During storms, emperor penguins huddle for warmth, taking turns at the center and on the perimeter of the group.  While incubating eggs, up to 6000 male penguins have been observed clustering for shelter against the harsh Antarctic winter.  Partially grown chicks gather in protective ‘creches’ (French for cribs); often surrounded by a colony of adults, these groupings ward off predators and cold.

In stormy times, humans also need supportive groups; we can’t survive alone.  A church family allows us to take turns giving and receiving care.  Amid social upheaval, injustice, illness, natural disaster and any loss or crisis, God invites us to gather for protection and warmth.  In the church community, we support and strengthen one another and are empowered to go out again into the less-sheltered world.

God places each Christian in a local church with intention and purpose.  What’s more, He has given every believer a spiritual gift with which to serve.  If one member doesn’t use his or her gift, then the entire body suffers as a result.  You are needed by the people in your church and you need them as well.  This amazing entity known as the church is a blessing and you are part of it.




We’ve received some awesome testimonials from CTW family members and we thought you would all enjoy reading them too.

I found my cross in Oatman, AZ. What a find! I needed God’s reassurance that I was on the right path. There it was. Thank you Jesus.

Shirley – AZ

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I took a box full of those lovely crosses to our small local Food Pantry where I volunteer. We are not permitted to offer a cross to anyone directly but are allowed to leave the box in plain view so that all can take one or not. At the end of the day there was only ONE cross left. May God bless you and all you love with His greatest blessings. The minute I have more money I will order more crosses.

In His love,  Geo – AZ

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I am lead to start a Pen Pals Mail – Childrens Ministry and I am going to use these inside the envelopes with the story/activity book.  Easter theme is my next one and these will be perfect.  I love them!  Thank you! 

Caley – MI 

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We do cold calls for our church in our town as well as prayer requests in people’s homes.  We would like to leave them something to remember us by. 

Eldon – MO

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Thank you Shirley, Geo, Caley and Eldon for sharing your thoughts with us!



Here’s the family members who got our crosses in February:

Karen – WA

Dar – MN

Kay – MN for mission trip to Guatemala

Latter Rain Ministries – Kingman, AZ

Rejoice Lutheran Church – Clearwater, MN

Don – MN

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Bruno, MN

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Russ – MN for Homeless and Wounded Warriors-MN

Bob – TX

Jason – MN

Immaculate Conception Council of Catholic Women – Columbia Heights, MN

Grace United Church – Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada

Chaplain Scott – AR

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – New York Mills, MN

Linda – MN

Classy Jacs Guiding Light – Joplin, MO

Gethsemane Lutheran Church – Dassel, MN

Fayette Congregational Church – Fayette, MI

Charles – ND



A couple of reminders for you:

Daylight savings times starts Sunday, March 10th! Remember to set your clocks ahead!!


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If you are thinking you would like crosses for the Lenten/ Easter season, please request them as soon as you can.  This is a busy time in our woodshop and we want to help everyone get their crosses in time to meet their needs.  Thanks!







We received  a couple more wonderful Christmas blessings regarding our crosses in the Operation Christmas Child project that I wanted to share:

“Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.  A special thanks for the 600 crosses we obtained for our Operation Christmas Child shoe box packing party.  We were able to pack 843 at our event.  God provided crosses for each box as one of my friends worked with ladies at a Care Center to make crosses so we were so happy to have all the crosses to fill each box.  May God continue to bless you as you share His love thru your crosses.  We have heard a lot of our shoe boxes went to the Philippines carrying your crosses.  We are keeping you and your wonderful ministry in our prayers.  Merry Christmas!”

Edna – AZ

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I can’t tell you how much your crosses will help spread the Word! I sent them to Operation Christmas Child!”  Candice –  CA

(I posted Candy’s comments last month but forgot the GREAT photo she sent!  Thanks, Candy for sharing!  Your boxes look terrific!!)





The other night, I dreamt I went to Heaven.   It was breathtaking there … more magnificent than anything we can visualize here on earth.  Plush gardens were everywhere, with cool waters gracefully and lazily flowing through them; fragrances from the vibrant plants caressed my face as they floated by.  Children and their pets played gleefully along the pebbled pathways; big belly laughs could be heard as they romped in the thick, soft grass.  And, the music … it was sooo beautiful … and it surrounded me.  I could almost see it rising as dainty, spent dandelion flowers in the wind above the heads of every single smiling, peaceful, loving face I saw.  It was wonderful … everyone was healthy; everyone was whole.  Everything I had heard about it, everything I had read about it … SERIOUSLY downplayed.  I could hardly take the majesty, the opulence, in … this was Heaven.  I was in Heaven!!!

