MI

Diane – CO

Don – MN

Liz – PA

 


 

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