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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!!!



Happy Hands, Happy Hearts!

We are excited to welcome a new group into the Cross The World family …. Heartwood Senior Living located in Crosby, which is close to our home.

Recently, Ernie visited with some of the residents and staff there and was thrilled to find willing hands to help us finish our crosses. Ernie and his ‘crew’ get together once a month for some dedicated work (and fun) time tying the message tags to the crosses and, because they enjoy what they’re doing, some of the residents continue to work independently on the crosses in between Ernie’s visits.

These residents are a wonderful group to work alongside; we are so very grateful for the opportunity to have the residents of Heartwood involved with Cross The World. It’s a win-win situation for all of us!!

We wanted to share some photos of their latest get together.  They are gettin’ busy!!


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 Happy hands, happy hearts!!!


  “Let us be grateful for people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 

Marcel Proust


We thank the following for joining our ministry recently:

Good Samaritan Society – St. Peter, MN

Jamie – AZ

Pastor Stanley – MN, crosses for family in Oklahoma

Heartwood Senior Living – Crosby, MN



I wanted to share this poem with you. It was received some time ago and I reread it often, especially during those times when I question whether I’m doing enough to help others.


If nobody smiled and nobody cheered
and nobody helped us along,
If every minute looked after himself,
and good things all went to the strong;
If nobody cared just a little for you
and nobody thought about me,
And we all stood alone in the battle of life,
what a dreary old world it would be.

Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made
and the things which in common we share;
We want to live on, not because of ourselves,
but because of the people who care.

It’s giving and doing for somebody else
on that all life’s splendor depends;
And the joy of this world, when it’s all added up,
is found in the making of friends.
– Anonymous



Happy Valentines Day!

It was just a harmless prank, that’s all it was.  And it wasn’t as if Old Lady Hayes didn’t deserve it, the way she used to scream at us for ‘borrowing’ a few of her precious raspberries each summer … like we were stealing gold out of Ft. Knox.  Well, she had it coming.

At least, that’s the way we saw it as George finished tying the string to the red, heart-shaped box.  We giggled as Ron added the final touch:  two plastic red roses, glued to the lid.  ‘I wonder what will surprise her most’, I asked as George practiced jerking the box out of reach by yanking on the string.  ‘Seeing a box of candy on her step, or watching it fly away when she tries to pick it up?’

We laughed as we watched George make Albert chase the box around the garage.  For a chubby 10 year old, Albert did a good imitation of Mrs. Hayes’ hunched hobble and her seemingly permanent scowl.  And, we howled when he picked up a broom and pretended to ride it through the midwinter air while shouting, ‘I’m Old Lady Hayes, the driedest-up old prune in the West!’

Ron was first to notice my dad in the doorway.  Within seconds, Ron’s anxiety was shared by all but Albert, who continued to swoop around the garage until he came face-to-belt buckle with our silent observer.  For a moment, the only movement in the room came from the little puffs of steam escaping our mouths.  Dad broke the stillness by walking slowly to the empty candy box lying on the floor.  He picked it up and dangled it by the string, watching it swing back and forth.  Then he looked into the eyes of the frightened boys.  And, as was his custom, he looked into our hearts as well.

‘It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was pulling Valentine’s Day pranks’, he said as he laid the box on a workbench.  ‘One year, my cousins and I decided to pull one on our Grandma Walker even though we loved her … she was the sweetest grandma a boy could have.  We were just feeling devilish and decided to have some fun at her expense.’

‘Early in the evening we snuck up to her doorstep with a can of red paint.  Grandma was hard of hearing, so we didn’t have to worry about being very quiet.  Which was a good thing, because every time we thought about how funny it was going to be to see Grandma try to pick up a valentine that was just painted on her doorstep, we couldn’t keep from laughing.’

‘It didn’t take long, and it wasn’t very artistic.  But for an old woman with bad eyes, it would do.  We kicked the door and hid behind the bushes.  When Grandma finally appeared she stood in the doorway, her grey hair pulled back tightly in her usual bun, wiping her hands on her usual apron.  She must have heard the commotion in the bushes because she looked in our direction and spoke loudly enough for us to hear:  “Who could be knocking at my door?”  Then she looked down.  Even from 15 feet away, we could see the joy in her eyes when she spotted a splash of red at her feet.  “A valentine for Grandma!” she exclaimed.  “And I thought I’d be forgotten again this year!”

‘She tried to retrieve her prize.  This was the moment we had been waiting for, but somehow it wasn’t as much fun as we expected.  Grandma groped at the fresh paint for a moment.  Slowly, she figured out our prank.  She tried to smile.  Then, with as much dignity as she could muster, she turned and walked back into her house, absently wiping red paint on her clean, white apron.’

Dad paused, and for the first time I noticed that his eyes were moist.  He took a deep breath.  ‘Grandma died later that year and I never had another change to give her a real valentine.’

He took the box from the bench and handed it to me.  Then he turned and left the garage.

Later that night, a red heart-shaped box with two plastic roses on it was placed on Mrs. Hayes’ front doorstep by six giggling boys.  We hid behind snow covered bushes to see how she would react to receiving a full pound of candy and nuts … with no strings attached.

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Last month, our crosses were carried through missionaries from Messiah Lutheran Church of Lakeville, MN to the cities of Yangon, Myitkyina and Putao in Burma as well as Miao in India.  The mission trip was the 7th trip to Asia for the Project Video (PV) team, sponsored by mission-minded Messiah in 8 years.

We have featured Project Video before and you will remember that their mission is to proclaim the gospel through video throughout Asia.  What a wonderful mission!  Producing God’s word in the native tongue and presenting it to people who may not know how to read or write their language, who may never have heard the gospel before, who may not know anything about God.  Imagine the impact!

While there, they brought recording and projection equipment to the Yangon and Myitkyina studios as well as dedicated two new Gospel Vision Ministry (GVM) studios:  one in Putao located in the northern most region of Burma, targeting the Rawang and Lisu languages; the other studio (the first in India!) in Miao, located on land owned by the Lisu Church of Christ in Arunachal Pradesh, the largest state in NE India and where more than 135 languages are spoken in the district.

Glory to God and blessings to the Messiah mission team!  They sent photos to share:

Rejoice in His goodness!!