An angel guide appeared and suggested we go for a walk.  As we walked and talked, it was hard for me to keep my mind in tune to what she was saying … there was so much serenity, so much beauty, so much obvious love.  I was giddy; I was in Heaven!!!  Pinch me!!!

Eventually, we came to a massive warehouse.  Stopping, my guide said she wanted me to see something.  When we entered the warehouse, I could see a narrow hallway stretching down the entire length of it on the right, with doorways to rooms on the left side.  We started down the hallway and stopped at the first doorway.  This first room was huge and bustling with more angels than I could count, every one of them working feverishly.

Where were we, I wondered?  As if reading my mind, my guide said, ‘This warehouse is our Prayer Processing Center and the room we’re looking in is the Receiving Department.  Here, all prayers are received.’  As I looked around, I realized the angels were sorting out voluminous petitions written on paper sheets and scraps of all sizes and colors … petitions from, obviously, people all over the world!

After watching them for a while, we moved on down to the second doorway, another room of matching size.  My guide announced that this was the Packaging and Delivery Department.  She further added, ‘Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.’  I noticed how busy all the angels were here too.  It was evident that the volumes of requested blessings were being packaged for delivery.

As we continued on our tour, we stopped at the last door at the farthest end of the long hallway.  It opened into a very small room where one angel was seated at a tiny desk, idly doing nothing.  ‘This is the Acknowledgment Department’, my angel friend quietly, almost embarrassed, admitted to me.  I stood silent, trying to come to terms with the glaring difference between this department and the previous two.  How is it that there isn’t anything going on here, I thought?  As if reading my mind, my guide sighed and said, ‘It’s so sad.  After people receive the blessings they’ve asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.’ ‘How does one acknowledge God’s blessings? ‘ I asked.  ‘Simple’, she answered, ’Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”’



 Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you give to me, my family & friends, my church and thank you, too, for blessing all the good folks in our Cross The World family.  Thank you for blessing me with the strength I need to make it through each day and for surrounding me with people who make my life more meaningful.





I received this great testimonial from our Sister in Christ, Carla, from Moorhead, MN and I couldn’t wait to pass it on to you.  Thank you so much, Carla, for letting us know about this great Christian service in your area and THANK YOU for introducing Cross The World to them!

‘Greetings from the Fargo/Moorhead area. There is a very unique ministry thriving in my community and I wanted to share its info with you. It is called Fix It Forward Ministry. 

Fix It Forward Ministry is a not-for-profit charity located at Fix It Forward Auto Care (a full-service auto repair facility) in Moorhead. The ministry’s goal is to remove the transportation barrier for needy members of the community and help enable them to be independent and self-sufficient. This goal is accomplished one of two ways:  1) by providing free car repairs to needy individuals, to help keep their vehicles on the road and safe, or 2) by repairing donated vehicles and giving them to needy members in the community who do not have a vehicle or whose vehicle is beyond repair. After-hour volunteer labor, discounted parts, and charitable donations cover the costs of repairs.

Anyone in need who receives a car, or repairs to a car, from Fix It Forward Ministry must be referred to them by one of the 30 participating assistance organizations in the Fargo/Moorhead area such as the YWCA, Salvation Army, or Jail Chaplains.  In 2018, there were more than 120 cars fixed and 81 placed. 

A volunteer from my church, Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo, details the car before it is sent on its way so it is as clean and fresh as possible.  And, this is the exciting part for me … the part where Cross The World gets involved.  One of your crosses accompanies a Bible that is placed in each car; together, these give people HOPE.  So, thank you, for making it possible to think outside the box to yet another road for the crosses to go to those who need encouragement.  I am blessed to play a part in this program; may God bless you as you continue to bless others through your ministries.’


For more information about this awesome ministry, click HERE.



“The more kindly we treat people – the more we let God love others through us –
the more real His Presence becomes to us.”

Dave Roberson, The Walk of the Spirit


The love of God was shared with these folks last month through the cross:

Messiah Lutheran Church – Lakeville, MN for Project Video trip to Thailand and Burma

Mary – MN for Jamaica mission trip

Diane – AZ

Georgia – AZ

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Paul – PA

Canfield Presbyterian Church – Canfield, OH

Trinity Lutheran Church – Billings, MT

Carla – MN

St. John’s Lutheran Church – Park Rapids, MN

Community Lutheran School – Readlyn, IA



The light of God surrounds me … the love of God enfolds me,

The presence of God protects me … God is always with me.

