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 ...

Which Man Are You?

01. November 2011 Uncategorized 0
“I want to share a story with you,” Pastor Carlos Vargas said yesterday on his visit with our staff. A long-time partner of Cross Catholic, Pastor Vargas is the founder of Esperanza de Vida (“Hope for Life”), a holistic ministry bringing food, medical care, and the hope of Christ to rural, mountain communities in northeastern ...

The underbelly of paradise

03. June 2011 Uncategorized 0
As your plane approaches the airstrip in St. Maarten – a small island 186 miles east of Puerto Rico – you get a clear view of luxury hotels with outdoor pools and gazebos overlooking the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. St. Maarten is a tourist attraction known for its hundreds of gourmet restaurants. But ...

Love is a verb

Why is it that every February 14, forgetful husbands rush to the store to buy flowers, chocolates, jewelry, stuffed animals, and anatomically incorrect hearts for their wives? Wouldn’t it be easier to just say, “Sorry, I forgot. But you know I still love you”? Their wives won’t care if they skip one Valentine’s Day. Right? ...

Rich Lesson Learned from the Poor

It is amazing to witness the incredible generosity of our Catholic brothers and sisters in developing countries. For example, Jim Kline, our Africa Projects Officer, recently returned from Ethiopia with a beautifully-woven basket. A very poor, single mom had given it to him. It was one of the very few things she owned, and she’d ...

From the Field: The day after the quake

Our Projects Officer Mike Henry, who has been updating us from the field since the earthquake shook Haiti Tuesday, sent us more news this afternoon. Below is an excerpt from his notes from the day after the earthquake: I woke up at dawn on Wednesday morning to the sound of helicopters flying over and thought, ...

Eye-Witness Account of Haiti Earthquake

Our Haiti Projects Officer Mike Henry was in our office in Port-au-Prince during the massive earthquake that shook Haiti Tuesday. Below is his first-hand account of the quake and the destruction it left behind: It started off as kind of soft shaking then really intensified. There was no way I could have gotten out of ...

2010 Housing Crisis

As we move into the New Year, media outlets have been a buzz with forecasts about the U.S. housing market in 2010. One Wall Street Journal article proclaimed that the future was “uncertain” with things unlikely to recover much this year. But the U.S. housing market isn’t the only one suffering. Worldwide — mainly in ...