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Father God:

We are reminded of Your wants for us and how, sometimes, we fight against Your will because we think we know better, or maybe, because we’re afraid of the outcome.  We forget that You hold the keys.  You have the master plan already laid out.  You walk with us at all times, involved in each and every decision we make.  You are our Creator, our Architect, our Leader, our Magnificent One.  We are mere shadows in Your presence.

You honor a generous heart and one that gives freely. Please help all of us to learn to give more and demand less.  Give us the tools to do more letting go and less holding on.  Please teach us to yield to Your sweet spirit of generosity.  Take the reins from our hands and teach us to rest in that release.

We thank You for Your unending love for us all. Amen


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Easter season is fast approaching and we want to provide crosses for all those who would like to share them with others during this season.  We ask that you put your requests in as early as possible so we are able to accommodate you.  Thanks!

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We acknowledge and thank our CTW family members from January for sharing God’s love with others:

Messiah Lutheran Church – Lakeville, MN

Hope Lutheran Church – Fosston, MN

Birch Ridge Resort – Cass Lake, MN

Good Samaritan Society – Pipestone, MN

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Nancy – MO

Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd – New Rockford, ND


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You wanted someone who’d listen to your most impossible thoughts …
I invented prayer

You wanted someone who’d write you sweet letters …
I gave you the Bible

You wanted someone who’d show you a simple magic trick …
I made miracles

You wanted someone who’d show you what life is all about …
I let you feel love

You wanted someone who was handsome …
I poured out my heart

You wanted someone who’d give up other things just to be with you …
I gave up my life

You wanted someone who’d take you places …
I invited you to Heaven

You wanted someone who’d be your forever …
I promised you eternal life

Happy Valentines Day, with all my love,


God Bless America!

America was founded by people who believe that God was their rock of safety.  I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.

– Ronald Regan



In June, our crosses traveled with these folks.  We appreciate your sharing the love of God with others.

Trinity Lutheran Church – Fergus Falls, MN for Lamp mission trip to northern Canada

        Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

Paul – PA

The Center for Family Counseling – St. Cloud, MN

Grace Lutheran Church – Erskine, MN

Linda – MN preparing for Operation Christmas Child

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Arkansas Children’s Northwest – Springdale, AR

Don – MN

Candice – CA for the homeless ministry

Trinity Lutheran Church – Cedarburg, WI

Theresa – MN

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN



This last week, Ernie and I hosted our early summer indoor picnic for the group of willing hands from Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby, MN who have helped us string crosses every month since we introduced them to Cross The World in January, 2015.   Click HERE to read the original story on them.

This is always a fun time for us and it’s a small way we can show our appreciation to them.   This year’s picnic was themed ‘Queen For a Day’ and everyone was provided with tiaras and corsages.  Usually, we picnic with about 12 women.  This time, we were blessed with a bonus … a gentleman came along who is new to the facility and it didn’t take long for him to fit right in with the group (although for some reason he didn’t want to wear his tiara!).  We look forward to seeing him on cross stringing day!






We LOVE this dedicated group of workers soooo much.  They are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!  Each month, they string a little over 2500 crosses for us in an hour and we’re pretty sure they don’t realize they’re even working when they do it … all we hear is chatter and laughter!  It’s a grand time and we are oh so thankful that God put this awesome bunch in our lives!

Stay tuned … plans are already in the works for their fall get together!!



Many Miles Traveled

When we started up the Cross The World woodshop in 2011, our goal was to make and distribute crosses to 340,000 people (at that time, 340,000 represented the daily worldwide birthrate).  We hoped (and continue to hope) that our efforts would introduce or reunite 1% of the 340,000 to God, so they could know His love, feel His presence and come to believe in Him.

And, because of you, the wonderful disciples of our CTW family, 2016 has been a monumental year for us; two terrific events happened.  Over 35,000 of these compact little crosses were given away and, more amazing, the number of crosses distributed since we began reached 170,000!  Hallelujahwe’re halfway to our goal!!!   We are very excited to see how God has blessed our family members and the recipients of the cross.  While we have a record of where our crosses have been sent or delivered, we will never know just how many miles they will ultimately travel in their life.  We know our crosses were recently sent to Argentina and Malawi, Africa and that they will be traveling to Burma next month but, again, we can only imagine how many miles their journey will see.

I wondered how many miles we could come up with given the information we did have.  So, I started calculating the mileage these crosses would accumulate enmass as they begin their journey here in our woodshop.  To date, we’ve created 170,000 crosses, each one being born from a 6.5” piece of wood.  Calculating (and if my math is wrong, don’t flog me as I am NOT a mathematician AND I will gladly accept the correct calculations!), these 170,000 crosses equal an impressive distance of 17.5 miles.  And, that’s before they’re shipped to you to begin the second chapter of their incredible life … WOW!

Since 2011, we have shared awesome testimonials about the impact these pocket crosses have had on people’s lives; all of us at Cross The World are so blessed to play such a teeny tiny role in God’s big plan.  We know our crosses have traveled many, many miles in their search to comfort hurting souls.  As Ernie and I drive to our neighboring town (which is almost exactly 17.5 miles from our house), I imagine a line of our little wooden crosses, laying end to end like Christian soldiers, along the side of the road, waiting to be picked up and placed in the eager hands of people hungry for God’s love.  We encourage you to imagine the crosses lining the shoulder of the road you’re traveling on … and, although shorter, to think about the distance Jesus struggled to carry His cross to Golgotha, His last act of love for us and how hungry we are for Him.  Both images will be a humbling experience.



Recently, Immanuel Lutheran Church in neighboring Crosby requested some crosses to be taken on a mission trip to Malawi, Africa.  This church has supported the Malawi Orphan Care Project, which is an organization that helps to support the Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministry of Malawi, for many years.   This ministry currently helps to feed over 300 orphans in 19 villages, orphans due to losing one or both parents usually to AIDS or malaria.

Immanuel Lutheran Church has answered the call for support by hosting fundraisers, silent auctions, etc. every year.  This summer, in one fundraiser, they were able to raise $35,000 through their efforts.  What a blessing to give to the orphans at the Care Ministry and what a dedication to serving our Lord!

Here’s what they had to say about their visit there:

‘490 crosses were delivered this past week to Malawi, Africa.  The children were so pleased to each receive one.  We are one of 6 churches around the country who support these children.  We have helped build wells for them and also helped to start their chicken business to sell eggs in the village.  Many from Immanuel have been there to do the labor.  Two gals are coming back this week from sharing in our sponsored “daughter’s”, Stella, graduation which a bunch from Immanuel paid for her schooling.  She is coming back to the village to help with the HIV/AIDS epidemic that makes so many orphans.  We love these happy children who have so little.  Thank you for helping!’

