Improving Lives in Haiti

21. August 2014 children, education, Haiti 0
When Gertrude Cene’s stomach growls during class at nursing school, she recalls the blessings of the Kobonal Haiti Mission with a spirit of gratitude. Though she only attended the mission school for one year during her teens, she fondly remembers the way daily nutritious meals kept her satisfied and alert. Without a meal program, the ...

Haiti in the age of Pope Francis

19. May 2014 Faith, Haiti, The Pope 0
I recently met up with Father Glenn Meaux in central Haiti. After a whirlwind tour of the housing, water and education projects we’re supporting this year, I sat down for a final chat with this compassionate priest from Louisiana who has spent the last 25 years running the Kobonal Haiti Mission. I’d asked Fr. Meaux ...

Learning from the Poor

18. March 2014 Africa, education 0
When Pope Francis exhorts us to see the face of Jesus in the suffering poor, that doesn’t mean poverty automatically makes a person Christ-like. Even so, those who are lowly in the world’s eyes are often just the sort of people God uses to humble the high and mighty by demonstrating a life rich in ...

A Word for the New Year

03. January 2014 Africa, Haiti 0
What’s your “word” for the New Year? Did you know you’re supposed to have one? In keeping with the current trend of compressing every thought into a Twitter-sized soundbite, some have decided that traditional New Year’s resolutions just won’t do. Instead, you can opt for a New Year’s word. It’s a more abstract alternative, and ...

What if this had happened there?

09. July 2013 Haiti 0
A couple weeks ago, a motor-scooter accident I had on the way to the office gave me a new perspective on asphalt – a very, very close one. God spared me from serious injury, and I was able to pick up the bike and ride it the rest of the way to my destination, but ...

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

This Saturday is the feast day of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. God couldn’t have chosen a more diametrically opposed pair than these two men to lead his Church – Peter the rugged fisherman and Paul the learned scholar. Come to think of it, Jesus’ disciples seemed like a motley crew in general. ...

Praying for a Miracle

Two weeks ago, our Guatemala ministry partner Esperanza de Vida rescued a starving teenage girl named Mirza Lopez, who weighed in at a vanishingly small 19 pounds. That’s less than the size of my 7-month-old son! Mirza also suffers from paralysis as a result of contracting polio at a young age. She lost her mother ...