November is a ‘thankful’ month for me … Thanksgiving comes near the end of the month and always presents the wonderful opportunity to enjoy time with the family.  We hug each other; we laugh at each other; we eat too much together.  It’s a great family get-together!  But, of course, there’s more!!

On  Thanksgiving Day, and from the comfort of my La-Z-Boy in front of my big screen TV, I can enjoy watching a pompous parade of overstuffed cartoon characters meandering down the streets of New York City, followed by one over-commercialized football game after another.  Then, the next day, I can immerse myself into the insane Christmas shopping stream … racing from one department store to another, trying to time my entrance to get the best deal on some material item, spending way more money than I have or could possibly make in a year.

Or … I could humbly spend my time being thankful.

Today is Veterans Day.  Yes, it’s a holiday … no mail, no banking.  But, it’s more than that … it’s a kick-off of my ‘thankful’ season.  There are men and women out there in the military, retired or active, who are bestowing me a monumental blessing of freedom … not just today … but every day.

They are risking their lives … for me.  Many of them have already suffered wounds that will never heal … for me.  Some have already lost limbs, vision, mobility; some have returned from duty to find their jobs replaced, their homes closed to them, or their family life, as they remember it, in tatters … for me.  Others are serving in distant lands, far from anything that is familiar or comfortable to them.  Their sleep may be shattered by noises they haven’t heard before; their days may be spent dealing with sandstorms or drenching rains or suspicious roadside travelers.  They won’t be spending their holidays with loved ones this year; their Thanksgiving dinner may be served cold from a can and their TV may be non-existent.  And, they may be crying out in pain or fear, only to ears that don’t hear.  They may be doing all of this … all for me.

And, so, I think … what can I possibly do for these brave men and women to let them know just how thankful I am to them?  I can remember what they have fought for and are continuing to stand for; I can pray for their safety because, without them, I wouldn’t be.  I can honor them for their service and pay them the tribute they deserve.  I can let them know I am proud of our United States soldiers and that I am proud of the United States of America.  I can stand by them.

I am truly overwhelmingly humbly thankful for them … not just today, but every day.  I pray that you will join me in saying ‘Thank you’ to all our military.




Here is a wonderful and fun fact on how M&Ms began their long and tasty journey:

In the 1930’s, during the Spanish Civil War, Forrest Mars St., son of the founder of the Mars Company, developed the idea for the M&M candies when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, preventing the candies from melting.

Ten years later, he struck a deal to produce his new candy with Hershey’s Bruce Murrie and this arrangement allowed the candies to be made with Hershey chocolate (the Hershey Company, at the time, had control of the rationed chocolate).  The duo named the candy after their initials, gained a patent for the invention, and started distributing their candies, which were packed in cardboard tubes, to the soldiers during World War II.

In 1945, after the war ended, the M&M packaging changed to the wrappers we still see today, and the candies were introduced to the public.  In 1949, the tagline ‘Melts in your mouth, not in your hand’ was released by the company; in 1950, a black ‘M’ was imprinted on each candy and in 1954, the color was changed to white.

After all these years, it still remains one of the most popular chocolate candies in the US.



We’ve heard such wonderful testimonials this past month … we have to share!!


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 zip lock 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

(The tag on the zip lock bag reads: ‘Let’s not teach our children to celebrate evil and witchcraft.’)

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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 at noon on Sunday. Hopefully, the congregation will be able to use the crosses in their ministry and/or share them with other locations. I will be assisting with the soup kitchen through Churches United for the Homeless and will have the crosses available there. Through the crosses, there was a lot of hope shared there the last time Messiah Evangelical Lutheran 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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My other profession is as a public school teacher and today, I received an email from a fellow teacher at a different school.  This email began this way, “I am sorry I was so rude to year last year.  I know I hurt you.”  Now I had to think really hard about that as I just couldn’t remember her ever being rude to me.  She went on to tell the story.  Here is the short version:

About a hundred teachers were attending a teacher leadership conference at a nearby hotel and, while on a break, I was sitting, alone, at my table.  Suddenly, a hand came stabbing in from over my shoulder and a finger was pointed at a cross I had laying on the tabletop, a Cross The World cross.  She fairly loudly groaned and said, “Oh, you are one of those!”  I was a bit startled by her remark because I didn’t know she was standing behind me.  When I turned and smiled, I saw she was a bit upset …  well, maybe not a bit …  she was very upset.  Then she said, “I guess you believe in that Jesus.”  I said, “Oh yes, I do.  Do you?”  She spurted out a string of obscenities as she spun and stomped away.

