Last week, when I walked into the nursery at St. Vincent de Paul Orphanage in Quito, Ecuador, a group of babies toddled towards me to check out my camera equipment. Just like other kids their age, they were curious about the world around them. They wanted to explore.
“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.
How do you entertain a houseful of physically and mentally disabled children in the Philippines? Answer: fill their days with music!
My name is Mwamba Mulenga. I am a double orphaned boy. This is how a letter began in a recent update from our ministry partners, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi. Cross Catholic helps the sisters run five free Catholic primary schools that serve severely impoverished children in Luanshya, Zambia, a destitute region decimated by the decline of the copper mining industry and the AIDS epidemic.
Having grown up on a ranch, I always keep an eye out for agriculture-related things while traveling. I think it’s amazing how God has given us the know-how to feed ourselves and that he’s tasked us with taking care of his beautiful creation and its creatures.
When I talk to nuns and priests overseas who spend their lives ministering to the poor, I often wonder what makes them tick.