Be Someone Who Understands


We wanted to share these lovely comments from our family members:

‘I just have to share this wonderful story about how everyone is making God’s love visible, one cross at a time! Recently, I was traveling through Arizona with my bowling friends. We stopped in Oatman to take in the sights and fun of this little historical town. On the way back to the car, I noticed crosses hanging by a building, with a sign that read ‘Please Take!’ Well, because I’ve been passing out Cross The World crosses for over a year or so, I recognized them as the same! After getting into the car to leave, I saw a nice little gentleman carrying the bag that you ship the crosses in. I got out of the car and stopped the gentleman and said, “Excuse me sir, but I thank you for passing on the crosses. I do the same thing in Minnesota!” He gave me a big hug and said, “God bless you!”  We thanked each other and parted. I was so excited that I forgot to ask his name or even give him mine! But the girls were so amazed that these crosses do get PASSED ON ALL OVER THE WORLD! Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do making God’s love visible, one cross at a time!’

– Darlene, MN


‘I will be giving the crosses to my customers and the homeless here in Arizona.’

– Sandee, AZ


‘I forgot to order these in time to hand out at my Health Fair at church but will use them at another time.  Thank you for all you do!  I recently gave them to several ladies in a Bible study; they loved them.  Two crosses are being sent to Spain by one woman!’

– Diane, MN


I’ve been passing out these wonderful crosses to the homeless instead of money.  It’s amazing to see people’s faces light up when they see the cross and hear the words ‘God bless you!’.  Thank you for this awesome ministry.

– Denise, MN


‘On behalf of the New London-Spicer Ministerial Association, I want to thank you for providing a box of crosses for us to distribute to our graduating high school seniors.  The crosses were distributed to each member of the senior class at the conclusion of this year’s Baccalaureate service.  So, please know the crosses will be quite literally ‘crossing the world’ with our young people.  Thank you for lovingly carrying out this wonderful ministry.  May God bless you as you spread the gospel one beautiful piece of wood at a time.’

– Rev. Keith Pearson,
Peace Lutheran Church, New London, MN



Having someone who understands is a great blessing for ourselves. 

Being someone who understands is a great blessing to others.

– Janette Oke


Last month, LAMP (Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots) collaborated with USA volunteers and Pelican Narrows’ local missionaries to host a WOW (Women of Worth) conference to the women in northern Saskatchewan. At this conference, held in Pelican Narrows, the women who attended soaked up the love of Christ received through the ‘wisdom centered’ workshops, presenters, skits, gift bags, handmade quilts, Bibles and fellowship.  Our crosses were hand carried by faithful missionaries from Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN; the following photos were taken during their visit:


Folger LAMP June 2016 I


Folger LAMP June 2016 E


Folger LAMP June 2016 B


Folger LAMP June 2016 K


Folger LAMP June 2016 F


To see more about this year’s WOW Conference, check this out:



If you are interested in more information about Women of Worth, click here.


We are very thankful to the folks at Hosanna Lutheran Church and LAMP for including Cross The World in their thoughts and materials.



Last Sunday, Bob and Pam, from Washington, visited our church, and visited with Ernie and me about our crosses.  Bob had attended our service last summer while on a fishing trip with a friend.  During that visit, he was given 2 crosses which, upon returning home, he shared with his wife, Pam. Her friend was dying of cancer and Pam, in turn, passed one of the crosses to her who readily accepted it and, according to Pam, never let go of it.  Pam said she had waited a whole year for the opportunity to come to MN and attend that little white church on the hill, just so she could see where the crosses came from, meet the people who made them, and tell us her story.  As she spoke, tears flowed.  There was sadness on the loss of a good friend, there was joy on finally meeting the source of the cross, but, most of all, there was comfort for we all felt God’s love as the four of us stood in a close circle.  It was a beautiful coming together, one that we will never forget.  God’s timing … God’s goodness … God’s presence in our lives … priceless!

Thank you, Pam and Bob, for your story.  And, thank you to all of you who share your stories with us.  Ernie and I continue to be humbled by how the cross has affected someone in your life.  We are thankful for all of you, the foot soldiers of Cross The World because it is you who are making God’s love visible, one cross at a time.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!



Our family grew last month!  Here’s our newest members (as well as some very welcome returning members):

Faith Lutheran Church – Crosslake, MN

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Hope Presbyterian Church – Spicer, MN

Peace Lutheran Church – New London, MN

Susan – OR

Cross Lutheran Church – Buffalo, MN

Denise – MN

Community United Methodist Church – Albertville, MN

Darlene – MN

Don – MN

Boy Scouts of America/Tomahawk Scout Reservation – Birchwood, WI

Sandee – AZ

Bethany Nursing Home – Brainerd, MN

LAMP Ministries

Bob – WA



Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

– Ephesians 5:19-20


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