It’s All About the Family

We’ve received some awe-inspiring feedback from our Cross The World family and we’re proud to share it with everyone!

These little crosses are wonderful. I first received one at a MN Teen Challenge gala years ago. I have been using them every year for Operation Christmas Child (the shoebox ministry). I put a cross in each box, among the other gifts, and I pray for that child to come to faith in Christ.  Thank you Cross The World!  ~ Carrie

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I thank God for your ministry.  ~ Joan from MN

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Thank you for letting me pass it on!  I took your crosses to Guatemala over Thanksgiving to God’s Child Project.  I wish I had pictures of the day we passed out the crosses.  It was so beautiful!  ~ Kathy from DE

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Today, I received a cross to hang in my car from a customer and I had just returned from a book store on my lunch break where I was trying to buy a cross for around my car’s rear mirror from the Christian books section. I was bummed they didn’t have any and got a devotional instead.  When I came back to work was when this stranger handed me two crosses on strings which made me feel how much God was loving me thru them.  That could only have been God!  My cup runneth over.   ~ Tracy

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In November, I ordered crosses to be distributed at two events:

The first event was a chapel presentation for St. John Lutheran School, Fraser, MI by Rev. Robert Rahn, Founder of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Macomb, MI. In the chapel presentation, Rev. Rahn featured the work the LHF is doing in the country of Indonesia and the children of St. John Lutheran School collected funds to help pay for a Bible story book that was designed to be taught in schools.  Copies of the book were published for distribution in the schools of Indonesia as, in that country, religion is permitted to be taught in the schools.  The school children were collecting funds to sponsor copies of the book at $5.00 each. On the date of the presentation, November 10th, Rev. Rahn pointed out there were two birthdays to be celebrated: one was the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther in 1483 and the other was the founding date for the Lutheran Heritage Foundation in 1992.  Rev. Rahn told the children that they were not asked to bring a gift because this was a reverse birthday celebration and he was providing the gift of a cross to each student, to be reminded that it was the message of the cross that was being told in the Bible Story book and hopefully reaching the children of Indonesia.  Each student and teacher was given one of your crosses for the reverse birthday celebration.

The second event took place on December 3 in Yambio, South Sudan, where 20 men graduated from the Concordia Lutheran Institute for the Holy Ministry. The graduation ceremony involved a one mile march through the community by the graduating class, pastors, congregants and visitors. Dr. Robert Rahn and Dr. Bernard Lutz from America were featured speakers for the event. The presentations were translated from English into Arabic and Zande.  Knowing the event was going to be lengthy, I decided to pass out the crosses to the kids in attendance and those standing and watching from the perimeter of the tent that was set up to take care of the overflow crowd.

The crosses are certainly going “cross the world.”  ~ Dr. Robert Rahn, founder of Lutheran Heritage Foundation – Macomb, MI

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Time has come to order your great crosses again!  We at Omaha Baptist Church are going to try packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at a party for the first time, probably in May or June.  I was told that our 402 shoeboxes in 2021 went to Mexico.  Please send one Spanish bag and two English ones.  Then I’ll have one Spanish message and one English message in each box.  Leftover English ones can go in our local welcome bags.  Thank you!  ~ Donna from MO

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And, here’s more of our tremendous family who recently shared the cross:

Gale – MN

Providence Physical Therapy – Surf City, NC

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Donna – MO

Paul – PA

Mary – TX

Holly – TX

David – CA

Journey Christian Church – Tracy, CA

Barbara – Duluth

Carla – MN

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Nelly – AZ

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon – N. Jackson, OH

Harvest Reunion Group – Amarillo, TX

David – CA

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Harmony, PA

Joan – MN

Ravah Ministries – Mesa, AZ

Girard First United Methodist Church – Girard, OH

Jill – WI

Pastor Barry – Bakersfield, CA

Kim – CA

St. Vincent de Paul Society – Casa Grande, AZ



As we enter the Easter season, let’s take some time to consider what Jesus’ death on the cross really means to us.  Thank Him for dying on that cross … for us … so that our sins could be paid in full and that we would be forever forgiven.

And, long after we’ve celebrated Easter Sunday, let’s continue to bring the joy of His Resurrection into our daily lives.  It’s as simple as seeing the morning sunrise and reminding ourselves that ‘He is risen … risen, indeed!’ What could possibly be more glorious for us?




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