Helen Keller once wrote, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Cross Catholic Outreach is working with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary to meet the needs of blind Vietnamese girls. Despite their disability, the girls are learning many ways to interact with each other, to enjoy life together and to contribute to their communities.
Confirmation of a student living at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary boarding house in M’Lon, Vietnam. Cross Catholic Outreach is helping cover expenses for food, board and tuition for Vietnamese girls who would otherwise be unable to go to school.
When we received the following letter from our ministry partner in the Philippines, it reminded me of the phrase “God’s hand working in your life.”
When America remembered the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last weekend, I recalled something a nun in Vietnam said to me several years ago. I had been shadowing her as she visited very poor children in rural areas, as well as children with AIDS, deaf children, and undocumented children of migrant workers who have the odds stacked against them from birth.
The handicapped Filipino girl glowed as she was brought out on stage in a little white dress and pink bow. People often talk about getting their “fifteen minutes of fame,” and this was hers.
It’s not often that I hear someone ask whether they should have flown west instead of east to visit our office. But when you live on the opposite side of the world, it’s a valid question. Cross Catholic partner Ruth Callanta stopped in this week to promote her Christ-centered approach to promoting economic development among the poor in the Philippines, and to thank us for our support.