When we started to promote our Christian ministry and Harlow’s dream in 2011, we decided a cross would be the most meaningful handout … a replica of the real instrument of death that brought life to so many of us. But, we needed something else, some written message that would further touch people’s hearts, words that would help them understand just exactly what their Savior did for them. And, then, one day in answer to our prayers, God provided!
Seemingly, out of nowhere (which we Christians know just doesn’t happen), we came across a verse that seemed to say it all … without confusion … without prejudice. It talked directly to our hearts and we knew it would talk directly to others who read it as well; it was the perfect complement to our crosses. So, we included this verse on a message tag that we attach to each of our small wooden crosses. But, we always wondered where that beautiful verse came from and who God had inspired to write it.
Last month, He quietly spoke again when we received this testimony:
How often do we born again Christians wish we could do something great for God? Then, we think, ‘What can ONE PERSON do?‘ Just like Esther, you have been born for such a time as this! All you need to do is to present yourself as a living sacrifice. If you are willing and obedient, nothing is impossible with God.
I’m going to share an amazing testimony about how God used a young woman in Texas and a dying man in Minnesota to spread the gospel around the world.
My daughter, Holly, has been blessed by God with the ability to write encouraging and inspiring poems, articles and songs. About 20 years ago, while living in Dallas, she worked for Argus Publishing Company. They had been in business for 40 years and were well known for providing schools and churches with inspirational posters, cards, stationery, T-shirts, etc. Nearly everything God inspired her to write, the company published. Then, Argus was sold to another publishing company and Holly went to work elsewhere. Later, she married a wonderful Christian man and they have two beautiful daughters. Holly settled into being a stay at home mom.
About two years ago, while in a Christian bookstore in Dallas, she was surprised to see one of the verses God had inspired her to write when she worked for Argus Publishing. Once again, it was being printed on cards, mugs, T-shirts, etc. She was both shocked and humbled to see the verse God gave her resurrected after 20 years.
Recently, she came across a non-profit ministry that was birthed 5 years ago. It was the dream of a dying Christian man to do something else significant before he died. He, too, thought ‘What can ONE MAN do?’ At his passing 5 years ago, his friends birthed his vision … the ministry is called CROSS THE WORLD. His dream was to make small wooden crosses to be sent around the world as a witness and a testimony to lead as many as possible to Jesus.
Somehow, they found the verse that Holly had written over 20 years ago … the same one she had seen in the Christian bookstore in Dallas. The man who is making the crosses said, ‘We don’t know where we found it but we just fell in love with it.’ So, they attach Holly’s verse on every cross that is sent out. So far, they have distributed over 170,000 around the world!!
God inspired two people at different times and places and they both obeyed. With God, nothing is impossible! The great thing is that God alone receives all the glory! The man in Minnesota has been with the Lord for 5 years; his friend, Ernie, makes the crosses as a labor of love. Cross The World asks for $15 for postage to ship 100 crosses, and, of course, Holly does not receive any remuneration. You see, this was God’s idea and ALL the glory goes to Him!
What would God have you do? What talents has He freely given you? You were born for such a time as this! EXPECT A MIRACLE!!
This testimony was submitted by Holly’s mom, Nancy, from Missouri. Thanks, Nancy, for letting us know about your daughter’s inspirational talents! We couldn’t be more thrilled to finally learn of the author and we thank Holly for answering God’s call with her writing. Many, many blessings to her!! Together, we have touched more lives than we will ever know!
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
We love our CTW family so much!!! You are the vehicle for gracing others with God’s love through our small crosses. Thank you to these sisters and brothers who walked with us during the month of February:
Kay – MN for HELPS mission in Guatamela
Salem Lutheran Church – Deerwood, MN
Nancy – MO
Joan – MN
Brian – TX
Jeffrey – MN
Bill’s Sportsmans Service – Aitkin, MN
Oak Bank United Church – Oak Bank, Manitoba Canada
Shirley – MN
Lakeview Covenant Church – Duluth, MN
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
– Marian Wright Edelman