Renewed Hope

29. December 2011 Africa, children 0
With the New Year just around the corner, many of us in the U.S. will be making our lists of New Year’s resolutions. As I contemplate my future hopes to work harder, give more, and worry less, I can’t help but think about a mother and son in rural Ethiopia that showed me what I ...

Merry Christmas from Reencontro!

On a recent visit to one of our ministry partners in Mozambique, Reencontro, our Africa Projects Officer received a letter of thanks that seemed very fitting to share with you during this Advent season. It’s from 17-year-old Carolina, a girl caring for her siblings after their parents passed away. Carolina’s life was dramatically transformed because ...

A Cardboard Crib

08. December 2011 children, Christmas 0
The Christmas tree was lit. The angels were dressed in white and gold. And the nervous laughter of my students filled the air as they waited for their parents and friends to find their seats. As the lights dimmed, I quickly placed the hay in the cardboard manger and prompted the kids to take their ...

A Long Journey

It’s December in South Florida. That means blue skies, slightly cooler temperatures, and an influx of tourists escaping the bitter cold up north.  That also means more traffic. This morning on my way to work at Cross Catholic, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated at the busy roadways. But then I remembered a story of ...

A Letter of Thanks

30. November 2011 children, education 0
I hope all of you enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Keeping with the spirit of gratitude, I would like to share a heartwarming letter of thanks from a student in Ecuador who was rescued from the streets by our partner Chicos de la Calle (Children of the Street). Please be blessed as you hear from ...

Songs of peace

10. November 2011 children, orphanage 0
How do you entertain a houseful of physically and mentally disabled children in the Philippines? Answer: fill their days with music! One of our Cross Catholic project officers put himself in harm’s way (accidentally laying down on an anthill) to capture this photo of Sister Venice singing with the kids at Queen of Peace Children’s ...

Valuable in God’s Eyes

03. November 2011 Africa, children 0
Yesterday morning, Cross Catholic staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from her recent trip to Malawi. Tara’s mission reports are always great, but I had a unique interest in this one. I spent nearly two years in Malawi as a middle school teacher and I love hearing about our ...

A Peaceful Oasis for At-Risk Girls

18. October 2011 children, Haiti 0
During my recent trip to Haiti, I had the privilege of spending a breezy morning at Bethsaide Children’s Center in the seaside town of Jacmel. At Bethsaide, the love of Christ is palpable. This Cross Catholic-supported project provides a temporary home for seven girls from troubled, desperately poor families. In an area decimated by rising ...

Made in God’s Image

13. October 2011 Africa, children 0
In a few words, Sr. Emma says it all: “God is marvelous. That is what I see when I look at the children.” I think that’s exactly what Jesus sees too – the handiwork of God -when he looks at the faces of the children at the Chisombezi Deaf-Blind Center in Malawi. What a stark ...

Lessons learned

11. October 2011 children 0
The mood was joyful, but the message sobering, as the kids at the Tete Center for Vulnerable Children & Adults welcomed Cross Catholic with music, dancing and drama. The topic: child trafficking. This wasn’t the “don’t talk to strangers” lecture that we got when we were kids. In Mozambique, the threat to children is far ...