Doing Church in Cuilapa, Guatemala

30. June 2016 From the Field 0
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 ...

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 From the Field 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 From the Field 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 ...

Creating change one student at a time

Creating change one student at a time
I recently met up with the Cross Catholic Outreach-sponsored students at the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), a university scholarship program for impoverished, high-achieving students throughout Haiti, and wow – this group is impressive. These committed students are all working toward their medical degrees at the University of Notre Dame (UNDH), the country’s only ...

Amigos for Christ

01. February 2016 From the Field 0
During recent Sunday morning breakfast, my mother said there were “some things” we needed to discuss. I put down my cereal spoon and sighed loudly. As she’s gotten older, the phrase “some things to discuss” has become a euphemism for “estate planning.” Seeing my lack of enthusiasm, my Mom quoted Ecclesiastes 7:11 – a tactic ...

The Moses Project

27. January 2016 From the Field 0
The Moses Project
The Moses Project, an outreach to at-risk children in Quito, Ecuador, never fails to amaze and inspire me with selfless approach to serving the poor. I’m especially in awe of project director Maria Belen Hinojosa, whose life is a testament to God’s promise to restore the brokenhearted. “This project is not only a blessing for ...

A Truly Joyful Christmas

22. December 2015 From the Field 0
We want to send a special thank you to all of you who helped make our 2015 Box of Joy outreach a tremendous success! The following video shows Cross Catholic staff and volunteers hard at work preparing the thousands of boxes for shipment to little children in need in Guatemala and Haiti. A shoebox of ...