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

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 ...

Our Patron Saint

People wonder sometimes about the icon hanging on the wall of our conference room.  Its presence can be traced to our beginnings in 2001 when we started the custom of taking the first hour of the day for prayer and Bible study.  Soon there were ten of us gathered in the conference room every morning. ...

Tears of Joy in South Sudan

One of our directors, Mark Mosely, just returned from South Sudan. Mark oversees our procurement of donated goods and is involved in managing hundreds of overseas shipments each year, and he arrived back in the U.S. with great news about our recent emergency medical deliveries! But first, some background: The civil unrest that has shaken ...

Reliving Earthquake Traumas

When the devastating 7.0-magnitute earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, I was in the southern city of Les Cayes visiting a Cross project. There was a slight swaying of buildings and I remember wondering if it was worse elsewhere in the country. I’m a reluctant earthquake veteran – I’ve experienced several major quakes since I was ...

A Blessed Transformation in Haiti

14. April 2016 education, Haiti 0
  Just in the last decade, teacher Camineta Guillame has witnessed a transformation in the way Haitian students act.   Sometimes God’s revelations occur at the most unexpected times. I experienced one of those transformative moments on a recent mission trip in the Central Plains of Haiti. It was one of those rainy days, so ...

Heroes in Zone 18

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. – John 1:5 On my recent trip to Guatemala City, I learned firsthand what life is like for poor children from the toughest parts of town. Gang activity, domestic violence and extreme poverty are daily realities in the infamous area known as ...

You Are Loved

08. March 2016 women 0
As women, the challenge began with a serpent’s seemingly innocent question: “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden?’” Translation: “Eve, if God really loved you, why would he withhold something good from you? Do you have any real value to God?” While secular culture has doubled down on its ...