For more information about Malawi Orphan Care Project, please visit



In November, our CTW family was busy!  Here’s where our crosses traveled:

Aurdal Lutheran Church – Portland, ND

Hope Lutheran Church – Fargo, ND

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Immanuel Lutheran Church – Walker, MN

Immanuel Lutheran Church – Crosby, MN for mission work in Malawi, Africa

Darlene – MN

Cindy – TX

My Father’s House – Minneapolis, MN

We thank you for your service to our Lord!



And, here are testimonials from some of our family members:

Thank you for all the crosses.  I enjoy doing this mission of keeping God’s love visible one cross at a time!  God’s blessings and my hugs.  Darlene, MN

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I need to share the blessing from your obedience as servants doing God’s work.  We have one more bible study left for the fall quarter.  Each woman in our table group received a cross at their spot today.  They were very appreciative.  I had taken some extra and told them to feel free to take more and the box is almost empty.  Just as the tomb was empty HE is not here, just as HE said.  HE is being spread right from here to whomever GOD chooses.  It is so exciting.  Thank you for your love.  In Christ, Pam, WA

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Several months ago, I purchased 700 crosses from your company.  I thought I would let you know where they are going.  I am one of the youth leaders at Community Lutheran Church here in Las Vegas.  Our youth group has been doing a lot of community outreach.  We have a huge number of homeless people here.  Our kids came up with the “Matthew Kits” idea (based on the scripture verse Matthew 25:35-40) and it has been well received by our church.  These bags are filled with hygiene products, snacks, a bottle of water, list of services available and maybe a new pair of socks or a new T-shirt.  They are handed out to anyone that needs some help.  Our congregants welcomed this option because some of them were not comfortable just handing out money.  Each bag has one of your crosses in it.  Blessings.  Nelly, Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV 

(JoAn’s note:  These kits are made available to the congregants to put in their cars; the congregants are asked to pass them out to anyone they see in need.  So far, over 3600 Matthew Kits have been passed out.  What a successful and loving venture in God’s name.  You are to be congratulated!  Thank you!!!)

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The ember story…. I have always had a strong faith….but now I KNOW I don’t want to be that lone ember. I am so blessed that I received your cross and card today. That is a true miracle from Him, I am in recovery from several issues and every single thing I read in your site had to be put there by Him to be found by me today to save me just like I have been praying for, especially last night!!!!! I DO believe I WAS drowning! Melanie

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A lady at my church gave me the cross and told the story and we knew right away we would like to share the crosses with those who attend my daughter’s wedding in April, 2017.  We weren’t going to give out gifts at the wedding, but when we saw the crosses, we knew in our hearts we would be remiss if we didn’t.  Their wedding is to glorify God and it is one week before Easter.  Thank you for all you do.  We feel so blessed. Holly, WA

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Make me an instrument of your peace.

 Where there is hatred, let me sow love. 

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

And where there is sadness, joy.


This Christmas may you experience the simplicity, peace and genuine joy only Christ brings.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Cross The World.



November is for family …

honor all who served

We salute our veterans this month for their service and commitment to our country. November 11th is the official celebrated Veterans Day but because of what these soldiers did for us, I think we should consider recognizing and honoring them for the entire month! We need to celebrate these heroes for their patriotism, their love for their country, and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for us. What a privilege they have provided us to live in a free country; let’s not forget them!! Please take some time to thank the servicemen and servicewomen you know for their dedication to protecting and keeping us safe.



Happy birthday greetings to one of our Cross The World directors! Mary Schemel will celebrate big on the 26th … turkey for Thanksgiving and cake for her birthday!! Happy birthday and much love Mary!!!



On a rainy Friday a couple of weeks ago, some of the folks from Heartwood Senior Living paid a visit to our Cross The World woodshop.

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During their short stay with us, Ernie walked them through the steps of cross production, starting with the stack of wood patiently waiting in the corner for its turn to be turned into something beautiful. He explained the many pieces of equipment used during the production stage and the function for each piece … the planer, the table saw, the miter saw, the drill press …








… all the way to the final stage of stringing the crosses, which most of the visitors have much experience with! Here they are, checking out Ernie’s technique …

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Everyone had a wonderful time; we were so blessed with their visit.


And, Cross The World remains so blessed to have the enthusiasm and energy of the Happy Hands, Happy Hearts group. We love them all!!



Christmas is on its way and the woodshop is purring away. We just want to remind you again that, if you are interested in receiving crosses for the Christmas season, please send your requests in as soon as you can.



Thank you to the following for sharing crosses during the month of October:

First Baptist Church – Bemidji, MN
Joan – MN, for mission work in India
Grace Lutheran Church – Ada, MN
Paradise & Hulbert United Methodist Church – Newberry, MI
Gerald – ND
Rick – OH
St. Anthony’s Vocations Ministry – Tigard, OR
Bev – MN
Les – IA
Carla – MN
Narrows Community Church – Outing, MN
Marlys – MN
New Pathways – Brainerd, MN



All of us at Cross The World wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Spend time with your family, enjoy each other’s company, give them plenty of hugs and let them know you love them … and remember to give thanks for all you have and for all you have been given.

thanks to the lord


Helping Others Through Service

We appreciate and thank you for your comments.  Here’s some we recently received that I wanted to share with all of you:

‘I think this is our third or fourth year of using your crosses in our holiday baskets – over 2000 in that time! We produce approximately 1500-1800 baskets a year for the needy and we place them in all baskets for 12 and older … Thanks for all you do. This is a wonderful ministry!’
– Sue, CUPS Basket Ministry

‘Thank you so much for providing crosses for us to give away in Guatemala. God
bless you abundantly.’
– Kay, Faith Lutheran Church, Monticello, MN

And, in response to last month’s post – ‘Happy Hands, Happy Hearts’:

‘What a magnificent story how these ladies help with your ministry. I am sure that is a two-way blessing. I took 3 of my crosses with me this month on a South American cruise and passed them along to staff members on the cruise ship, one from Brazil and two from Philippines. So, I’m really making an effort to pass them on not just in the USA but across the World. Thank you so much for what you do to spread the Word.’
– Pat, GA

‘Thank you so much for sharing the story and pictures of Happy Hands, Happy Hearts.’
– Darlene, MN

‘What a wonderful ministry! Bless their hearts – bless your hearts!’
– Sue, MN



Immanuel Lutheran Walker MN


The last week of January, Immanuel School in Walker, MN observed Helping Others Through Service and they invited Ernie and I to talk to their students about Cross The World. We were well received by the students, as well as the teachers, as we told them how our little ministry got started and answered questions about where the wood for the crosses comes from, the kind of wood we use, how we get other supplies, who makes the crosses, how many crosses we’ve given away, where the crosses go, etc.  The kids quickly got into it!!


