After seven years as a nurse in the Philippines, Myrna did not feel fulfilled. Something was missing. She asked the Lord for direction. Should she get married and start a family? Or should she become a nun?
Sr. Marge loves to see little children enjoying their lunch at the Lady of the Star Nursery in the Philippines. These children come from extremely destitute families and begin preschool gravely malnourished. Throughout the year, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary not only provide early education and a hearty meal, but they also treat many of the children for TB.
We just received a heartwarming letter from our long-time ministry partner Mother Joan Clare, director of Queen of Peace Children’s Home in the Philippines. Cross Catholic Outreach helps Mother Joan Clare and the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor provide protection, love and care to orphaned and vulnerable children in desperate need.
Visiting Friendship Home for the first time, you’d think the children at this Catholic after-school program were relatively well-off. They seem bright, lively, well-fed, courteous and disciplined.
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.”
Although leprosy may have been nearly eradicated from Filipino society, its stigma remains. Now referred to by its medical name, Hansen’s Disease, it still affects a group of Filipinos, many of whom live in Tala – a location designated as a ‘leper colony’ in the past.