I was too stunned to respond at first and then I believe the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart saying that young woman is hurting.  I started to follow her across the large conference room we were in, and when I was about halfway, she saw me and pointed at me with a look on her face that told me not to come any closer.  I held up my hands in surrender and turned back to my table.  I was feeling sort of whipped;  I wanted to go to her but I knew I wasn’t welcome.  I prayed for that lady right then and I asked God to heal her broken heart.  I forgot about the incident.  I really didn’t think it was a big deal.  I was, oh, so wrong!

In her email, she told of all the tribulation she had been going through.  Her father and mother had both died earlier that year, she had her third miscarriage and the doctor told her she could never have children, her husband had left her because she was so mean to him, and she had just been diagnosed with cancer.  Okay, that would be enough the break the heart of even the strongest person … I read on.  She said she had slipped back into the conference room when we were on our next break and, finding no one at my table, she took the cross and snuck away.  Because we were so busy the rest of the day, I didn’t notice that the cross was missing.

Late that night, all alone in the dark, she wept, holding that cross.  These are the words she said she cried, “Oh God, if you are there, I need you.”  She immediately felt the sorrow, and guilt, and grief, and pain lift from her.  She went back to church that coming Sunday and gave her life to Christ.  She said, “Thank you for the cross, but that I couldn’t have it back.”  She has since learned that she is now a new creation, having been born again.  By the way, she is now cancer free.

What is the power of the cross?  Well…. – Pastor Stan – MN

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As the song goes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  It’s a time of sharing … and we want to help you help others share God’s love through the cross this season.

Please, if you are considering giving our crosses away through shoeboxes, Christmas bags, personal visits, mission work, etc., and you haven’t gotten your request for them to us yet, we’re asking that you do so as soon as you can.  Please help us by giving us as much time as you can to make sure you receive your crosses when you need them.  Thank you!!



We count our blessings for our Cross The World family; our crosses traveled here in October:

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Helen – ND

Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN

SonRise Christian School – Bluffton, MN

Catherine – MN

Dodie – MN

Rodnes Lutheran Church – Erskine, MN

Carla – MN

Don – MN

Paradise and Hulbert United Methodist Church – Newberry, MI

Answer in Jesus Ministries – Ramsey, MN

Community Care ‘n Share  Café – Emily, MN

Moore Ministries – Ruskin, FL

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Ladies – Cohasset, MN

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School – Rochester, MN

New Life Church – Foley, MN

Restoration Book Store – Crosby, MN

Churches United for the Homeless – Moorhead, MN

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church – Fargo, MN

Karen – MN



The ABC’s

It’s September.  Where did the summer go?  I can’t believe it … but believe it, I must.  Like dusting cookies with colored sugar, Mother Nature is beginning to cast her bright jewels of brilliant crimson, sunset orange and canary yellow among the green canopy of the trees that surround our home.    And, it might be my imagination but it seems the lake has taken on a richer color as the blue waves gently lap onto the shore, inticing us to enjoy yet another pontoon ride before it gets too chilly.  The daytime sky is almost transparent now and it seems you can almost look through the vibrant blue, into the great unknown.  I suppose it has something to do with the crisp evenings we’re starting to have.

And, there’s another very visible sign of September … a very active, very colorful vehicle that tells everyone school is back in session …  the unmistakeable blaze orange school bus. 

