A Challenge to do “40 Days of Good”

20. March 2017 Uncategorized 0
On Tuesday evening, I set out on the same route home I drive every day – a left, a right, another right and on to the highway.   But as I pass a warehouse I’ve seen thousands of other times on my daily drive home, the routine of my life is thrown off track; the bubble ...

Reliving Earthquake Traumas

When the devastating 7.0-magnitute earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, I was in the southern city of Les Cayes visiting a Cross project. There was a slight swaying of buildings and I remember wondering if it was worse elsewhere in the country. I’m a reluctant earthquake veteran – I’ve experienced several major quakes since I was ...

Welcoming the Orphan

07. May 2013 Uncategorized 0
At the age of 13, Raul Mamani could barely write his own name. His mother was deceased, his father had abandoned him at a hotel, and he had spent much of his life up to this point working in the fields instead of studying. That was then. This is now: a smiling, hopeful young man ...

Filling Empty Stomachs

When I was in Haiti last week, I got to see firsthand the impact the food is making on children at the four of the 18 Divine Shelter Schools (DSS). As I spoke with 2nd grade teacher Bobo Jean Bernard, he explained, “The food we get from Cross International is very important—some students only get ...

Child Rescued from the Streets

By the time 9-year-old Arsenio was brought to Kaibigan Community Center, a shelter and ministry for homeless “street-dwellers” in Manila Philippines, he’d already been a runaway since age 6. He’d spent most of the last three years begging with a group of street-kids. A Kaibigan staff member rescued him from the streets and reunited him ...

Love is a verb

Why is it that every February 14, forgetful husbands rush to the store to buy flowers, chocolates, jewelry, stuffed animals, and anatomically incorrect hearts for their wives? Wouldn’t it be easier to just say, “Sorry, I forgot. But you know I still love you”? Their wives won’t care if they skip one Valentine’s Day. Right? ...

Growing up fast in Guatemala

Mention the phrase “teenage boys,” and the first synonym to pop up in many people’s minds is “trouble.” They think of irresponsible youths playing computer games when they should be studying for a test, or doing donuts in the school parking lot to impress a pretty girl. But a Guatemalan boy named Jeremiah – one ...