Notice God’s creation today?  Can you see what it’s trying to tell you? 

All those golden brushstrokes were by your Father to remind you of His love.


We received some very special blessings from some of our Cross The World family over the holidays and wanted to share them with you:


“We can’t begin to tell the blessings your crosses have given so many people that we meet everywhere we go.  They are a wonderful gift that touch people’s hearts and inspire them to share their testimonies with others.  Keep the crosses going on, as your friend’s dying wish is being fulfilled – ‘Cross The World’.”  Nick & Pam – PA

“I can’t tell you how much your crosses will help spread the Word! I sent them to Operation Christmas Child!”  Candice – CA

“How thoughtful! The crosses you make have been a great source of connection with Faith Community Nurses and those who receive them, often with smiles and sometimes tears so we can offer support. Christmas Blessings to you.” Annette – MN

“Thank you so much for crosses to share with our leaders across Presbyterian Homes.  They are such a special gift – especially knowing they were handmade by you with some help from our Heartwood residents.  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!”  Darcy & Courtney, Presbyterian Homes – MN


And, we thank Holly Spate, author of the message on our cross hangtag, for penning this lovely Christmas message:

All Is Bright

by Holly Spate

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18

As you head into another holiday season filled with the hustle and bustle this time of year can bring, take a moment to pause, to contemplate and to breathe deeply. Find a quiet, comfortable spot to simply stop, stand still and focus. Whether you come with a full heart or a heart that’s falling to pieces, fall on your knees and take a moment to rest and remember.

Remember this past years blessings, provisions and protections. Remember moments of happiness and the growth that came through moments of sadness. Remember the struggles in the valleys and the breathtaking moments on the mountaintops. Remember the miracles and the blessings of fresh starts and new mercies. Remember the transformations that came from lessons learned, the beauty that blossomed from brokenness, and the honor that was gained from humility.

Remember the day you put your trust in Christ…the day you decided to accept the gift of salvation He freely offers to all who call upon His great name. The day you turned from self and turned to Him. That day He broke your chains, forgave your sins, and took your hand. His sacrifice washed you afresh…white as the falling snow, cleansing you forever. His unwavering faithfulness tightly wrapped you in the warmth of His beautiful, unconditional love and continues to hold you tight. Every step, every day, every moment…all for you.

Recognize your place in Christ and all it affords you both in this life and for all eternity. Remember what life was like without Him and rejoice because you’ll never have to be without Him again.

Because of the Savior you have been blessed beyond measure. You have an everlasting hope. Even your darkest days are illuminated in the light of His presence. God sent His one and only Son so you could have life, peace, joy, grace, and hope. He stepped out of heaven into the creation He designed to bring the gift of himself, all because of His unconditional and perfect love for you.

The babe in a manger came so all your days would be bright.

So, as you head into another holiday season filled with the hustle and bustle this time of year can bring, take a moment to pause, to contemplate and to breathe deeply. Find a quiet, comfortable spot to simply stop, stand still and focus. Make time to reflect, to give thanks, and to remember. Spend time in His presence and praise Him for the greatest gift that came wrapped in love over 2,000 years ago. A gift that was paid in full for you.

And as you remember and celebrate the true meaning of the season, hold tight to the truth that with Christ all is bright.

With Him, all will always be bright.

Merry CHRISTmas!

(Copyright 2018 Holly Spate All Rights Reserved)



Our brother in Christ, Mike from Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, traveled with his mission team to Laos with Project Video in 2018 (please click HERE to get more information about Project Video).  He forwarded these photos of the happy recipients of our crosses from that trip.  Thanks, Mike, for sharing with us.







Mike’s mission team will be leaving for their 2019 Project Video trip the end of this month, visiting with and bringing the Gospel to the Akha people in Thailand and the Bunong people in Cambodia.  We ask God to watch over His faithful servants as they travel to these Asian countries and look forward to seeing photos from that trip as well.






And, in December, the joy of the cross was shared by these folks:





Rodnes Lutheran Church – Erskine, MN

Pam – PA

Bill – MN

Carla – MN

Donna – MN

Norris Square (Presbyterian Homes) – Cottage Grove, MN

Hosanna Lutheran Church – St. Charles, IL

Paul – PA

Carol – AZ

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Fallen Up Ministries – Palmer, AK

Denise – MD for Operation Christmas Child

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

New Hope Church – Kilauea, HI

Don – MN



Faith is not the presence of warm religious feeling.
It’s the knowledge that you walk before the God that hears. 

