I think the poor are the most grateful people I’ve ever encountered. Something as simple as a cup of clean drinkable water is celebrated! Poor families understand what it means to rely on God for their every need; and when he provides their daily bread, they praise him for his faithfulness. They don’t despair over what they don’t have – they rejoice over how God has blessed them!
This is a family. Every member of the family matters. Every person connected with Cross – whether staff, ministry partner or mission partner – is connected in Christ.
Going on a pilgrimage has a long and well-respected history in the history of many faiths. Followers of the world’s great religions have included pilgrimage as part of their spiritual disciplines.
As Cross Catholic Outreach’s Haiti Project Manager – and someone who has lived in Haiti for six years – it’s impossible for me to be objective about the impact of Hurricane Matthew. It’s been three months since the killer storm battered Haiti’s southern peninsula, and yet I feel the raw pain of the people as if it had all happened just yesterday.
It felt wrong to reach for my water bottle. The thirst was a perpetual itch just beyond hand’s reach. Throughout the week, we’d been traveling from one remote village to the next — each a nearly identical sprawl of thatched-roof houses, dirt paths and sun-scorched farmland.