Jean-Marie Vianney: A priest’s priest

Would you believe the patron saint of priests was a man of average intelligence who struggled with his Latin studies, failed his pre-seminary exam, and was sent home from school and told never to return? Recently, during morning devotions, our staff talked about the life of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, in honor of his feast day ...

A rich man’s change of heart

Though we evaluate our work in terms of the benefit to the poor, the fact is that our projects also have an incredible impact on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to charity and self-sacrifice. One person who comes to mind is Bobby Rodrigo. He is a resource general director with Gawad ...

The gift of music, hope

There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The following story — from an Ethiopian ministry we support in Addis Ababa — shows the wisdom of this principle in action: When the ...

A new leg, lease on life

Every few months we receive updates on the projects we support from our partners in the field. The following is an uplifting success story we recently received from a project in Zambia: Agness Nayame, the youngest of six, was born with a congenital deformity on her left leg. The 12-year-old’s father passed away when she ...

A mother’s dying wish

One of the most-quoted parts of scripture is the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Here we are given a picture of what Christ means when he commands us to “love our neighbor” (Luke 10:27). This story is especially relevant for charities like ours who grapple with the logistics and practicality of meeting ...

Grounded in Lima

Claudio, one of our project officers, just got back from Peru last week, and apparently it was an unusual trip — unusual because transportation workers went on strike shortly after he arrived in Lima. Public transportation came to a halt, and protesters were hurling rocks at cars, which made it quite nerve-wracking for Claudio to ...

Shadowing an ‘Angel’ at a Filipino Jail

Jesus tells us to visit those who are in prison, and one day we shadowed someone who takes that command to heart: Sister Lianne Rainville with the Daughters of Wisdom. She’s been visiting female inmates in Manila, Philippines for about 16 years. Two to three times a week she goes to a “holding facility.” That’s ...

A new home for family of AIDS orphans

Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. The reality of this statement hit our Africa project officer, Jim Kline, during his recent trip to visit the projects we support there. He described it this way: “The extent of the AIDS pandemic in Africa is kind ...