Weak, Hurting, Wasting Away…and Thankful

21. October 2015 Africa, Haiti, water 0
My recent bout of the stomach flu has made me grateful for some things: A comfortable bed. A toilet inside my home. Clean water when I’m dehydrated. Money for a doctor (and a vehicle to get to the clinic). Food to regain my strength. And of course, plenty of hygienic products to eradicate every last ...

Mission trip to Nicaragua

25. February 2014 children, water 0
Recently, when I was on a mission trip in Nicaragua, I was struck by how subdued all the little children were at each of my stops. I could certainly understand. After all, I would be intimidated if strangers walked into my village. But one would think you would still meet one or two outgoing kids. ...

Water Brings Forth New Life

20. June 2013 Africa, water 0
“It used to be very hard to get water. Without rain, we were traveling long distances and life was very difficult. Before, we used to take shifts at the water source because it would become so congested. People would come to use this one little tank and trough, arriving at 4 a.m. and continuing on ...

Clean Water, New Life

For 53-year-old Ana Curazo and her 8 children in Rancho Pando, Nicaragua, contaminated water is now a thing of the past! “We have suffered a lot because of the lack of water,” Ana said. “Now, that is just part of our history.”  Thanks to the Amigos for Christ water and sanitation project funded by Cross ...

A Season of Success

23. April 2013 Africa, water 0
I first met Janet Kisari last February on a visit to Ewuaso Kedong, an area in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley devastated by cyclical drought. As a widow, she was then struggling to support her five children. Due to the dry climate, she used to spend half of every day fetching water just to meet the ...

Count Your Blessings

On a recent trip to rural Haiti, I was inspired by the amazing work going on at the Kobonal Haiti Mission. One of the most memorable people I met was 62-year-old Adel St. Jacque. The first thing you notice about Adel is how thankful he is—for everything! I was privileged to spend a day riding ...

Photo Blog: Water to the Village of Rancho Pando

21. February 2013 thank you, water 0
We just received this update from Alvaro Ubilla, project manager for our ministry partner Amigos for Christ. With the help of Cross Catholic Outreach, thousands of people living in 14 rural Nicaraguan villages now have access to safe water. I came to work for Amigos for Christ because I loved the ministry. … God has ...

Water That Saves

18. December 2012 water 0
Meeting basic water needs was a near impossibility for families in Rinconcito, a poor community in a remote, rural region of the Dominican Republic. Villagers only had three options—and all of them were unpleasant. They could draw from a hand-pump well that delivered salty water; they could spend half a day walking to a distant, ...

Give Thanks

27. November 2012 Africa, water 0
Many of us spent this past Thanksgiving weekend enjoying special moments with family and friends. And whether your favorite part of the holiday was the abundant feast or the day of football, Thanksgiving universally represents a time to celebrate God’s blessings and his faithful provision. This year as I recounted my blessings, my mind kept ...