Reflections on a Nicaraguan School

15. September 2015 children, Ecuador 0
A couple of weeks ago, as I attended my fourth-grade son’s open house, I marveled at how much technology even young children have at their disposal. Each classroom was wired, linked, looped and interfaced in every way possible. And this was at an elementary school! I compared this to my experiences traveling in the developing ...

An Astonishing Thing to Behold

09. September 2015 Priests & Nuns 0
It was one of those images you never forget – a lone priest riding a donkey, traveling from house to house to carry out the Lord’s work. I was in the Dominican Republic, helping our Goods-In-Kind partner, Fundación Ciento Por Uno, deliver food to the poor in the remote Azua province – a long 3-hour ...

When the Poor Help the Poor

21. August 2015 housing, poverty 0
It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to someone who is always giving to others. An example I’d like to spotlight is Alina Previlda. The 50-year-old Haitian woman lives in a rural community where we support a Catholic mission led by Father Glenn Meaux. Alina and her husband are humble farmers leading ...

The Feast Day of St. John Vianney

Today we celebrate the feast of St. John Vianney, also known as the Cure’ of Ars. His era was not unlike our own.  There was much confusion about life, greed, and a seeming lack of caring for truth and justice. Ordained a diocesan priest, John Vianney looked forward with hope to better days for the ...

The Feast Day of St. Ignatius Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491, one of thirteen children in a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. He grew up at a time of great adventurers like Christopher Columbus and dreamed of gaining fame in battle, so he joined the army of Spain to do just that. When Ignatius was severely wounded ...

Am I Listening?

Majestic mountains lined our views on the bumpy trek back to the mission grounds after a long day in the field. The sky created a peach-blue haze around the peaks, like a watercolor painting hanging over the isolated villages in Zacapa. I suppose there’s a juxtaposition there. I was taken aback by the beauty of ...

St. Thomas the Apostle – Patron Saint of India

Early Patristic literature and Christian tradition speak of St. Thomas the Apostle bringing the Christian faith to India.  According to these writers, he landed at the port of Mylapore and baptized several Jewish converts there.  Kerala, the most Christian part of India, claims him as the Apostle who first preached the good news to the ...

All Things Through Christ

One rainy day in Belize, I found myself in the front seat of a pickup truck driving down a creek that had once been a road. The driver assured me the engine wouldn’t stall, but I wasn’t convinced. As we slowly made our way through three feet of water, I prayed I wouldn’t need to ...

The science is in: anti-poverty programs work!

We love supporting programs that lift the poor out of poverty. The theory is: give a man a fishing rod instead of a fish, and he’ll be equipped to feed himself. You’ll have supported real, lasting change. The logic seems sound, and we have a plethora of anecdotal evidence from our overseas ministry partners to ...