Yes, school’s back in session.  Kids are refreshing summer absent friendships; finding their way to their lockers through the maze of the new school; rediscovering the ‘magic’ of studying and learning.

And, so, as the kids are brushing up on their alphabet, maybe it’s time we adults took a look at our Biblical alphabet …

Always give thanks1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

Build others up1 Thessalonians 5:11-15

Cast your cares on HimPsalm 55:22

Delight in God’s wordJeremiah 15:16

Expect great thingsEphesians 3:20

Forgive as you have been forgivenColossians 3:12-13

Give cheerfully and generously2 Corinthians 9:6-12

Humble yourself1 Peter 5:5-6

Increase your faith2 Peter 1:5-10

 Joy in the journeyPhilippians 4:11-13

Know His loveEphesians 3:16-19

Listen to wise counselProverbs 11:14, 24:6

Make peace with othersMatthew 5:22-24

Never give upGalatians 6:9-10

Overflow with kindnessEphesians 4:31-32

Pray without ceasingEphesians 6:18

Quiet yourselfPsalm 46:10

Renew your mindRomans 12:2

Seek to do His willMatthew 7:17-27

Tell the truth in loveEphesians 4:15-16

Use the gifts God has given youRomans 12:4-8

Value godliness1 Timothy 4:7-9

Work unto the LordColossians 3:22-24

Experience His presence1 Peter 1:8-9

Yield to othersPhilippians 2:3-8

Zealously share the reason for your hope1 Peter 3:14-16



Some comments from our CTW family members:

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

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

And, last month, we were privileged to send our crosses to these family members:

              John – NV

              Brenda – ND

              Dar – MN

              United Methodist Women of Merced CA – Merced, CA

              First United Methodist Church – Manistique, MI

              Good News Community Church – Jackson, MN

              Pam – WA

              Staples Motley Catholics – Staples, MN

Thank you so much for all you do. 

To God be the Glory!!!



People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

– Mother Teresa


Working Until Jesus Comes

Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody and Joe Nobody were neighbors, but they were not like you and me.  There were odd people and most difficult to understand.  The way they lived was a shame.

All four belonged to the same church, but you would not have enjoyed worshipping with them.  EVERYBODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends.  ANYBODY wanted to worship but was afraid SOMEBODY wouldn’t speak to her.  So guess who went to church … NOBODY.

Really, NOBODY was the only decent one of the four.  NOBODY did the visitation; NOBODY worked on the church building.  Once they needed a Sunday school teacher.  EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY would do it, and ANYBODY thought SOMEBODY would do it.  And you know who did it?  That’s exactly right … NOBODY!

It happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area.  EVERYBODY thought SOMEBODY should try to win him for Christ.  ANYBODY could have made an effort.  You probably know who finally won him:  NOBODY!

This little parable brings to focus again the fact that each of us is personally responsible for God’s work.  If we leave it for somebody or everybody or anybody, nobody will do it.  Let’s work till Jesus comes!

Compliments of THE TRACT LEAGUE



In July, God’s love through the cross was shared by these CTW family members:

Bill – MN

Our Saviors Lutheran Church – Topeka, KS

Our Saviors Lutheran Church  – Stillwater, MN

Esther – MN

Sue – MN for mission work in Romania

Colman Lutheran Church – Colman, SD

Nancy – MO

Carla – MN

Dodie – MN

First United Methodist Church – Manistique, MI

Darlene – MN

Lakeview Covenant Church – Duluth, MN

Bill’s Sportsman’s Service – Aitkin, MN

Don – MN


I want to share this update on ‘Uncle Don’, our most treasured member of the CTW family.  You’ll remember that I did a story on him before, when we met at the local grocery store (click HERE to read Don’s story).  Since then, he’s moved from Brainerd to Little Falls, MN, returning to his roots and closer to his son.

He calls us from time to time, usually about every other month.  We chat for a few minutes, catching up on what’s new … and, then, it’s down to business.  The purpose of his call is always the same.  He needs crosses!!!  You see, since we met Don in 2015, he has made it his personal mission to touch as many people’s hearts as he can while bringing them closer to God, one cross at a time.

