Pray for Haiti

In September – literally two days before Hurricane Matthew devastated the southern peninsula of Haiti – I was in the country for the dedication of two schools. Sadly, one of those missions was damaged by the storm. Just two months have passed since Matthew made landfall, and already the news media has moved on.  This ...

Heaven’s Heroes

28. October 2016 Uncategorized 0
Our culture is obsessed with the superhero narrative, and to be honest, I too have wished that Superman, Batman, or Captain America would get involved in some of our current events. Even though Superman does not soar into our lives to save us from burning buildings, I’m convinced we live among different heroes. These are ...

Love that Heals

11. October 2016 Uncategorized 0
On my recent visit to Meru, Kenya, I met Father Francis, a diocesan priest who has been called by God to rescue hundreds of orphans and street children. After spending only a few minutes with Fr. Francis, it was easy to see what made him successful.  Behind a wide smile and gregarious personality, I discovered ...

Labor and Delivery in Chamilala

On a recent Cross Catholic Outreach trip, I had the opportunity to share time with 20 incredibly brave mothers in the diocese’s impoverished Chamilala Valley area, where childbirth is a fearful, often tragic experience.   It struck me as ironic, coming from the U.S., where the sanctity of life in the womb is so often questioned.  ...

CROSS CATHOLIC OUTREACH RESPONDS TO BELIZE HURRICANE

12. August 2016 Disaster Relief 0
Floods and high winds impacted ministry partners and left many poor families in need of aid Immediately after Hurricane Earl swept across Belize on August 4, our staff mobilized to help, working with our in-country parish partners to target aid to those in greatest need.  Our mission team flew to key areas and reported flooded ...

Freedom from Poverty in Jamaica

29. July 2016 poverty, women 0
    “You don’t know how good you have it!” my mother would say when I refused finish the piece of chicken on my plate. It was an argument we had throughout my childhood. Once I saw a vein or accidentally ate a piece of fat, I threw a fit.  Dinner was over. She commanded ...

A Place to be Loved: St. Ann’s Orphanage

I recently returned from Guyana, where I visited Sr. Leonie and the spunky group of girls living at St. Ann’s Orphanage in the capitol city of Georgetown. At the home, orphaned, abandoned or displaced girls are educated, cared for, and raised in the Catholic faith. At the orphanage, girls who have experienced pain and rejection ...

Best Friends

When we dropped in on the children eating lunch at the Misioneros del Camino orphanage in Guatemala, we captured a precious moment: a 1-and-half year old in a highchair reaching for the hand of the child in the highchair beside her. The child on the left is Azucena, a girl who was brought to the ...

Doing Church in Cuilapa, Guatemala

30. June 2016 Uncategorized 0
Cuilapa is a town for the ears. A town of dogs barking, roosters crowing, horns blasting, fireworks bursting, loudspeakers blasting, and upbeat music pumping. It’s also a town of bells—great brass bells that ring loud and long and joyous as street vendors close their food stands and evening draws near. The cacophonous alarm, sounded by ...