There are two questions that donors never tire of asking charities such as ours. How did you use my donation? Did it make a difference in anyone’s life? We are posting these stories to answer these questions. We think you will like them. They are short and personal. The settings range from the South Side of Chicago to the “hollers” of West Virginia to the poor neighborhoods of Kingston, Jamaica. In every case, your generous support enabled our missionaries to touch the lives of people with the love of God. Thank you!
A Story of Hope and Change
Our missionaries often work with those who are economically disadvantaged. All too often, regular employment is a challenge. For that reason, many missionaries have become adept at partnering with organizations who are equipped to provide job training. Fr. Bob Kelly, SVD at the former St. Elizabeth Church, now part of Our Lady of Africa, on the South Side of Chicago, is one such example.
A Story from Cross-cultural Training
One Saturday afternoon after Mass practice with the altar boys and girls, Seminarian Khanh Ha noticed that the children were not leaving to return home. When he asked why, the answer was disturbing.
Life in Bahia Negra, Paraguay Is Not Easy
From poisonous spiders and snakes to arid spring-to-fall heat to crushing poverty made worse by a corrupt government, life is not easy for the people of Bahia Negra, Paraguay nor for the Divine Word Missionaries who share in their existence.
Bringing Peace Through Prayer
When he saw a young man angry and seeking revenge after his brother was killed by rival gang members in front of his house, Brother Bernie knew he wanted to offer peace to this man and his family.
Job Training Can Make a Difference
Rodrigo Gomez grew up without a father. “Everything for me was kind of hard because I had to figure out stuff on my own.”
Feeding Hunger in West Virginia
The food pantry is open every Thursday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in West Virginia and on this particular Thursday, there is a long line. The need is especially acute.
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