About two weeks ago, Ernie and I trekked down to Little Falls with another stash of crosses.  Nothing special about our part of the visit … it was all about Don.  We just wanted to spend more time with him and experience the visual joy of how one person shares God’s love in such an unassuming way.

As Don simply tells it, he rides his motorized cart, fully equipped with His love (and our crosses), to the entrance of the Little Falls Care Center, (managed by St. Francis Health Service located in Morris, MN) every afternoon around 2 and sits at the front door for about an hour and a half.  During that time, no one can miss the dedicated ‘official greeter’ with his warm smile.  Pleasantly, he asks the gentle question, ‘Would you like a cross?’ and THAT’S when the magic begins to happen as the cross passes from the cart’s basket to the hands of the eager recipient.  You can almost feel the electricity of God’s love as it dances across that invisible string from Don’s hands to the waiting heart!

Don interacts with staff and residents as well as cheerfully greeting visitors, handing out crosses the entire time.  Sometimes, there’s a birthday party or family reunion and the crosses bless many lives; other times, there is only one or two visitors who stop by.  But, it doesn’t make any difference … Don is always there, and his mission is gratefully being fulfilled.

We continue to marvel at his dedication.  He says giving the crosses away is something to do and they give him a daily purpose at this stage of his life.  But, we know it’s more monumental than that.  We know that God has chosen Don to be His beacon so others will come to know, as Don does, that God does love them and that He is their only needed solace.  God has awarded Don this irresistible, wonderful gift and he glows because of it.


We are just as drawn to Don now as we were when we first met in that grocery store 2 years ago.  Since that time, he has personally handed out over 2500 crosses, just within the two assisted living campuses he’s lived in!  Wow!!  Should we all say it together:  ‘When we grow up, we want to be just like Don’.  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world?!?! 

May God continue to richly bless our ‘Uncle Don’!



I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

– Mother Teresa


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!!!



Listen With The Ear Of Your Heart

God knows what pains us and what brings us pleasure. He has access to our deepest longings for significance. He observes our desire to be noticed, accepted, validated and loved.

But often God uses people to hear the cries of other people and respond with sincere love and care, to reach out and hearten another soul. If we will only learn to pay attention, to live alert. We can purpose to listen between the spoken words to understand what others are really feeling — and what they are trying to say. We reflect the love of Jesus as we seek to hear the heart-cries of another.

May we become skilled at tuning our ears to the heart-drops of those around us and then responding with a thoughtful gesture. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate gift. It can be a kindly spoken word. A handwritten note. A loving text or encouraging comment left on social media. A shared heart over a cup of coffee. A brief moment where we put ourselves to the side for a moment to pause. To notice. To respond. To echo God’s heart toward them.

Hearing a heart-drop is an art we must lovingly cultivate. It can lead to the most wonderful times of encouragement as we make it our habit to listen and to love.

(Proverbs 31 Ministries, March 13, 2017)



Sharing a couple of heart-full comments we received this month.

Pastor Pete from Arizona writes:

Blessings my friend! It was so nice to speak to you last week. I just got around to writing a check for $100 to Cross The World for 250 crosses. I have had a few of these in the past and given them out to my patients who are terminally ill. As a hospice chaplain, I can tell you when I hand them 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

And, from Beverly in Minnesota:

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.

Thank you, Pastor Pete and Beverly for writing us.  We love to hear, and share, your comments.  It makes Cross The World even more endearing to us and urges us to continue our ministry so more people can come to know God’s love, one cross at a time.



