Martin Burt is the former mayor of Asuncion, Paraguay, where one-third of the population lives below the poverty line. He recognizes that poverty is a complex, multi-layered and multi-generational problem – not only an issue of income. With this in mind, he has devoted his life to identifying specific areas of need (health, housing, education, etc.) and empowering poor families to improve their lives. Click here for the story.
How Cross International is making an Impact
Like Burt, Cross International believes in promoting human dignity. Countries and cultures vary, but all people possess God-given value, as well as inherent gifts and talents. That’s why we support partners who empower impoverished peoples, restore their dignity and help them develop their abilities. For example, Rainbow Network in Nicaragua addresses needs such as housing and food, and they also provide microloans that allow poor families to earn a living and improve their situations. Such programs do not provide temporary fixes, but they equip the poor to step into the healthy, fruitful lives that God has prepared for them.