New Faith Lessons Waiting to Be Discovered in Colombia



I’m very excited to share some special news today with our readers: I will be bringing all of you along with me on my next adventure with Catholic Relief Services in January.

Our destination? Colombia!

Over the past few years, it’s been a true joy to have you travel with me on #CRSMedia missions to Rwanda and Tanzania. The purpose of these trips is to share the work that Catholic Relief Services is doing in various countries around the world and to invite you to be a part of this mission. In Colombia, we will witness firsthand what our CRS Rice Bowl contributions can accomplish around the world.

For the next several weeks, I will be preparing for this mission by learning more about Colombia, trying to pick up a bit of Spanish, and educating myself on CRS’s work in this part of the world. For those who know me well, you won’t be surprised to hear that visiting the coffee-rich region of Nariño, in southwest Colombia is a dream come true!

Approximately 50 million people reside in Colombia. In this part of the world, CRS is involved in many programming areas:

On my past #CRSMedia trips, I’ve learned that traveling to these places so distant from my own home has taught me incredible faith lessons. I could never have imagined the new perspective I would gain on forgiveness and reconciliation before studying CRS’s post-genocide work in Rwanda. In the soybean fields of Tanzania, my eyes and heart were opened in new ways to the dignity of work and the critical importance of empowering people to create sustainable financial models for themselves and their communities. It never fails to surprise me that in going into new realms, we discover some of life’s most universal truths. I embark on this adventure confident that the families of Colombia will no doubt have so much to teach me through their stories.

I’m very excited to bring you along on this trip with me. Be sure to watch here on the blog for my Colombia Journal entries and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to experience the fun. My fellow travelers will be announced soon too so keep an eye out for #CRSMedia in your favorite social media spots to take this mission with us!

Next week, I’ll also be announcing a second, very exciting trip that I’ll be taking in February, so stay tuned for that announcement coming soon! In the mean time please join me in praying through the intercession of Colombia’s patrons Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, St. Louis Bertrand, and St. Peter Claver for the success and safety of our journey.

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Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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