Our CTW family was VERY busy last month.  We welcomed new members and were happy to hear from the rest of the family too!!  Here’s who received our Pass-It-On crosses in April:

Patty – ND

Lighthouse of Faith Church – Memphis, MO

Cindy – TX

Nancy – MO

Immanuel Watson Parish – Boyd, MN

Avera Brady Health and Rehab – Mitchell, SD

Connie – MN

Beverly – MN

Brady – AK

New Hope Church – Kilauea, HI

Anointed Word Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Jane – KY

Geraldine – CA

Moore Ministry – St. Petersburg, FL

Birch Ridge Resort – Cass Lake, MN

Churches United – Bemidji, MN

Pastor Pete – AZ

First United Methodist Church of LaGrange – LaGrange, GA

Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN

Don – MN

Ron – MN

Carla – MN




Dear Heavenly Father,

With a sober heart, we come before You this Memorial Day.  We pause for a moment and call to mind all the men and women who have died in the service of our nation since 1776.

Dear God, please look with mercy on our brave and selfless sisters and brothers, who did not shirk from their task but gave themselves to the cause of defending and protecting us all.  Bless all who have given their lives for the sake of liberty, and grant them eternal rest with You.

We remember also our brave men and women now serving in our Armed Forces, both at home and abroad.  Dear God, send out your angels to protect them all.  Help them discharge their duties honorably and well.  Please bring them home safely to their families and loved ones.  Please bring your peace and mercy to our troubled world.

We ask this, Father, in the name of Jesus, Your Son.



Even when we cannot see the why and wherefore of God’s dealings,we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always.

– J.I. Packer



We’ve received so much feedback from our family this month that we just had to share the good news!!

Crosses were sent to our sister Kay in Monticello, MN who prepared them for their final destination in Guatemala through the HELPS International program.  Here’s what she had to say when they arrived:

God bless you and your ministry today and always!  To begin the Sabbath day, the Lord led my roommate to see a box sitting on the front step.  Here it was the box you sent full of your beautiful crosses.  Praises went heavenward for His goodness and mercy.  I dressed and went to church.  I was so thrilled to announce to the congregation that the crosses had arrived by angel express on a Sunday morning!!  God is so good and never late!

 I was able to set up a Monday morning appointment with the fellow who will hang the crosses on wire throughout my garage. He will spray them with a clear coat sealer.  On Friday, I am having 24 men, women and kids come to my house to make the necklaces for Guatemala.  On the next Monday, those necklaces will be packed with the medical equipment we will use on our mission trip (HELPS International).  It takes many days to pack the crosses and quilts along with the equipment into equipment bags.  Thank you, Jesus, for the timely arrival of the crosses. What a great and awesome God we serve!  Thank you again for answering the call to provide those beautiful wooden crosses.  I look forward to meeting you one day in heaven and seeing the harvest of folks who were able to know the Way, the Truth and the Life because of your ministry.

 Kay also shared some photos of the work in progress, along with an additional note:

The group of 24 adults and children came to my house and created 300 cross necklaces in less than 3 hours.  Amazing!  I leave for Guatemala on March 17th and return on March 29th.  I will be with a “HELPS INTERNATIONAL” group of doctors and nurses.  We do over 150 operations that improve the lives of those involved.  Most of the group is from the St. Cloud, MN area.  This will be my 5th year of going.  What a blessing to be a blessing.  I will send you a report when I return.  God bless you and your Cross the World ministries. 





And, here’s a photo of the HELPS medical crew in Guatemala and a recap of their mission:

Our HELPS team had a very productive and successful week in Huehuetanago.  It is so amazing to be part of a wonderful group of dedicated people who gave of themselves and their expertise to make life better for so many deserving people.  We just completed 8 days of doing what we were each called to do—be the Lord’s hands and feet.  Over 100 surgical procedures were performed by skilled doctors and cared for by loving & caring nurses and helpers.  Thank yous given to the following:  all who came and gave of themselves in so many ways; to the men who came and installed stoves to make life safer and more productive for over 100 homes; to the expert cooks and their caring helpers for the delicious food; and to the many knowledgeable interpreters  who made it possible for us to communicate with the people of Guatemala.  Without all these wonderful people who gave of their time and talents, we never could have accomplished all we did this past week.  God bless you one and all.


Thank you, Kay, for sharing your journey with us.


