The Christmas tree was lit. The angels were dressed in white and gold. And the nervous laughter of my students filled the air as they waited for their parents and friends to find their seats.
As the lights dimmed, I quickly placed the hay in the cardboard manger and prompted the kids to take their places—it was time to start. Helping my students with their parts in the annual Christmas play was one of my favorite memories from my time spent as a teacher in Malawi. A very talkative Joseph, an over-zealous wise man, and a crying baby Jesus in a makeshift manger still make me smile today.
I was recently reminded of that special scene as I read a report from Cross Catholic’s ministry partner Esperanza de Vida in Guatemala. But sadly, the context was quite different.
Little Diego entered the world crying, hungry, and alone. Like the baby Jesus in the Christmas play, his bed was made of cardboard. The difference is, he did not return to the warm arms of his parents once the curtains fell. Instead, he was abandoned, loosely wrapped in threadbare cloth, and left in a trash heap in a cardboard box.
Diego’s first days of life are a stark contrast to the love and cheer most of us experience during the holidays. But thanks to compassionate Catholics through Cross Catholic, this is not where his story ends. Once Esperanza de Vida heard about Diego’s plight, they rescued him and provided him with Cross Catholic-supplied food and medical care. Because of the nutrition and kindness he is receiving, today Diego is a happy, healthy infant, who is growing up in the loving arms of a Catholic community.
Thank you to our wonderful supporters! Because of you, Diego is a true Christmas miracle!