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But, the biggest excitement came when the kids were asked if they wanted to make some crosses to share … it didn’t take long for the line to form at the work table!  Here’s some pictures of eager hands and enthusiastic hearts:


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Many of the kids told us the crosses they were making would be given to their parents, siblings or friends; almost all of them told us their school bus driver would be receiving one!   What a bounty to be received!!
It was truly a joy and a blessing for us to see crosses pass hands from one student to another, from students to teachers, and from students to Ernie and I!


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What a wonderful opportunity to share the news of our helping serve others in God’s world; we thank Immanuel School for inviting us to be a part of this special week!!




 And, in thinking about Helping Others Through Service, here are nine things God won’t ask you on that last day:

1. He won’t ask what kind of car you drive. He will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.

2. He won’t ask the square footage of your home. He will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3. He won’t ask how many clothes you have in your closet. He will ask how many people you have helped clothe.

4. He won’t ask what your highest salary was. He will ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

5. God won’t ask what your job title was. He will ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6. God won’t ask how many friends you had. He will ask how many people you were a friend to.

7. God won’t ask what neighborhood you lived in. He will ask how you treated your neighbors.

8. God won’t ask the color of your skin. He will ask about the content of your character.

9. God won’t ask why it took you so long to look for salvation. He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, not to the gates of hell.



We thank the following Friends in Christ who requested crosses from us during the month of January:

Glenda S – ND
Faith Lutheran Church, Monticello, MN – for mission work in Guatemala
First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, LA – for CUPS Basket Ministry
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Women of the ELCA, Tucson, AZ
Jeanne C – NV
Rev. Herb S – MT
Immanuel Lutheran School, Walker, MN



Some food for thought:

Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.


Aaannd, we’re back!!

The move is complete and the Cross The World woodshop is up and running! Our wood supply was delivered last Saturday and Ernie is a very happy man!!! We thank everyone for their patience in this transition; we know it’s been a long time … well, it seems that way to us. Funny how long two months can be when you’re waiting to do something that is so meaningful, worthwhile and enjoyable.



Let me repeat, Ernie is a very happy, albeit very busy, man!!



Some of you requested crosses during the interim and we want you to know you are already in our system; your crosses should be on their way to you within a week or two. If you were waiting with your request, you can send them at any time. Please note that there is an address change; here is the new one: 24753 Norway Pine Place, Emily, MN 56447. Our phone number and email remains the same.

Again, all of us at Cross The World thank you so much for your patience and prayers during the move of our woodshop/distribution center. We are eager to again be working side by side with you in God’s great universe and hearing how we all have impacted people’s lives!



July 16-19th brought SonShine 2014 to Willmar and Cross The World was there!! We want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the following people who made our presence possible: Bob S, Terry & Sarah L, Jared H,  Adam S, Susan W & her cousin Amy J (from Bullhead City, AZ & Montevideo, MN respectively – first time visitors to SonShine ever!!) and Jason S. We can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate all of you taking time from your summer to devote to CTW and to visit with SonShiners about who we are and how they can join in with us. Most of all, we thank Jason for taking the reins during the event: helping orchestrate set-up and tear-down, setting up worker schedules, preparing booth props and overseeing day to day activities. You are an amazing God worker; we couldn’t have done SonShine 2014 without you!!!

During their visit to our booth this year, people were invited to write their thoughts about Cross The World and we wanted to share some of them with you:


‘I love giving the crosses to people. God bless you.’ – Tanya


‘All things work together for your good as a child of God. Being in His presence and bringing
Him honor and glory is all it’s about.’ – Michael


‘Thank you so much for your incredible work in spreading God’s word and love.’ – Alyssa


‘Thank you so much for your ministry. I will order crosses for my AWANA Club kids
and use the cross for a council time lesson.’ – Dawn


‘Just wanted to let you know the crosses we made at SonShine 2013 were used to tie on
each of our Christmas gifts last year in order to share in the ministry.’ – Steve & Doria


‘I will be using some of these crosses at the Bible camp I work at.’ – Ashley


‘I’m going to share these crosses with my small group girls at Eagle Brook Church and make a
craft out of it. What you all do is AMAZING!! Keep doing what you’re doing!’ – Kalli


‘Thank you for loving all your customers & friends around the world. Thank you also for
responding and acting.’ – unsigned


‘Great idea! Thank you for the free cross to spread the word of God!’ – Danielle


‘Blessings upon you and your ministry!’ – Pastor Diane


‘I have passed along dozens of crosses to students in MN and would love to do the same
when I move to Colombia in 2015!’ – Rebecca


‘God’s blessings to you both! Thank you for letting me a part of this event!’ – Amy (booth worker)


‘So glad to be part of this awesome ministry. Thank you!’ – Susan (booth worker)


‘Thank you so much for what you have done! Because of this, we were able to bring them to Thailand. Hundreds of children now have a cross of their own. God bless you!’ – Austin


‘Thank you so much for the amazing crosses. I brought 8 to Uganda last week and gave them
to our hosts and our co-volunteers from Uganda. Those who received were beyond grateful.
In fact, for many it was their first and only cross. It was a true blessing and encouragement.
God bless your ministry! You are a blessing!’ – Jenn, founder of Hands of Action International


‘You are cool!’ – unsigned


‘God bless you for your mission. I will pass your work and words to my church and pass the message.’ – Jackie


‘A special thanks to you for lifting the hearts and prayers for so many.’ – Ron


‘When me and my friend made these (crosses) last year, it led to our church sending
hundreds to Thailand. I brought a few home as well to brighten up my home. I hope you
will continue to send the Gospel to new places.’ – unsigned


