Since White Cross has been a designated ministry of International Ministries and American Baptist Home Mission Societies, the PNW Region Board has voted to no longer have a Coordinator of White Cross on the Board. If your AMW Ministries group would like to continue this vital ministry, you can still do so.
If you have White Cross questions? Contact Zofia Dripps in International Ministries (email@example.com or 610-768-2311) or Kadia Edwards in American Baptist Home Mission t(Kadia.Edwards@abhms.org or 610-768-2449).
White Cross is a program through which American Baptists provide needed supplies to diversified ministries within the mission program of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and International Ministries. It is essential to the support of the work of both American Baptist Home Mission Societies and International Ministries. It is the joining of mission center workers with local church workers in a united ministry and it is an avenue whereby we as Christians can show our interest in and love for persons of all races and nationalities.
White Cross dates back to April 1919 when women in Ohio organized a mission society called the White Cross Service League. Later that year, both International Ministries and AB Home Mission Societies adopted the White Cross Service program and decided to unite the efforts while keeping two divisions, “overland” and “overseas.”
Through International Ministries, Overseas White Cross supports the work of our missionaries and our mission partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, the Philippines, and Thailand as they serve in programs of education, evangelism, community service, and medical care. White Cross also goes to support missions in Myanmar, Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Chile, Cuba, Panama, Republic of Georgia, Liberia, Palestine, Romania, and Rwanda. Items requested through Overseas White Cross included roller bandages that are sent to the Congo as well as other hand made items and monetary gifts.
Through AB Home Mission Societies, Overland White Cross provides important aid to 60 authorized mission sites. These sites include children’s homes and Christian Center work in Alaska; ministries with Native Americans in Arizona, Nevada, Montana, and Oklahoma; Neighborhood Action Christian Centers in urban areas across the country; Race Track ministries; New Church Plants; Asian and Hispanic ministries with community outreach programs; and churches in Puerto Rico as well as a few caring ministry partners. Items requested through Overland White Cross include arts and crafts, school supplies, clothing, hand made items and monetary gifts.
White Cross brochures are available through International Ministries. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be found on American Baptist Churches' website or International Ministries' website.