Into the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

25. October 2016 From the Field 0
Cross Catholic Outreach’s Haiti disaster response team is currently hard at work delivering meals and other crucially needed aid to survivors of Hurricane Matthew.   During its travels, the team has listened to firsthand accounts of that terrifying experience. One couple told how their house began to fall apart in the middle of the night. ...

Labor and Delivery in Chamilala

26. August 2016 From the Field 0
On a recent Cross Catholic Outreach trip, I had the opportunity to share time with 20 incredibly brave mothers in the diocese’s impoverished Chamilala Valley area, where childbirth is a fearful, often tragic experience.   It struck me as ironic, coming from the U.S., where the sanctity of life in the womb is so often questioned.  ...

CROSS CATHOLIC OUTREACH RESPONDS TO BELIZE HURRICANE

12. August 2016 From the Field 0
Floods and high winds impacted ministry partners and left many poor families in need of aid Immediately after Hurricane Earl swept across Belize on August 4, our staff mobilized to help, working with our in-country parish partners to target aid to those in greatest need.  Our mission team flew to key areas and reported flooded ...

Freedom from Poverty in Jamaica

    “You don’t know how good you have it!” my mother would say when I refused finish the piece of chicken on my plate. It was an argument we had throughout my childhood. Once I saw a vein or accidentally ate a piece of fat, I threw a fit.  Dinner was over. She commanded ...

A Place to be Loved: St. Ann’s Orphanage

I recently returned from Guyana, where I visited Sr. Leonie and the spunky group of girls living at St. Ann’s Orphanage in the capitol city of Georgetown. At the home, orphaned, abandoned or displaced girls are educated, cared for, and raised in the Catholic faith. At the orphanage, girls who have experienced pain and rejection ...

Best Friends

13. July 2016 From the Field 0
When we dropped in on the children eating lunch at the Misioneros del Camino orphanage in Guatemala, we captured a precious moment: a 1-and-half year old in a highchair reaching for the hand of the child in the highchair beside her. The child on the left is Azucena, a girl who was brought to the ...

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 ...