Human Services

Cross International Inc

  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • http://www.crossinternational.org

Mission Statement

MISSION
True change comes from within. Physical change is not complete without sharing the Gospel. In order to break the cycle of poverty, we must first start with the heart. This refers to the active combination of word and deed; “holistic ministry”. We must share the hope and good news of the Gospel alongside our social work in order to see the Holy Spirit’s transformative power. Neither side of our ministry is complete without the other. We must address both to see a true transformation and to end the plague of extreme poverty.

We are a Christian ministry that serves the poorest of the poor internationally by channeling aid through existing churches or church-based ministries, cost-effectively helping the poor while advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

VISION
We seek to reflect God's love for us in the way we treat others - not only with words of encouragement, but through practical actions which comfort, sustain and uplift those in greatest need.
The Scriptures clearly reveal this call to action, and its truth will be our guide (1 John 3:16, Isaiah 58:6-12, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts 2:40-47).

As believers in Christ's Gospel of mercy, we strive to bring God's promised salvation to men and women of every race, creed and walk of life. Jesus also taught that the needy are rich in faith - a gift which can bless the poor in spirit. Therefore, we seek to create an exchange of both material and spiritual sustenance between the Church in America and churches in developing countries.

In all things, we strive to glorify God, revealing His perfect grace to the world.



FAITH
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.


VALUES
We want to value what God values. We want to conform our heart and mind to the heart and mind of God. Consequently, we humbly seek to be guided by the following core values in our ministry and to constantly seek the wisdom of God to improve our understanding and implementation of these principles.

1. We seek to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, economic opportunities and other such blessings to the poorest of the poor.
2. We seek to help the poor in Jesus' name and for the glory of God.
3. We seek to give priority to those efforts which empower the local church and Christian ministries which help the poor and which are also dedicated to the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
4. We seek to give priority to those churches and ministries which employ a community-oriented strategy in helping the poor and which increase the self-sufficiency of the poor.
5. We seek to foster an exchange between the churches of the Developing World and the churches of the First World and demonstrate respect for the vision of the churches and ministries with which we work.
6. We seek to maintain a high standard of excellence in our work, not sacrificing the quality of our work for the sake of quantity. And we seek to operate with integrity and honesty in respect to our donors and co-laborers.

Main Programs

  1. Relief & Development Projects
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Between its development projects and humanitarian aid shipping, Cross is currently active in 30 countries. They are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Belize,
Bolivia,
China,
Colombia,
Dominican Republic,
Ecuador,
Ethiopia,
Guatemala,
Guyana,
Grenada,
Haiti,
Honduras,
India,
Jamaica,
Kenya,
Liberia,
Malawi,
Mozambique,
Nicaragua,
Peru,
Philippines,
Rwanda,
St. Martin,
Trinidad,
Uganda,
United States,
Vietnam,
Zambia.

ruling year

2001

President

Self-reported

Mr. James Cavnar

Keywords

Self-reported

Cross International, feed hungry,international disaster relief

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EIN

65-1086387

 Number

0350975056

Physical Address

600 SW Third Street Suite 2201

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Also Known As

Cross International

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (X12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Overview

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We seek to reflect God's love for us in the way we treat others -
not only with words of encouragement, but through practical actions
which comfort, sustain and uplift those in greatest need.

The
Scriptures clearly reveal this call to action, and its truth will be
our guide (1 John 3:16, Isaiah 58:6-12, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts 2:40-47).

As
believers in Christ's Gospel of mercy, we strive to bring God's
promised salvation to men and women of every race, creed and walk of
life. Jesus also taught that the needy are rich in faith - a gift which
can bless the poor in spirit. Therefore, we seek to create an exchange
of both material and spiritual sustenance between the Church in America
and churches in developing countries.

In all things, we strive to glorify God, revealing His perfect grace to the world.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Relief & Development Projects

Cross International serves the poor in more than 25 countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia – including Haiti, Mozambique and the Philippines. The organization provides resources to meet a wide variety of needs, including food, clothing, projects for safe water, medicines and medical equipment for clinics, materials for schools and self-help programs, houses for the homeless and micro-enterprise loans to promote self-sufficiency. Virtually all of these efforts are organized through Christian churches already in place overseas, which allows Cross International to offer one of the most cost effective charitable outreaches in the country. Since its inception, 95 percent or more of donations received are used for program services, with less than 5 percent used for administrative and fund-raising expenses. Cross is also noteworthy for offering donors opportunities to sponsor unique projects and urgent needs. The charity provides a project catalog of these needs on its website and donors who participate can use this process to fund efforts of many types in various countries. For example, an individual can sponsor the construction of a house for a group of AIDS orphans in a specific village in Africa or supply food to a specific school in Haiti or contribute to a medical outreach in the Philippines. Some projects are also seasonal or focused on special interest groups. For example, Cross International’s Harmony of Hearts program involves church worship teams and choirs in a music presentation that can benefit the poor overseas. Other programs are geared to church school use and highlight back-to-school programs, home building and other specific goals.  While Cross International has been recognized by the U.S. government for its effectiveness and professionalism, most of the funding for the charity’s programs come from U.S. Christians and U.S. churches seeking to sponsor specific projects that will have a direct and meaningful impact on the poor.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Between its development projects and humanitarian aid shipping, Cross is currently active in 30 countries. They are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Belize,
Bolivia,
China,
Colombia,
Dominican Republic,
Ecuador,
Ethiopia,
Guatemala,
Guyana,
Grenada,
Haiti,
Honduras,
India,
Jamaica,
Kenya,
Liberia,
Malawi,
Mozambique,
Nicaragua,
Peru,
Philippines,
Rwanda,
St. Martin,
Trinidad,
Uganda,
United States,
Vietnam,
Zambia.

Funding Needs

Funding is needed at various levels from $10 up to $250,000 or more depending on the project type and objectives.  Every contribution, large or small can have a significant benefit to the poor.

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Cross International Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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President

Mr. James Cavnar

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bob Hodgdon

President of Hodgdon Powder Co.

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