‘Your crosses have made their way to Winnipeg, Canada to our churchs’ inner city school.
It was so special to give a gift to new students who are learning about the Lord and need
a physical reminder of the awesome power of the cross.’ – Caroline


‘Thank you so much for your ministry and your labor of love. I am blessed beyond measure.
And, thank you for providing a resource that can help me further the Kingdom of God through the Gospel.’ – Saul


‘May God richly bless your service to Him. Never doubt the dream and labor you do for the
Lord. May you always know God is singing over the labor of your hands.’ – Cindy


‘My parents recently gave me a cross for Easter and since, I’ve brought it with me everywhere
I go for safe travels. It’s really cool.’ – Len


‘Our grandson did a challenge (last year – see our August 2013 post) and is still talking
about it.’ – Doug & Evelyn


God is ahh-mazing!! All of us at CTW were so touched to read what you had to say; we are sorry that we weren’t able to be there in person this year to meet and talk with each of you but look forward to sharing this experience with you next year! Thank you so much for sharing your kind words!!



Make it a goal that when someone looks at you,

they will notice the light of Christ in your eyes and

the radiance He brings to your smile.




How God’s love is touching others …

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”
– Isaiah 41:13

This group of ordered crosses will go to our Family Camp Retreat attendees.  We meet in CA this year and are a group of about 75 Christians who come together once a year to praise, refresh and renew.

The Spanish crosses will travel with a small group from our church, New Song Lutheran, to Encenada, Mexico to a school and orphanage named Lantern Hill.  Thank you for your ministry

Sheila – NV

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I really appreciate what you, Ernie, and all who volunteer are doing to reach people around the world with the love of Jesus. Seeing God’s hand in all of this is a beautiful example to me of His great love, and personally brings encouragement as He places things on my heart today in which to share through writing. What He has orchestrated through Cross the World is a reminder to me that He truly does work “all things together for good”. Thank you again for your labor of love. I look forward to meeting you one day. 

Many blessings, Holly- TX

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We shared the crosses as a gift for the elderly homebound parishioners at First Lutheran as a part of a special communion service on Maundy Thursday. They each held them as a precious treasure. Many thanks for these wonderful, but simple gifts.

Helene – IA

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It was great talking with you to place our order for 600 crosses for our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing party.  God will be sending these beautiful works of art to several countries around the world.  Thanks for sharing the talents God has given you with us so we can share God’s love through our shoeboxes.

  Edna – AZ

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My grandparents from Arizona sent me one of your crosses.  The cross says AZ on it so I thought I’d post and let you know how amazing it is that it has traveled up to me!

Kaylene – MT

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Thank you for making these 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

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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

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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.


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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

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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 ziplock 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

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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 on Sunday at noon. Hopefully, the congregation will be able to use the crosses in their ministry and or share them with other locations. I am planning on assisting with the Soup Kitchen  for the homeless through All Churches United and will have the crosses available there. Through the crosses, there was a lot of HOPE shared there the last time our 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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We are planning to distribute these crosses at a client appreciation Christmas party.  Thank you for this wonderful ministry!

Tina – MN

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Thank you for the wonderful crosses.  We will be taking them with us on our mission trip to Tanzania, Africa.  They will be cherished.  God bless!

Sue – Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Stillwater, MN

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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

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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

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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 – WA

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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 – MN

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As a hospice chaplain, I can tell you when I hand my terminally ill patients their cross, they clutch it as something more precious than gold. We do not worship the cross but the One who went to the cross for us. It is the message of the cross that has been conveyed to these sweet people and their families that they cling onto. It is the very hope and peace that Jesus brings. Thank you for your ministry and the hearts that are touched by each cross that is handed to someone special in the eyes of our Lord.  God bless you and yours!

Pastor Pete – AZ

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I had picked up a couple of your crosses in Oatman, AZ last year and a couple this year.  I gave some to friends and they were happily received so decided to have some on hand to put in cards, etc.  Thank you for this wonderful service.

Beverly – MN

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These are so inspiring. Our church gave them out about a year ago. Now I want to order for myself to give to my friends for them to pass on to others inspiring them to know Christ and get nearer to him. Thanks for the wonderful job you do in spreading the word about our Savior. Bless and thanks to all of the volunteers for their beautiful craftsmanship and dedication to the symbols of our religious roots.


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Thank you for all the crosses.  I enjoy doing this mission of keeping God’s love visible one cross at a time!  God’s blessings and my hugs.

Darlene – MN

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I need to share the blessing from your obedience as servants doing God’s work.  We have one more bible study left for the fall quarter.  Each woman in our table group received a cross at their spot today.  They were very appreciative.  I had taken some extra and told them to feel free to take more and the box is almost empty.  Just as the tomb was empty HE is not here, just as HE said.  HE is being spread right from here to whomever GOD chooses.  It is so exciting.  Thank you for your love.  In Christ,

Pam – WA

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The ember story…. I have always had a strong faith….but now I KNOW I don’t want to be that lone ember. I am so blessed that I received your cross and card today. That is a true miracle from Him, I am in recovery from several issues and every single thing I read in your site had to be put there by Him to be found by me today to save me just like I have been praying for, especially last night!!!!! I DO believe I WAS drowning!


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A lady at my church gave me the cross and told the story and we knew right away we would like to share the crosses with those who attend my daughter’s wedding in April, 2017.  We weren’t going to give out gifts at the wedding, but when we saw the crosses, we knew in our hearts we would be remiss if we didn’t.  Their wedding is to glorify God and it is one week before Easter.  Thank you for all you do.  We feel so blessed.

 Holly – WA

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Several months ago, I purchased 700 crosses from your company.  I thought I would let you know where they are going.  I am one of the youth leaders at Community Lutheran Church here in Las Vegas.  Out youth group has been doing a lot of community outreach.  We have a huge number of homeless people here.  Our kids came up with the “Matthew Kits” idea and it has been well received by our church.  These bags are filled with hygiene products, snacks, a bottle of water, list of services available and maybe a new pair of socks or a new T-shirt.  They are handed out to anyone that needs some help.  Our congregants welcomed this option because some of them were not comfortable just handing out money.  Each bag has one of your crosses in it.  Blessings.

Nelly – Community Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV

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Thank you for this unique way of presenting Jesus to the world.

Joan – MN

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I recently came across the small cross with the big message.  It was awesome to read.  I believe it would be a great ministry for so many to get out and spread the love throughout this world.

