To drink or not to drink

04. April 2012 water 0
When traveling in the developing world, the first rule you learn is “Don’t drink the water!” I can attest from personal experience that our pampered first-world immune systems don’t stand a chance against the parasites and bacteria that infest everything from drinking fountains to that bad piece of lettuce you ate for lunch. That’s why ...

Quenching Their Thirst

03. April 2012 water 0
God is doing great things in Nicaragua! Since last fall, 551 families have been rescued from chronic dehydration and the threat of waterborne illness – thanks to the tireless work of Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partner Amigos for Christ. And now, trenches are being dug and pipe is being laid so that hundreds more will ...

Serving in the field

07. March 2012 field report, Haiti 0
Cross Catholic Outreach staff members were recently blessed with an opportunity to work alongside Father Glenn Meaux in Kobonal Haiti, distributing food to elderly villagers. That morning, some of the villagers had walked from miles away to receive their monthly supply, which they rely on for their basic nutritional needs. As each beneficiary stepped to ...

Love for all God’s precious children

14. February 2012 children 0
Mary, the Filipino girl in this photo, is deaf and blind, but she compensates for her handicap with an acute sense of smell. She often uses this special ability to track down Mother Joan Clare when the elderly nun is out of hand’s reach. As soon as Mary finds her, she tugs on her, signaling ...

Serving Kenyan Mothers and Infants

26. January 2012 children 0
The baby in this photo was the first child to be born at the new St. Raphael maternity ward in Matisi Village, Kenya. Appropriately, his mother chose to name him Raphael! Cross Catholic funded the construction of the maternity ward because of the urgent need for better care for infants and mothers. Kenya has high ...

Changing hearts in the Philippines

17. January 2012 housing 0
Whenever I see the results of Cross Catholic’s Gawad Kalinga house construction projects in the Philippines, my first thought is, “Wow! This used to be a slum?” The newness, the cleanliness, the bright, cheerful colors are a visual repudiation of poverty. This is the tangible part of ministry. It’s also, in some respects, the easy ...

Thank You from the Philippines

10. January 2012 thank you 0
Cross Catholic has been working with Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines to transform the slums of metro Manila into thriving communities. The difference is like night and day, and you can see the change not only in the landscape but also in the hearts and minds of the families who now have so much hope. ...