When I was preparing to take my first trip as a Cross Catholic staff writer, I expected to encounter poverty in developing nations. I did not immediately consider the joy that I would find thriving, even in the most challenging regions of the earth.
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.
Mary, the Filipino girl in this photo, is deaf and blind, but she compensates for her handicap with an acute sense of smell. She often uses this special ability to track down Mother Joan Clare when the elderly nun is out of hand’s reach.
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.
It’s always amazing to me when I see evidence of how Cross Catholic-supported ministries are having a positive impact on people’s lives all around the world. Seeing that impact firsthand in the field is a blessing, a blessing I want to share with you through the story of a young man I met in Mozambique.