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 ...

Faith to Transform Lives

25. October 2012 Africa, water 0
Last week Pope Benedict XVI began a new series of catecheses that will cover the Year of Faith, which he said is intended “to renew our enthusiasm at believing in Jesus Christ.” He went on to say this revival will, as a result, “bear concrete witness to the transforming power of the faith.” The Holy ...

Making a Splash

26. September 2012 Africa, water 0
These boys are making use of the new lavatory Cross Catholic funded for Vilaj Espwa (Hope Village), a home for orphaned and vulnerable children in Haiti. The facility replaced pit latrines that were ready to retire. Now the kids have running water, real toilets, and sinks for washing hands – like these boys are doing. ...

Nothing Is Impossible With God

07. August 2012 Latin America, water 0
Cross Catholic Outreach International Projects Officer Claudio Merisio recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where he shared in a joyful celebration with the residents of La Patilla. Why were these people celebrating? Thanks to Cross Catholic, through our ministry partner FUNDASEP, they recently received a new 15,000-gallon water tank that is bringing ...

The Gift of Water

17. April 2012 Africa, water 0
Last month I visited the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe of herders in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The trip was like stepping back in time. Though only a two-hour drive from cosmopolitan Nairobi, Maasai society is largely untouched by modernity. The people live in bomas, small huts made of dried mud, thatch and cow dung.  Their ...

To drink or not to drink

04. April 2012 water 0
When traveling in the developing world, the first rule you learn is “Don’t drink the water!” I can attest from personal experience that our pampered first-world immune systems don’t stand a chance against the parasites and bacteria that infest everything from drinking fountains to that bad piece of lettuce you ate for lunch. That’s why ...

Quenching Their Thirst

03. April 2012 water 0
God is doing great things in Nicaragua! Since last fall, 551 families have been rescued from chronic dehydration and the threat of waterborne illness – thanks to the tireless work of Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partner Amigos for Christ. And now, trenches are being dug and pipe is being laid so that hundreds more will ...

Black Friday in Nicaragua

13. December 2011 thank you, water 0
I don’t need to tell you about the Black Friday mayhem of crazed shoppers, big bargains, long check-out lines, and subsequent buyer’s remorse (or in my case, a quiet day at home putting up Christmas decorations). But there’s another Black Friday story you may not know. A story of Nicaraguan villagers turning on their water ...