I never grow tired of hearing stories about God rescuing his people from lives of despair and poverty, and when I heard the story of 14-year-old Tania Rui in Mozambique, I knew God had saved her for an incredible purpose.
Can you imagine being a kid with no dreams for the future? Last weekend, as I watched my little nephews pretend they were basketball stars during the final NBA playoff game, I couldn’t help but think of the hundreds of hopeless street children I met in Kitale, Kenya.
“I was begging on the streets because there was no food at home,” Edward Ekadeli remembered. He told me the story of his childhood as we sat together beneath the hot African sun.
Yesterday morning, Cross Catholic staff listened as International Projects Officer Tara McKinney shared photos and stories from the recent vision trip she led to Mozambique. One of her co-travelers, Cross Catholic staff member Maria Aleman, joined her in person while the other, Monsignor Lambert Luna from St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, joined us over the phone.
Have you ever tried to carry a bundle of firewood on your head? Or balance a bucket of water?
You’d be surprised what a child – robbed of his parents by the AIDS pandemic and forced to fend for himself in a rural African village – can endure… I get a headache just from wearing a snug baseball cap, let alone using my skull as a transportation device! But you’d be surprised what a person can do when there are no other options.
Fellowship is a common theme throughout the Bible, particularly in the New Testament after Christ’s ascension into heaven as new believers joined together to form churches.