Rebecca – MN

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We appreciate all you do.  Your crosses have become a staple in our gift baskets.  Thank you!

CUPS – Lafayette, LA

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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

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

Sandee – AZ

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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

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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

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You  gave me that wooden cross and I thank you so much for that!! You have no idea of the timing of getting this from you today!! Nearly 2 years ago this coming May, I will have 2 years behind me of being diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. I had a major surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove the tumor called a Whipple surgery. I go in every 3 months for MRIs and blood work watching a lesion on my liver and making sure it has not yet metastases. I have been having some really good days and some not so good days lately. I anxiously await the appointments at Mayo and this cross brought tears to my eyes!!!!!!! Thank you so much!

Lisa – MN

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Thank you so much for the beautiful crosses. I give one to each new resident that moves into our Assisted Living building. They love them! God bless you for the work you do!

Denny – The Pines Senior Assisted Living, Jackson, MN

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Thank you so much for continuing this mission of Cross The World.

Dar – MN

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My sister’s Methodist Church in St. Paul gave these crosses out last week. I was the lucky ‘Pass It On’ recipient. Thank you so much for your mission to Cross The World! What a great ministry!

Pamm – WI

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Thank you so much for providing the crosses we have used to proclaim Christ tremendous love. This past year we made the crosses into necklaces with a cord necklace and beads of wood and plastic. We gave out 300 in Guatemala while we were there with the HELPS ministry in Huehuetanago. We will take more of them again this March. In June, we passed out 300 cross necklaces at the Monticello Walk and Roll Day. Besides handing out the crosses, prayer was prayed with the people. In February, we presented 50 cross necklaces to the Teen Challenge group who performed at our church.  In September, we gave away cross necklaces at The Fall Festival at Faith Lutheran Church.  At present, crosses are being made into necklaces for this years Guatemala mission trip.

Faith Lutheran Church – Monticello, MN

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I just wanted to say thank you for making these! I was recently on vacation in Arizona and Community Lutheran Church in Bullhead City, AZ had hung some of your crosses at a tourist location with a sign saying ‘Free – Take One!’. I just thought that was the neatest thing – it felt like God was saying ‘Hello!’ I brought mine home and showed it to my pastor and our church will probably order some too. I just want to have some to share with people. Thank you again!

Wendy – KY

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Our company has a Christian Employee Resource Group at work. We plan to give these crosses away at our Easter event to our CERG members. I love how we can bring God into our workplace!

Tammy – MN

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Our youth group took them to Omaha, NE this summer!

St. Aloysius Catholic Church – Olivia, MN

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Crosses … how to get more. They really work; I’ve been carrying one for a long time. I’ve had several operations this year; I had 4 and one to go. My cross is with me 24/7 and I carry one extra one to give one away. I gave them all away and I needed one last weekend to give one to a friend who needs one badly. I toldhim to pray each day and I’ve had nurses pray with me before the operation. So prayer works; it makes me feel good also. Please let me know where I can get more crosses; I need to pass them on. Thank You.  Prayers are with you always.

Doug – MN

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First Lutheran Church, Galveston, gave 2 crosses tied together to everyone who came to the Cluster Meeting in August.  The Cluster is a meeting (Cluster) of Lutheran Churches in our area – LaMarque, Texas City, Santa Fe, Alvin, Dickinson, and possibly 2 more. We meet twice a year at different Churches in the Cluster. Usually we have a devotional, business meeting, exchange things going on in each Church, take a collection that is given to a needy project in our area and have lunch. We are all in a part of the Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA. I believe that everyone liked the idea.

Joyce – TX

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A Christian who has been instructed by God to share the cross with others. These will go to individuals of a homeless shelter we have served and a nursing home we visit.

Brenda – KY

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Thank you so much! You are a blessing to so many and I pray that you will continue to be blessed in this ministry!

Jackie – MT

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Thank you so much for the beautiful crosses! Everyone loved and appreciated receiving them at our concert. Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas.

Rachael – Central MN Teen & Adult Challenge, Brainerd, MN

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God is working in this program. Thank you for being a part of it.

Joe – MN

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It is so gratifying to give your crosses away and see the enthusiasm they create. We recently gave your crosses free to folks who came to our Kingman, AZ church yard sale last weekend, and they were well-received. About three months ago, an arsonist started two church fires in a neighboring town of Dolan Springs, Arizona, and one of the churches burned to the ground. We sent those folks 50 of your crosses to remind them that they still are a “church,” even without their building. My husband and I hope to visit your ministry this summer when we do our normal pilgrimage to Grand Rapids, Minnesota to see family.

Diane – AZ

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Cross the World continues to be my FAVORITE way to witness to people, whether it be family members, friends, or complete strangers. It is very gratifying to give the crosses to someone, then to find out later that they have ordered several hundred of their own crosses to pass on. God bless all the folks whose hearts and hands make this ministry possible.

Diane – AZ

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May God richly bless you in your faithful and heartfelt service for our Lord and Savior.

Elaine – MN

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The Evangelism & Discipleship Committee at First Baptist Church, Bemidji, will be using the crosses in various ministries and giving to those in congregation who have a need for them.  Thank you!

Dodie – First Baptist Church, Bemidji, MN

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Our church went on a mission trip to Thailand two years ago. One of the children’s most favorite gift to receive were the crosses. Our church is going back to Thailand this year and I’m really excited to give out the crosses again. Thank you so much for your work. It is so nice to explain the significance of the cross to people who have never heard the message.

Doug – Cedar Valley Church, Bloomington, MN

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Jesus breathes His Holy Spirit into us. Through the spirit’s power, when a Christian hugs you, Jesus hugs you. When a Christian prays for you, Jesus prays for you. When you show love and encouragement to others, Jesus expresses his love through you. We do make a difference, one person at a time.

Dar – MN (excerpt from “From Christ In Our Home”)

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I’m here again to order some more crosses. What a blessing they are! The last ones were for my son and daughter in law. They live in Hastings and spend time with a Spanish speaking church in Minneapolis. They gave them each a cross and they loved it! Thank you and God Bless You!

Connie – MN

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Two of our members had ordered a couple hundred wooden crosses you have been making for the witness of Jesus Christ. We have been giving these wooden crosses, along with our church brochure, to the neighbors in our community. It has been very positively received.