 Ed Welch



As I was looking for something to write about this month, I came across some sentiments written by some folks over the years and I thought maybe I should share them with you.  Some of them are close to the heart; others a little humorous.  I found a favorite in the midst of this collection; maybe you will find yours too:


My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Bob Hope

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.  Peg Bracken

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.  Washington Irving

Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.  Helen Steiner Rice

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Dale Evans

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.  Alexander Smith

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.  Burton Hills

Who can add to Christmas?  The perfect motive is that God so loved the world.  The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son.  The only requirement is to believe in Him.  The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. Corrie Ten Boom

The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God.  CS Lewis

All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.  David Jeremiah

The great challenge left to us is to cut through all the glitz and glam of the season that has grown increasingly secular and commercial, and be reminded of the beauty of the One who is Christmas.  Bill Crowder 

May we not ‘spend’ Christmas or ‘observe’ Christmas, but rather ‘keep’ it.  Peter Marshall

The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.  Ralph W. Sockman

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Harlan Miller

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale

This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.  Taylor Caldwell

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.  Charles Schulz

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?   Dr. Seuss from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.   Charles Dickens

And, this comparison:

Why Jesus is better than Santa Claus

Santa lives at the North Pole …
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh …
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year …
JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies …
JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited …
JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa …
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap …
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is
“Hi little boy or girl, what’s your name?” …
JESUS knew our name before we were born…
Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too.
He knows our history & future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly …
JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO
JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says “You better not cry” …
JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa’s little helpers make toys …
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but …
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree …
JESUS became our gift and died on a tree….the cross.



‘Thank you for your ministry.  I have a great joy passing the cross out to people at the Dallas Kidney Transplant Center and everywhere I go.  These crosses are a ministry to people in this world to let them know Christ Jesus died for them on that cross. Thanks for your ministry.  Love you Brothers and Sisters in Christ.’   Keith – TX






And, we thank these CTW family members for sharing the cross and showing others God’s love:



Mary – MN
Bob – MN
Mignonette – MN
Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN
Presbyterian Home Services – Mpls, MN
Bay Area Vineyard Church – Silver Bay, MN
St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK
Morningside Baptist Church – Healy, AK
Peniel Baptist Church – Bethany, OK
Carol – AZ
Cindy – TX
Dodie – MN
Wayne – AZ
Tiffany – MN
Don – MN
Brenda – ND
Keith – TX
Donna – PA



Irving Berlin, a Russian immigrant, was considered one of the greatest song writers in American history.  Just a few of his more popular songs are God Bless America, Easter Parade, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Puttin’ on the Ritz, and Play a Simply Melody.  But, he is probably best known for his composition of White Christmas, which he wrote in 1940.

Story goes that some of his buddies were complaining about how hot it was in California in December and they appealed to him to write a song that would ‘cool them down’ so he penned this song overnight.  Little did he know that the crooner Bing Crosby would send this simple song, reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting, to the top of the charts and it would become the world’s best selling single, with sales over 50 million copies worldwide!  Still considered one of the top Christmas tunes, here is Bing doing what he did best:



Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.  

Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States


Wishing God’s blessing to you and those you treasure.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Cross The World!




‘Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.’

– Dwight Eisenhower


Have you hugged a Veteran today?




I promised you pictures of the fall gathering of ‘Ernie’s girls’ from Heartwood Senior Living and here they are!  We had a western/cowboy theme for this get together and everyone was given cowboy hats to wear.  As you can see in the photos, there was a real cowgirl (from Oklahoma) present so she is the only one who knew how to truly wear her kerchief and hat, pressed straight and low on her head.  But, regardless of how the hats were worn, everyone was a good sport and had a great time!

And, an ADDED blessing for us was a couple of visitors from the Presbyterian Homes & Services office located in Minneapolis (Presbyterian Homes owns/manages Heartwood Senior Living in conjunction with our local medical center).  They wanted to see what the residents enjoyed doing so tagged along on the outing.  I think they enjoyed it just as much as everyone and we hope to see them again when we get together for food and fun next spring!

Even our dog Lily joined in (well, she wasn’t such a good sport … she did it because Mom said so!)

We are so blessed by our Heartwood friends and enjoy their company so much!!! 