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A beautiful note was received from Bill and Mary of Oakdale, MN.   Here’s what they had to say:

Thank you for your dedication to continue Harlow’s dream.  It is evident each of you also share his desire within your own heart as seen by your commitment to continue to tell the world of our Savior’s love.  My husband and I received five crosses (one for each of our family members) from a man who works in a prison in the TC area (possibly as a probation officer).  He was attending the “God Is Not Dead” film in the same theater that we were viewing it.  At the end of the movie, he had a bag filled with crosses that he was offering to anyone who wished to take one or more.  He was open to answering questions or listening to people’s stories also.

We have not forgotten this man, but sadly we lost his number due to a phone changeover, and we never had the opportunity to connect with him again as we had intended to do later.  We know this sounds like an unusual request, really more like asking for a miracle, but if by chance you know this man, you are welcome to forward our information to him, so maybe we can reconnect.  Your ministry has been known to experience miracles!

The words attached to ‘your’ cross hold great promises which we have claimed over the years, especially after the death of our youngest son at seventeen.  We believe in its power and would like to make a donation to cover 100 crosses for others who may not have the funds to financially cover their order.  We pray that Harlow’s/your ministry continues to change hearts and lives by opening blinds eyes to the gift of Christ’s salvation, as well as encouraging believers to look to God’s constant provisions to us here and for eternity.

And, God provided the miracle!!  We remember well the gentleman Mary talked about and we remember his excitement about handing out our crosses not only at the ‘God Is Not Dead’ movie but also at a Newsboyz concert in the Bemidji, MN area.   We forwarded her note to him and his address to her; hopefully, a successful connection will be made!


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Kari from Sartell, MN was one of the missionaries who journeyed with others from The Waters Church in Sartell to LaLibertad, El Salvador.  She shared these thoughts and photos:

The crosses blessed children at an orphanage, a women’s center, a children’s cancer center and multiple local churches, along with the local people. The crosses brought immediate joy and opportunities to just love God’s children. Thank you, CTW, for the generous gift that is felt around the world!





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And, this from our sister Susan in Bullhead City, AZ:  She shared news about Buddy, the miner, who worships and winters in the AZ area (when he’s not in Alaska mining!).  Buddy is responsible for placing our crosses on the ‘Welcome to Oatman’ city sign and this is the note sent to ‘The Giver of Little Crosses, c/o Oatman NV Post Office, Oatman, NV’:

 Dear Giver of the Crosses:

 We drove through your rustic, inviting town in October as we traveled west on Route 66.  (It was one of the most beautiful, restful drives we’ve ever taken!).  As we entered Oatman, I happily noticed your gift crosses on their signboard.  It brought me joy to realize that at least one other fellow believer was quietly spreading truth and hope in your town.

 Several times since our trip, I’ve reflected on your giving heart that’s making a small but significant statement for the Gospel of Jesus.  You are a wonderful example of making the most of every opportunity.

 I look forward to meeting you one day!

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And, our family continued to grow in March.  Thank you to everyone for sharing God’s love through the cross:

Don – MN

Joplin Family Worship Center – Joplin, MO

Sandra – MN

Mt. Olive Lutheran Cursillo Community Parish – Lake Havasu City, AZ

Kay – MN

Kristy – TX

Avera Health – Sioux Falls, SD

Bob & Pam – WA

Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ

Phyllis – MN

God’s Country Cooperative Parish – Newberry, MI

Center of Hope – Sioux Falls, SD

Lighthouse of Faith Church – Memphis, MO

First United Methodist of LaGrange – LaGrange, GA

Dennis – IN for LAMP




The wood from this tree would splinter the hearts of men,

would cast a shadow of doubt over those who thought,

up ‘til now,

that the road to heaven was won by their own ‘good works’!

But, now, on this tree, hung the very Life, the Truth, the Way …

the only way to Heaven’s gate.

In awe, they gazed, amazed at Him.

He who gave His very life upon that tree …

for you … for me.

Sharon Lee Roberts