A small gesture with a big impact

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference. We’d been traveling from house to house in rural Guatemala, meeting beneficiaries of a community-wide water project, when we met Sebastian Set. This young father, along with his wife and four children, beamed with joy and gratitude as they sat with us in their home ...

My Encounter With a Champion

27. April 2017 From the Field 0
As I stood at the back of this humble chapel, taking in this amazing moment, one particular child attracted my attention. He had one blind and clouded eye — but the other had a gleam in it. One of his ears was missing, but the other hung on to every word the priest said. His ...

I loved my new house. Then they showed me theirs…

18. April 2017 From the Field 0
In January, my family achieved a life goal. We bought our first house. After months of web searches and house-of-horror viewings, the century-old, brick house seemed to descend out of the mists of paradise. Sized right and priced right for raising our four children, it felt like a miracle.Two weeks after moving into this dream ...

Haitians Eating Dirt to Fill Their Bellies

01. February 2017 From the Field 4
I had heard about hungry Haitian children eating mud cookies to fill their empty bellies but I had never actually seen mud cookies with my own eyes — until I traveled to the slums of Ouanaminthe, located on Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic. I was on a mission trip, walking the streets in this ...

Going to Battle for Our Partners

18. January 2017 From the Field 0
As Cross Catholic Outreach’s Haiti Project  Manager – and someone who has lived in Haiti for six years – it’s impossible for me to be objective about the impact of Hurricane Matthew. It’s been three months since the killer storm battered Haiti’s southern peninsula, and yet I feel the raw pain of the people as ...

Christ the Hope of the Rich and Poor

27. December 2016 From the Field 0
It felt wrong to reach for my water bottle. The thirst was a perpetual itch just beyond hand’s reach. Throughout the week, we’d been traveling from one remote village to the next — each a nearly identical sprawl of thatched-roof houses, dirt paths and sun-scorched farmland. We were here to meet families in urgent need ...

Living Water for the People of Lodwar

16. December 2016 From the Field 0
On my recent visit to Kenya, I was blessed to go to the Diocese of Lodwar, home of the Turkana people, to attend a blessing ceremony of a well. Lodwar is in northwestern Kenya, and the climate there is hot and extremely arid.  The Turkana people are seminomadic pastoralists who travel from place to place ...

Pray for Haiti

29. November 2016 From the Field 0
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 ...

Divine Appointments

30. October 2016 From the Field 0
On my first trip to the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima, I had no idea what God had in store for me. My simple intent was to learn more about a disaster relief project we’d collaborated on with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. But God was working behind the scenes to accomplish something much ...