I am a native of Japan, although I became an American Citizen almost ten years ago. My mother lives in one of the Lutheran retirement facilities in Tokyo and I will be visiting her there at the end of this month. I am going to visit my home church where my family belongs and plan to present these crosses to the congregation. They can share them with visitors and members alike, for them to wear and witness the love of Jesus Christ.

Your ministry is very unique and I can almost feel His love and grace through this wonderful ministry.

– In His Spirit,
Interim Pastor Yutaka Kishino
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Moreno Valley, CA

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These crosses will be going to Burma to the Po Karen people group. The previous crosses we ordered were in Spanish and went with our daughter and the Lakeville North FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) mission team to the community of Jaracaboa, Dominican Republic. She returns on Saturday, August 8th. We can’t wait to hear who they shared the crosses with! Thank you so much!

Jodi – Messiah Lutheran Church, Lakeville, MN

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I am sending an extra $15 to help you with your wonderful mission. Be sure I will be passing them on to our children to pass them on to someone in their family or friends.

Sheila – River Falls Assembly of God, River Falls, WI

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How exciting to read about how Cross The World crosses are literally crossing the world.  To God give the glory!!

Carla – MN

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This past week, we distributed the 100 crosses we received to seniors at the  Intercultural Senior Center in Omaha as well as to several of the attendants of the Young Neighbors in Action Mission Group.  The seniors were from Nepal, Burma, Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the United States.  The students from YNIA were from Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.  Thank you again!!

Karen – St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Olivia, MN

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Hello from Monticello. We had a successful Walk and Roll on Saturday. We gave away 300 cross necklaces using your beautiful crosses. Phyllis and her husband Tim made most of them. What a commitment of love and time to further the cause of Christ. Next year, we hope to do 500 crosses. Pastor and I had a wonderful trip to Guatemala and enjoyed giving away 500 + crosses. We gave away little wooden necklaces and neon plastic cross necklaces plus almost 200 of your crosses made at my house by 13 dedicated people. What a joy and fellowship around making the crosses to give away. I hope to take more along next year when I go. We have a Fall Festival in Sept and hope to give some away then. I know Phyllis has probably already ordered some for that. Thank you again for your love of CHRIST and your ministry of Passing on the Cross of Christ to Cross the World. I am so thankful God has allowed me to be part of doing this. God bless you. I enjoyed your newsletter. Keep up the great ministry.

Love, Kay – Faith Lutheran Church, Monticello, MN

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Thank you for all you do. God bless.

Tom – MN

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You may recall I was first introduced to Cross The World at SonShine Music Festival, Summer 2013. At that time, I brought the crosses to a childrens home in Nicaragua. I have been on 6 short term trips to Nicaragua and, most recently, I lived there from June 2014 – February 2015. I am interested in bringing this next box to a community in Nicaragua that I am building a non-profit and child sponsorship program for. Last night, we were awarded with partnership of a non-profit organization. Thank you for listening to the Lord and doing His work.

Stephanie – MN Outreach

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Hello there! Spring gatherings, conventions, Good Friday, Easter! Just sent 33 crosses to Fir Lawn Lutheran Church in Sweet Home, Oregon (33 = the age of Jesus when He died). God bless you all and thank you sending crosses from last summer at SonShine! That was a blessing!!

Susan – AZ

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These crosses will be given to all our AWANA clubbers this Spring as we talk about what Jesus did for us on the cross. Thank you so much!

Dawn – MN

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Thank you so much for the beautiful crosses. We will be taking 200 of them to Guatemala and giving 50 to a group from Teen Challenge. God bless you.

Kay – MN

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Last summer our team from St. Michael Lutheran Church in Portage, MI took with them 175 crosses to Lac Brochet, Manitoba to give to the children at Vacation Bible School and others in the community. They were so touched when they received the cross. They live in a very harsh climate and have many difficulties to overcome. Giving people the cross was a special way for us to share God’s love with them. We are going back in April to continue to minister to the people in Lac and encourage them with the gospel. It would be wonderful if we could have more crosses on hand to pass out. Thank you so much for you wonderful ministry. God bless you.

Dana – MI

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Please accept our sincere thanks for shipping the 500 crosses so promptly. We will be dividing them among our mission groups in our church and we have many:
Nu-2-U monthly clothing give away (150)
Free Monthly Community Dinners (125)
Pastor(s) visits to the sick (30)
Divine Sisterhood Easter baskets for the shut-ins (30)
Congregation (165) for Easter Sunday (160)

I have been looking for something to hand to the people that we care for. Small bibles, printed hand outs just didn’t seem to be what I was looking for, the crosses are perfect. I received mine while at a men’s retreat in Jumonville, PA and knew I had to order them as soon as I got home. As Methodists, we do not have many open and visible means to show our faith and your crosses are perfect. I’m sure we will be in touch next year.

Dave – Faith Community UMC, Rochester, PA

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This will make my 4th of 100; all 300 are gone. I should have ordered earlier, but a friend wanted 10 to give to her Bible study group and that took all I had left. No problem if I have to wait … I will just say ‘Jesus loves you and so do I!’ I so love giving the crosses to children! The smile on their faces is a joy!  Thank you for all you do to help others ‘come near to God, so He will come near to you’.

Dar – MN

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The crosses just arrived. God bless you folks. Very special.

Bill – MN

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Thanks for all you do to spread God’s love to others. And, also, God bless you for making Harlow’s dream come true.

Mary – MT

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Enclosed is my check for shipping 200 crosses. As chairman for the Evangelism Committee of our congregation, we are planning to use them as outreach tools to others. God’s continued blessings on such a wonderful ministry.

Rev. Herb – MT

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I forgot to report back: I distributed about 100 crosses in Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba, on my LAMP mission trip this summer. I will be distributing 60 later this semester in two of my classes at the University of Northwestern, St Paul, too. Thank you!

Kent – MN

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Thank you for this wonderful mission of ‘Cross The World’.  One day after I gave our WELCA ladies crosses, one of them told me that she had handed hers to a young lady in church.  With tears, this young girl thanked her.  When I heard this, I know this mission makes people feel wanted.  Thank you so much!

