Giving God the Glory

A few of our staff members recently visited China to see how we could expand our outreach there. During their trip, they met with a ministry called China Little Flower, which is run by Nebraskan-born Catholic Brent Johnson. The ministry operates five homes around Beijing for premature babies and critically-ill children who were abandoned or ...

Fixing a Broken Heart

13. November 2009 medical 0
Nguyen was dying. She had a congenital heart valve defect that was slowly getting worse. The 36-year-old widow could no longer work as a day laborer in the rice and coffee fields of southern Vietnam. Without a job she had no way to support herself and her 10-year-old daughter, so she moved back in with ...

A Unifying Experience

Here at Cross Catholic we do many things to foster the “spirit of unity” Paul talks about in Romans 15:5 that is so crucial for successful works of charity in Christ’s name. Our daily staff devotional time is just one example of our unity-building activities. Recently, we extended this idea to some of our ministry ...

Field Notes: Reflections on Kenya

Tuesday I traveled into Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The trip was long as the roads were typical of what one sees outside most city limits…the last five miles on tracks that picked through the arid landscape. This area has been severely affected by an ongoing drought. Everyone seemed to be pleased that it had been ...

Rescued from Slavery

Working with the poor, we often hear a lot of heartbreaking stories from the countries we serve. One of our project officers recently commented that sometimes it feels like there are more needs than we could ever possibly meet. What gives him hope are the success stories of people whose lives are changed through our ...

Ethiopian Drought: 6.2 million lives at risk

Back in the 1980s, constant media coverage made “famine” a virtual synonym for “Ethiopia.” But the root issues were never entirely resolved, and now a new drought is underway, and many families in rural villages are reliving the nightmare. The combination of dry weather, high food prices, and inadequate farming techniques has forced the Ethiopian ...

The Harsh Reality of AIDS

“There are three ways to get AIDS: From your mom, from blood, and from unprotected sex. I got it from my mom,” said 12-year-old Farah, matter-of-factly—over the radio airwaves. Farah is an orphaned resident of The Rainbow House, an orphanage we support for AIDS affected children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. An only child, her mother died ...

Catholic Schools: a safe haven for neglected children

Poverty is more than just an economic issue. Take, for instance, 11-year-old Caroline and her two older sisters, Jovias and Scovia. The three Ugandan siblings lived alone in the crumbling ruins of a once-decent house built by their father, whose alcoholism has led to much grief for the whole family. In 2003, the girls’ parents ...