A Meal Can Be a Miracle

With Christmas coming, many of us are looking forward to celebrating our Savior’s birth and enjoying large feasts with family and friends. Sadly, for many poor families in Guatemala who struggle to put food on the table, holding a Christmas feast will be impossible. Still, there is hope. You can deliver a miracle this year by providing nutritious food to needy families, ensuring this is a Christmas they will never forget.

Our goal is to supply over 1 million protein-rich meals to families suffering from malnutrition through our partnership with the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu in southern Guatemala. In addition to providing this food for immediate needs, your gift will also bless families for years to come by supporting an agricultural program that will enable them to grow their own food more effectively.

Food and nutrition are only the beginning of the transformational mission we want to undertake in the diocese. Your support will also share the love of Christ by helping provide safe water, medicine and sturdy homes to poor families in developing countries around the world. Be someone’s miracle this Christmas season! Bless the poor in Guatemala and around the world!

Poverty in Guatemala

Malnutrition and Unsafe Housing

In Guatemala, nearly 60% of people live in poverty, with two-thirds of the population struggling to survive on less than $2 a day. (CIA World Factbook and World Food Programme)

Mired in this poverty, nearly half of children under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth, and families live in crumbling homes cobbled together with scraps of metal, mud and sticks. They suffer for lack of quality health care too. Medicines and treatments are either inaccessible or unaffordable, leaving families to face serious medical problems without proper care.

Sadly, these same hardships plague poor families in other developing countries around the world as well. They also lack food, clean water, safe shelter, educational opportunities and basic health care.

Fortunately, there is hope. Your support can make a difference and put the Corporal Works of Mercy into action. Be a miracle for poor families in Guatemala and around the world!

Meet Our Ministry Partner

Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu

The Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu is sharing the love of Christ with poor families. Bishop Pablo Vizcaíno Prado believes in meeting both the material and spiritual needs of poor families, empowering them to develop closer relationships with the Lord while helping them escape the generational cycle of poverty.

With the support of dedicated Catholics like you, the diocese is meeting immediate needs such as food, safe shelter and clean water, and making investments in lives for the future, through academic scholarships and agricultural training. With your help, we can meet needs while equipping families for the future!

How Your Generosity Will Change Lives

Your Support Will Answer Prayers

The Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu has a long-term goal of transforming Guatemalan communities through practical support rooted in Catholic spiritual values. Your support will provide food, safe shelter, agricultural support, education and the love of Christ in Guatemala and in developing countries around the world. Here are a few of the ways your gift will make a difference.


Your support will provide over 1 million protein-rich Vitafood meals in Guatemala.


The diocese is building 64 sturdy concrete homes for families living in mud and stick homes.


Your support will provide agriculture training, seeds, fruit trees and farming supplies.

With your help, we can bring food, shelter and agricultural empowerment to families in Guatemala and around the world. Give now and be someone’s miracle!

The Alvarez Family Needs a Miracle

Nilson and Deini Alvarez pray daily for God to meet their needs. As subsistence farmers, Nilson and Deini can barely grow enough food to support themselves and can never afford to build a secure home. But that hasn’t stopped them from praying to God for help, and their hope in the Lord remains strong.

“We ask God to send people with good hearts,” Nilson said.

You can be an answer to prayers of families like the Alvarezes by providing nutritious meals and safe shelter. Give now and be someone’s miracle!

A family stands in their home with a dirt floor and sun pouring through the walls.
The Alvarez family stands in their small home. You can bring them the miracles of nutritious food and safe shelter!

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Cross Mission Partners receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

* Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, and South America.

Thank You for Your Special Commitment to Serving the Poor!

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.

What Is Your Legacy Mission?

When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come. Create Your Legacy!