Cross Catholic Outreach sponsored a pilgrimage to Rome for a small group of committed donors. Such an experience of the Universal Church has a strong spiritual impact and strengthens donors’ commitment to the works of mercy, promoted by the Holy Father and the Church.
In 2017, donors who made the pilgrimage enjoyed special encounters, including an audience with the Holy Father, a private visit to the Sistine Chapel and a tour of the Scavi excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica. They also enjoyed a meeting with Cardinal Turkson, of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, with which Cross Catholic Outreach partners.
After the pilgrimage, the donor group adopted a large water project in Kenya, supported by Cross Catholic Outreach’s partner, Father Fabian Hevi, SMA, in Lodwar, where years of drought have brought dire conditions to his people.
The donors sponsored gatherings in their homes or social halls to spread the good work of the ministry.
Richard and Donna Helffrich sponsored a gathering at their church and hall. Mitchell and Jennifer Hentkowski donated funds and shipping containers of tin. Fred and Terri Wehling hosted a gathering in their home and brought Fr. Fabian in from Kenya to speak to the group about the importance of the wells.
Since the drought was so bad, most of the shallower wells have run dry, but those wells dug by Cross Catholic Outreach are over 200 meters deep and bring sustainable water to the people. These wells mean that the people do not have to spend all day looking for dirty water and then collecting it and transporting it to their homes. Because of the wells, the children can return to school, since they do not have to spend the day looking for water.
These wells have been a blessing to the Turkana people. Likewise, the commitment from the donor group is a blessing. We thank the Lord for the rich blessings we are sharing with the Turkana people and the amazing work of Fr. Fabian.