This has been a busy month for us!  Prayers of thanksgiving go out for the crosses shared by these folks during October:

Paul – PA

Pam – WA

Bonita – MN

Ely United Methodist Church – Ely, MN

Donna – PA

Don – MN

Shirley – NV

St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church – Foreston, MN

Carol – AZ

Crossing Home – Minneapolis, MN

God’s Country Cooperative Parish – Newberry, MI

Beautiful Hope Baptist Church – Springdale, AR

Trinity Lutheran Church – Billings, MT

Prairie Hill Church – Shakopee, MN for Operation Christmas Child

Zed – MN

Brenda – OK



The Christmas shopping season is on us.  The stores are already advertising ‘Black Friday’ sales … yikes!!  Before we get ‘crushed’ by the rush of all the things we think we need to get done for family, friends, pastors, shut-ins, etc., let’s take a few minutes to thank Jesus for His blessings on us.  Let’s think about how good our life is with our Lord by our side; let’s think of His sacrifice for us and how our sins are washed away because of Him; let’s remember His birth, His life, and His grace.  Let’s take this time to be thankful.







Recently, Ernie and I took a little trip through northern Minnesota.  It was a short 2 day trip but enough for us to get away from the woodshop and our obligations to our dog, as well as to others.  It was a much needed break.

We stopped at a few waterfalls and river mouths pouring into Lake Superior, took a few photos of the waves crashing against the shoreline, saw the loaded ships waiting patiently in the Duluth harbor, visited a few ore mines.  We aren’t the typical tourist type people … we prefer to travel slow, winding back roads instead of the nicely paved thoroughfares that get you there fast.  It was pre-peak color season but the scenery was still breathtaking.

Of everything we saw in those two days, two things still stick so vividly today and I wanted to share them.  We chose to travel through Superior National Forest by Grand Marais, specifically on Sawbill Trail … a heavily tree canopied gravel road that climbs up and down as it snakes through the Sawtooth Mountains (that’s it in the photo).  As we drove along in the comfort of our warm van on that nicely maintained road, we talked about what it must have been like for the Natives or pioneers as they picked their way carefully and probably painfully, either by foot or on horseback, over the rough terrain.  The trees were close together and the rocks deposited by the glaciers jutted out everywhere.  It was hilly; brush was close together; their treks must have been exhausting with, sometimes, little headway made.  The trees were turning beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red and we wondered if they even noticed the beauty surrounding them at this time of year.  Or, were they so busy gathering food and wood to get them through the impending winter, they couldn’t see God’s handiwork?  What their life must have been.  Again, from the comfort of the van, I thought it would be a great opportunity to experience that lifestyle … for an hour or two.  The thought made me appreciate modern technology.

Our favorite part on the Sawbill Trail was Heartbreak Ridge.  Not named for spooning couples who decided to call it quits and leap off the ledge at that spot (which is what everyone obviously thinks), Heartbreak Ridge is the section of the road where the grade is very long and relatively steep, with 90 degree turns and twists.  In the winter, loggers were no longer able to navigate this grade so all logging stopped until the spring thaw and THAT was the heartbreak.  Obviously, that time was before this area became a National Forest … GOOD FOR US!

The second precious memory of the trip was our stayover in Ely and we decided to have Vietnamese food for supper.  The people at the motel told us the restaurant was small; fortunately, they didn’t tell us it was mostly take out or we would have missed an awesome chance meeting.  The restaurant was small, with only 3 tiny tables, but the menu made up for it.  It was enormous  … with over 100 choices so, while we looked it over, we asked this man who was sitting by himself at a table if we could use a couple of his chairs.  He promptly invited us to share his table and our supper with him … what a blessing that turned out to be!!  As we ate and chatted, his eyes grew sad when he told us he was a widower and how much he missed his wife.  They had relocated from Milwaukee and had children in the area.  He talked about his military experience.  We told him a little about us … where we lived, what we did, our ministry … you know, all the normal stuff.  All the time, he kept his eye on the red pickup parked outside the door with 2 enormous (and I mean ENORMOUS) St. Bernards hanging out the window (well, as much of their bodies as the window had capacity for anyway).  This humorous sight did not allow one single person to pass by without these two getting a head pet, drooly chin rub or snag a photo opportunity … and we watched as this happened over and over and over!  He smiled as he said those two dogs were his and they ‘modeled’ for more photographic opportunities than anything else in the area, right from the passenger side of the truck!  Gentle love giants at 180# each, these ‘lap puppies’, as he referred to them, were his constant companions and we could see they filled his heart with joy. All too soon, our meal was over and our ways would part.  Before we said our good-byes, Ernie gave him one of our crosses and our new friend said something we have heard many times before:  ‘This is what it’s all about anyway, isn’t it?’  Yup!!

