HEALING

Approximately one-half of the world's population lives in rural areas, most of which lack trained health care workers. Globally, 400 million people lack access to one or more essential health services.


Three of the world's most fatal communicable diseases - malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis - disproportionately affect the world's poorest populations, placing a tremendous burden on the economies of developing countries.


These same diseases - along with pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and malnutrition - are the primary killers of children in the developing world. These children lack access to routine health services and immunizations, have diets insufficient in vitamin A and other essential micronutrients, and live in areas that allow pathogens to thrive.


In the next twenty years, 40 to 50 million new health care workers will need to be trained and deployed to rural populations to meet the ever increasing need.


HEAL THE SICK, RAISE THE DEAD, CLEANSE THOSE WHO HAVE LEPROSY, DRIVE OUT DEMONS. FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED; FREELY GIVE. (MATTHEW 10:8 NIV)


Each year, medical teams from La Croix travel to Haiti to serve at the Love+1 Medical Clinic, providing care to the children at Respire Haiti and their community.


What began as school physicals for 500-plus children has exponentially grown to include dental, vision, medical, physical therapy and palliative care.


In addition to providing care for those in Gressier, teams provide training to Haitian teachers and nurses to be able to respond to families in medical crises and ongoing disabilities.

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Water

Of the 7.1 billion people in the world, over 780 million people do not have access to clean water.


Every 90 seconds, a child dies due to water related illnesses.


Unclean drinking water kills over two million people each year - more than HIV and malaria combined.


Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection, often spending up to 6 hours each day collecting water.


A WELL PROVIDES SAFE DRINKING WATER TO A COMMUNITY, REDUCING INSTANCES OF PREVENTABLE DISEASES RELATED TO CONSUMING UNSAFE WATER. 


Since 2012, La Croix has partnered with the Mozambique Initiative to provide safe water for communities across Mozambique. Communities in need of a well are identified and the local Methodist church maintains the pump, thus uniting a community and pointing people to Jesus.


For an average of $12,000, a bore hole can be drilled and a manual well pump installed, bringing clean water to the community. Since the partnership began, La Croix has funded more than 36 wells across Mozambique, providing clean water for over 66,000 people.


Each year, the people of La Croix, through the Christmas Eve Offering, fund the completion of new wells in Mozambique.

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Orphan Care

FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS GOD OF GODS AND LORD OF LORDS, THE GREAT GOD, MIGHTY AND AWESOME, WHO SHOWS NO PARTIALITY AND ACCEPTS TO BRIBES. HE DEFENDS THE CAUSE OF THE FATHERLESS AND THE WIDOW, AND LOVES THE FOREIGNER RESIDING AMONG YOU, GIVING THEM FOOD AND CLOTHING. (DEUTERONOMY 10:17-18 NIV)


Globally, 132 million children are considered orphans - those who have lost one or both parents. Ninety-five percent of these children are over the age of five.


In the United States, there are over 415,000 children in foster care - 108,000 of which are waiting to be adopted into a loving and caring family.


WE ARE A CHURCH THAT CARES FOR ORPHANS THROUGH ADOPTION, FOSTER CARE AND GLOBAL ORPHAN ORGANIZATIONS. 


At New Life Children's Home in Guatemala, orphaned, abandoned, and abused children are given a safe home where their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. Special attention is given to introducing them to Jesus Christ, nurturing and discipling them in a deep relationship with him. For over a decade, La Croix has sent teams to Guatemala to share the love of Christ with the children.


in 2013, La Croix began partnering with Children's HopeChest to provide support and care for orphans and at risk children in Swaziland. At the Timbutini-Well of Hope CarePoint, over 200 sponsored children find refuge in a place where they are loved, fed, and discipled. Through this partnership, La Croix works with local leaders to transform their community and move people towards becoming self-supported.


Respire Haiti desires to encourage, educate and empower restaveks, orphans and vulnerable children in Gressier, Haiti. The needs of the students, teachers, staff, and community are met through education, discipleship, and medical care. With its network of medical professionals, La Croix partners with the Love+1 Medical Clinic to serve the medical needs of the children and community and support the staff and nurses.


h.o.w? Ministry works to improve the quality of life for women and children living in extreme poverty in Kenya. Widow learn crafts to support themselves and pay for their children's or grandchildren's food, clothing and education. 


Domestically, La Croix hosts foster and adoptive parent training classes led by Missouri Children's Division. Each class has seen increaasing numbers of families seeking certification to care for children in our own community.


EVERY CHILD IN NEED OF A FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE ADOPTED IF ONE FAMILY IN EVERY THREE CHURCHES ADOPTED A CHILD. 

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FOOD

Over 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. This means that each night, one-in-nine people go to bed hungry.


Malnutrition contributes to about one-third of all child deaths, and impairs healthy development and life-long productivity. The possibility that children will become seriously ill or die depends largely on whether their immune systems can fight off infections. Malnutrition, combined with unsanitary and crowded conditions, makes children extremely vulnerable.


Across the developing world, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry.


IF YOU SEE SOME BROTHER OR SISTER IN NEED AND HAVE THE MEANS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BUT TURN A COLD SHOULDER AND DO NOTHING, WHAT HAPPENS TO GOD'S LOVE? IT DISAPPEARS. AND YOU MADE IT DISAPPEAR. MY DEAR CHILDREN, LET'S NOT JUST TALK ABOUT LOVE; LET'S PRACTICE REAL LOVE. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE'LL KNOW WE'RE LIVING TRULY, LIVING IN GOD'S REALITY. (1 JOHN 3:17-18 MSG)


Every year in December, La Croix hosts a food packing event through Feed My Starving Children. Over the course of a weekend, volunteers from the church and across the community pack enough meals to feed over 2,500 children for an entire year.


Through the Christmas Eve Offering, MannaPack Rice meals identical to the ones packed are shipped to La Croix's partners in Swaziland and Haiti to feed children in need.


A MannaPack Rice meal is a nutritionally complete and culturally accepted meal that can change the course of a child's life.

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Making Disciples

AND THEN JESUS TOLD THEM, "YOU ARE TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE." (MARK 16:16 TLB)


The good news of Jesus Christ is for the all the world. The church is commissioned to share the Gospel and lead people to wholeheartedly follow Jesus as disciples in all nations.


Where is the name of Jesus unknown? Globally, 68% of the population does not know the love of Jesus. In Europe and the West, faith and church attendance is in decline.


Of the 16,400 people groups in the world, 6,600 are unreached. The majority of these are in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


THROUGH URBANIZATION, GOD IS DRAWING PEOPLE FROM EVERY NATION AND LANGUAGE TO CITIES WHERE THEY CAN BE REACHED BY THE GOSPEL. 


in 2015, La Croix assisted with the Global Leadership Summit in Mozambique, gathering leaders from around the country. By pouring into their spiritual and leadership development, our hope is to equip them to lead the church.


One of our partner churches is the Igrega Metodista de Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This young church is located near a slum with 10,000 residents. We are learning how to help them reach out in their community and minister to children and families.


In partnership with Children's HopeChest, La Croix supports the Swaziland Leadership Academy. Young adults who have grown up in a CarePoint are trained and equipped to return to their community to disciple and lead the children living there into a relationship with Jesus.

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