Christmas in July

Cross President Jim Cavnar handed out a special “cadeau” (Creole for ‘gift’)
Cross President Jim Cavnar handed out a special “cadeau” (Creole for ‘gift’)
To a child who has so very little, the gift of a cross with a personal message written by someone means a lot!
To a child who has so very little, the gift of a cross with a personal message written by someone means a lot!
A necklace from our recent cross necklace campaign.
A necklace from our recent cross necklace campaign.

It’s not Christmas yet, but children in Haiti received a shiny little gift last week thanks to loving Christians who participated in Cross International’s cross necklace campaign.

During my visit to Haiti last week, Cross President Jim Cavnar handed out a special “cadeau” (Creole for ‘gift’) to the children after their meal, which I shared earlier this week.

What’s the Cross International cross necklace campaign? We wanted to give our donors a chance to connect with a needy child in a special way and share the hope of Jesus’ unconditional love, by sending a cross necklace with a personalized message. Caring Christians from around the U.S. prayed for the children of Haiti, signed their name on the package, and returned them for us to distribute.

I was blessed to photograph the moment dozens of children opened the package containing the cross necklace. Their faces lit up as if they were in a room full of toys and presents on Christmas morning! Jim explained who the gift was from—Christians like you—and personally clasped a necklace around each child’s neck.

To a child who has so very little, the gift of a cross with a personal message written by someone who has prayed for them means a lot! It reminded me of the time I received a special cross plaque from my church family as a child—I still have it to this day. When you know you’re loved and supported by a family in Christ, whether it’s people in the pews with you or people praying for you in another country, it’s a powerful thing.

As I saw the children’s smiles, I knew it was a day they wouldn’t forget either.

-Stephanie J.

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