Hurricane Matthew brought 145 mph winds, torrential rains and devastation to Haiti assuring a long season of recovery and rebuilding for one of the world’s poorest countries. More than ever, this year the children of that beleaguered nation who live in dire poverty—as well as the Dominican Republic—need the spiritual and emotional blessing the Box of Joy Christmas initiative will bring.
For most of us, spiritual thirst is the only dire thirst we will ever know. We may experience physical thirst temporarily, but the constant lack of access to clean water that will bring us life and relief and physical hope and possibility? We will likely never know that kind of thirst. Colleen C. Mitchell shows how you can help those without access to clean drinking water.
Making a radical leap of faith, Colleen Mitchell packed her family’s belongings and necessities into 12 suitcases, embarking “sight unseen on a journey of redemption” to the poorest area of Costa Rica, unsure of what lay before them. Judy Klein tells the story.
Christopher Zehnder of Homeschool Connections explains the reasons students need to learn about the missionary history of California. As we look forward to the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra later this year, this is a timely and fascinating topic.
Marianna Bartholomew reminds us of the sacrifice that missionaries make for each of us. When missionaries visit our churches to tell their stories, let’s listen, learn, introduce ourselves to them personally, keep them in our daily prayers, and respond to financial needs generously.
The final stop in Kirk Whitney’s Year of Faith series takes him to Santa Barbara. Be sure to also enter a giveaway of prints of his beautiful pictures.