Darlene – MN

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I received one of these Crosses on a day when I needed that personal reminder that God does know our hearts and He hears our prayers, that He is sovereign and we can trust Him in all things, that He cares more for us than we understand, that He stands with us in the midst of the fire, the timing of getting this Cross hung on my coffee cup at my desk, while I was away at lunch, only God knew the meaning of the time of day when I came back to my desk and saw this Cross, and my heart then rested in Him. The struggling, hurting and tearing was over and all things were placed in His hands, and there was peace, in His provision, His Son Jesus Christ.

This is His story and we get to be written in it….Jesus yielded all things on the Cross,…and I so often want to take every other route around the Cross,….instead of just going to the Cross and yielding all things (me). I want to thank-you for providing such an amazing way of reminding us, of where to start with God no matter what time of day it is.

Delcie – MN

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Thank you for the experience making crosses at Sonshine.  When we returned home we gave crosses to our relatives who like in Breckenridge, CO and Denver, CO.  The gift gave us a needed opportunity to remind them of the benefits of being in relationship with Jesus.  We will be making crosses at VBS at Riverside Reformed Church in Bloomington, MN.  Thank you for the quality pieces to create the cross gift.  Your mission is truly awesome!

Carina – MN

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We handed out 200 crosses to those who are poor and just out of prison at Center of Hope in Sioux Falls, South Dakota during Holy Week. Our guests loved them and always wondered how much they cost. When they were told they were a gift, they asked if they could take a few more for their children and grandchildrens Easter gift. Some of the Natives wanted to do beadwork around the cross. It was a very fun time!

Helene – SD

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It is a wonderful ministry you have through the crosses. My husband and I were visiting an old mining town in Oatman, AZ while on vacation in NV. Community Lutheran had placed several crosses on a ‘Welcome to Oatman, AZ’ sign with a note to take one.

I did take one and found the words attached to the cross to be so inspirational that I took it to my church’s Evangelism Committee and requested we order some from you. We plan to use them for multiple audiences: new visitors to our church, older members (many shut-ins) to whom I coordinate a Lay Visitation ministry, to our youth (mid and senior high students) in hopes that they will show them to other students and “pass it on”, plus we’re planning on coordinating with our Chamber of Commerce on ways to give them out to visitors to our lovely city, thereby spreading the word out to folks from other cities/states. Hopefully, we will also find a way to get some to the lonely and needy who really need God in their life. Also, we have a Methodist related college here in LaGrange, GA and some may go to selected students there.

And so you can see, I and my church hope to “make God’s love visible one cross at a time” through many of all ages. Thank you so much for the blessing each cross offers.  Blessings.

Pat – GA

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I received my cross at Vacation Bible School at a small church in Spicer, MN. Being a visitor from Montana, I didn’t expect to leave with such a meaningful gift in my hand. You have helped me to remember that the Body of Christ surpasses state and country lines. Thank you and you have a friend in the Rockies.

Monica – MT

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Just a note to say Jesus has kept me alive, for reasons I am slowly learning, and reasons unknown.  In 2007, I went inpatient for bi-polar and anxiety and would not have made it to today.  I wish there was some way I could help just one person to understand there is help for this debilitating illness.  I take trust in the Lord that when I speak about it, whether I am judged or not, that someone hears there is a way.

We saw your booth at SonShine Fest in Willmar, MN this year and it really touched me that someone would provide crosses.  Mine is hanging on my mirror to help driving distances a bit calmer.  Thank you!

Joyce – MN

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I work in seniors’ homes as a home health aid. When I was at Sonshine 2013 I picked up crosses for my client and co-workers in one home. They were all blessed and some are still thankful for the meaning of the cross being brought to them. Thank you very much for allowing me to be able to bless these people.

Pam – MN

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I am a parish nurse at Grace Lutheran Church in MN. What an awesome ministry you are providing! We have been handing out your crosses with every contact we make. Tomorrow in church, we will be collecting donations to support CROSS THE WORLD.  I was wondering if you could tell me how many crosses you have distributed so far?

Susan – MN

Susan:  Great question … I wish I could give you an exact number but I don’t always write down small quantities that are given out.  So, our best guess is around 80,000 … and we think we are a little light on that number!!!  Thank you all for being such good foot soldiers!!!

– JoAn (April 17, 2014)

More from Sue:  ‘Coins for Heaven’s Sake is a monthly stewardship event at Grace Lutheran Church.  Pails are passed around and coins/donations are collected for different ministries.  We collected $240.32 for Cross The World.  When the check is issued, I will send it with an order for more crosses.

I was first introduced to your ministry at my parish nurse training class.  We have given them during home/hospital/nursing home visits, at GLCW and circle meetings, at Cross Training classes, at a Depression Awareness community event.  I have had requests from parishioners for them so that they can give to others and now I leave out a basket with a few crosses in the church entry so that they are available at all times.  When I retired from the nursing home last December, I gave a cross to each resident and staff member as a visible sign of God’s love.

I believe that the crosses that have been handed out, have had such a positive impact.  We want to continue and expand the number of people we are reaching.  God bless you and your ministry!.

In God’s love, Sue

Thank you and your church, Sue, for thinking about Cross The World and making such a special donation to our work.  It was much appreciated!!

– JoAn

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I just received a cross in the mail from my niece in Kalamazoo, Michigan–showed it to our pastor and we thought that this would a wonderful Easter gift for members of our congregation at Easter Breakfast.  I am ordering 300 crosses.

Valerie – IN

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We handed out the crosses Easter 2012 from our Health Ministry. I ordered so many that now we are including them with the prayer shawls that we give out. They have also have been given to nursing home and hospital patients at our health ministry visits. They are appreciated by all. Thank you for your efforts in making God’s work visible.

Immanuel Lutheran Church – Tower, MN

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 I just can’t thank you enough for getting my order to me weeks before I expected.  Now the youth from our church will be able to take them to Los Angeles where they will do mission work with the homeless and make a connection with them, through our youth, all the way from Minnesota.  God is GOOD, all the time.  All the time, God is GOOD.

…I will spread the word and help you get going out in the desert.  I am going to a Synod Conference in Tucson, AZ next month and plan on telling them about your wonderful ministry.    I will also let you know how it goes with the youth in LA and how well the crosses are received.  God bless you, may He watch over you and protect you, guide you and fill you with His love and grace.

Jari – AZ

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Blessed Easter to you all!  Wanted to let you know that more crosses went to Haiti in March with my daughter on a mission trip with Holy Family School from Victoria, MN.  Thank you!!!

Jadynne – MN

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