It was a GREAT TRIP!!!



Several folks have contacted us already for crosses they want to pack in the shoeboxes that will be sent to less fortunate kids across the world at Christmas time (Operation Christmas Child) and we are so happy to fill their requests!  If you, your church or your organization are thinking you would like to participate in the Operation Christmas Child project, click HERE for more information.

Or, if you have another worthy cause you are supporting and would like to receive crosses to present to the participants, please let us know as soon as you can so we can make sure you get the crosses in time.




And, from Paul in Beaver Falls, PA:

‘Most people thru out Beaver Falls, Ellwood City and others of the Beaver Valley in Pennsylvania have seen me sitting on the tailgate of my old truck handing out yard crosses (measuring about 12” x 18”).  The Yard Cross ministry is an outreach program and is affiliated with Riverview United Methodist Church in Patterson Township, Beaver Falls.

In late November, 2009, my wife and I embarked on a, what we thought, was going to be a one time thing.  We decided to make up about 50 yard crosses to hand out to our church family as a way of showing our faith to the public by displaying the crosses in front of our homes. 

As of August of this year, we have handed out 18,171 yard crosses.  We never expected that we would ever hand out that many crosses!  Our mission statement is “To supply as many yard crosses as needed, to be placed in front of an individual’s home or business, as a way of showing our love of Jesus Christ and our Christian values.”

We are happy to say that Cross The World is involved with Paul and his ministry and that our crosses are accompanying him as he travels around, sharing his love and handworks for the Lord.  He is a great disciple of Christ!  Thank you, Paul, for letting CTW be a part of your awesome ministry!!



Charles Stanley said:  ‘Our lives are about fulfilling the heavenly Father’s purpose.  Many people miss out on its goodness because they choose to follow personal preferences instead, believing their own choices are better.  Obedience is sometimes hard, but the struggle and sacrifice are worth it.  The Lord’s ways and principles lead believers to joy and peace.’

Lord, you will do everything you have planned for me.  Lord, your faithful love continues forever.
You have done so much for us.  Don’t stop now. 

Psalm 138: 8

We appreciate how our CTW family shows their love for others!!!  Thank you to the following who requested crosses to share last month.  We are ever so grateful.

Faith Community United Methodist Church – Rochester, PA

Faith Assembly – Imperial, CA

CUPS – Lafayette, LA

St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK

Dodie – MN

Helen – ND

Marian – MN

Don – MN

Immanuel Watson Parish – Boyd, MN

Jan for St. Matthews United Church of Christ – Forest City, MN 125th anniversary

Pam – PA

Pam – WA

Carla – MN

Frank – MI for Operation Christmas Child



 I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it. 

– Lee Maynard




This cloud appeared for a few fleeting seconds over our lake the other day when we were out for a boat ride.   It gently reminded us that God’s presence is truly everywhere; we only need to look for it.  What a comforting sight!!  He is such a great Father to us and we are so humbly thankful He has chosen to watch over us!


Relax in His presence!!



These family members blessed others with crosses during the month of August:

Carol – VA

Paul – PA

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

Don – MN

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

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society – Ellwood City, PA

Deborah – NV

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church – Tucson, AZ

Trinity Lutheran Church – Detroit Lakes, MN



We are loved by a God who never makes mistakes.

Jessica Honegger



David Koblish is a soloist and recording artist from Minneapolis, MN and is considered one of the great favorites in sacred music. His beautiful and natural voice is heard in music that is Contemporary, Traditional, Inspirational, Country Western and Southern Gospel.

In 1973, he and his wife started their faith ministry, Under His Wings.  Since then, David has been singing full-time, performing at churches of all denominations, sizes and locations; Bible conferences; crusades; and evangelistic services.  Through his song, he shares God’s word and tells people about Christ’s redemption for them.  He’s musically ministered at conferences throughout Asia, South America, and Europe with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, sometimes singing songs in the native language.  Additionally, he’s had the privilege of recording with the Bill Gaither Vocal Group along with other national groups as well.

David’s mandate from his Savior is to take the gospel message to every corner of the earth.  This means EVERY corner, both big and small.

We heard him recently and were joyfully filled with the Holy Spirit through his music.  If you would like a singer/speaker for your church service, banquet, meeting, festival, or event of any kind, we would heartily recommend you consider booking David Koblish.  We guarantee his music will fill your heart and you will, in turn, rejoice in His goodness!

For more information about David’s ministry, Under His Wings, or to view his booking schedule, please click HERE.



May today there be peace within.

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.