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, ...

Hope Amidst Destruction

Our Haiti projects officer, Mike Henry, has been working diligently with other relief agencies over the last two days to bring aid to earthquake victims. Mike visited Leogane today, one of the worst hit areas just outside of Port-au-Prince, and he said almost nothing was left standing. Though it’s been very difficult the last few ...

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 ...

Feet on the Ground in Haiti

Haiti is still reeling from the devastating earthquake that shook much of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas to their foundations on Tuesday, but there is hope. People continued to gather in the streets of the capital today, singing hymns and offering prayers to God, as help began to arrive. We are distributing millions of meals ...

Devastating Earthquake: Haiti Needs Our Help

Reports have been trickling in all day from our staff and mission partners in Haiti. The devastation from yesterday’s 7.2-scale earthquake has been profound. “It looks like Dante’s Inferno. There are dead bodies everywhere,” said Mike Henry, our Haiti projects officer who is on the ground in Port-au-Prince today, working with our partners to bring ...

Hot dogs vs. moonwalks

What if Einstein never went to school but made a living running a hot dog stand instead of formulating new ways to ponder creation that earned him the Nobel Prize for Physics? Sound preposterous? Not so much, if he’d lived in Haiti, where a college education is about as attainable as a moonwalk. There, poor, ...

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 ...

New Years Resolutions of the Rich vs. Poor

There’s a unique difference between the prayers and goals of people in developed nations and those born into abject poverty: “I resolve to lose weight” vs. “I am going to trust God for a meal today.” “I resolve to live a healthier lifestyle” vs. “I pray that I might live long enough to raise my ...

God Bless You

During a recent staff gathering, Jim Cavnar, president of Cross International Catholic Outreach, gave a retrospective of 2009. We marveled at how God blessed our ministry, especially during these tough economic times. To-date, through the support of compassionate American Catholics, Cavnar announced we had shipped $150 million worth of much-needed goods, including food, medicines, and ...