Ministering to the Poor

Welcome to our hands-on, non-profit ministry – Christian on a Mission – a vibrant and passionate organization, that prides itself on “boldly” walking the walk and speaking the truth – as well as feeding the hungry, protecting the unborn and defending the Church, among many things. We have been around since 2006 and we have stepped it up even more as of lately when it comes to protecting the unborn and defending the Holy Catholic Church – as anything that attacks our Mother Church, we are there in the front line, ready to do battle.

Christian on a Mission actually began “unofficially” in August, 2004, after Hurricane Charley devastated the west coast of Florida (Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and Arcadia), where we ministered to the hurricane victims after that devastating storm, mainly focusing on the Migrant workers of Arcadia. We officially incorporated as a “501C-3 in 2006 where our first mission trip was to the Third World country and third
poorest country in the western hemisphere, Nicaragua. We continue to work hand-in-hand with ORPHANetwork, out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, ministering to the Casa Bernabe Orphanage, as well as the other “5” orphanages that they oversee in Nicaragua. A few more trips followed where we donated over $20,000.00 in a couple of years in order to purchase ceiling fans, paint the orphanage, buy washing machines & dryers and to help feed the hungry orphans of this beautiful country…

Our next event was working with the “Wheelchair Foundation” and Chairman, Chris Lewis (Jerry Lewis’ son), where we donated $17,000.00 in order to buy a full container of state-of-the-art wheelchairs (110 wheelchairs) – and shipped them to the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, Guatemala. This wonderful program is helped run by the beloved Knights of Columbus, where I had first heard about the Wheelchair Foundation at a local Knights of Columbus meeting at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius of Loyola in 2008, when the late and great Tom Conroy shared the entire story with me and photo 2-17handed me an inspiring DVD about this mission.

 

Our next project was visiting the poorest country in the western hemisphere – Haiti – to work with the legendary missionary, medical doctor and Passionist priest from Connecticut, Father Rick Frechette, a true “living saint”. I took a couple of trips to Tabarre, Haiti to work with Father Rick before the devastating earthquake of January 20th, 2010 and another trip after the quake. We donated an entire warehouse full of relief supplies (bottled waters, canned foods, medical supplies, etc.), as well as $10,000.00 to their relief efforts after this disaster in this most desperate island nation. I will be heading back to Haiti some time after Hurricane season.

“Feeding the Hungry” is one of the most important elements of the Corporal Works of Mercy, which is basically the foundation of our ministry – ministering to the least of our brothers and sisters. We live by the phrase “Being your brother’s keeper”, as Matthew 25 is the one part of the Holy Scriptures that we model our ministry by. We chose to work with the three poorest countries in the western hemisphere for a reason as the most deplorable conditions in all three countries is beyond description.

The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40

GOD Bless Nicaragua, Guatemala and Haiti…

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The poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Nicaragua is also the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. As with most undeveloped countries, woman and children are the most severely effected.

  • A former NCAA Division I Basketball Official, Willy Guardiola poses with his team of orphan kids at Casa Bernabe.

    Distribution of income in Nicaragua is one of the most unequal on the globe.  The majority of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 per day and more than 800,000 live on less than $1 per day.

  • One third of Nicaraguan children has some degree of malnutrition.
  • Twenty five percent of Nicaraguan children are born to teenage mothers.
  • Less than thirty percent of all Nicaraguan children complete an elementary education, with the average education at just five years of formal education.
  • Only five percent of  all disabled children in the country receive adequate support.

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photo 3-11The northernmost of Central American countries, and the former hub of the lucrative Mayan civilization, poverty and inequality are now widespread and pervasive problems in Guatemala.  Earthquakes, dictators, civil disputes and leftist guerrillas are contributing factors in the dismal state of this predominantly Catholic country that is no bigger that the state of Pennsylvania.

  • More than fifty percent of the population lives below the poverty line, with fifteen percent living in extreme poverty.
  • Fifteen percent of infants suffer from low birth rate and fifty percent of all children are malnourished.
  • Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria
  • Twenty-five percent of children are unable to complete elementary school, with that rate increasing drastically after the sixth grade.

 

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Willy G in HaitiLess than 600 miles from the United States’ borders, the human suffering that persists in Haiti is unspeakable.  The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, hunger and poverty plague this nation that is unable to produce enough food crops and livestock to feed its people

  • Over 60% of Haiti’s food and livestock is imported from other countries.
  • Less than half of the population is literate.
  • Only about one in five children attend secondary school.
  • Less than 25% of the population has access to clean water.

A letter from Haiti

Orphaned Kids before EarthquakeDear Family & Friends:

Well, it is “Ground Hog Day” today, and it is kind a dreary out – not much of a shadow…not much light. Everything seems to be a bit “DARK & GLOOMY”. Not a good day for a Ground Hog…Not a Good Day for those trying to survive in HAITI. It has been exactly THREE WEEKS since the Earthquake hit, and the “Death, Devastation, & Despair” is hard to describe. Meeting & speaking to FATHER YVES this past weekend at St. Ignatius Church, and what he experienced there for ten days, is tough to handle. His stories of what he saw, first-hand, are difficult to picture, since I was with him in Haiti, a couple of months ago – staying at his Beloved Mother’s House, at the Seminary, at the Sisters of Immaculate Conception’s Convent, at the Cathedral for the Priest Ordination. So many of those places are no longer standing, and so many of those Seminarians that we met and were supposed to work with – are “STILL MISSING”. Hard to swallow, hard to believe…

JesusBehindWillyFATHER RICK: Yes, he was back on CNN yesterday afternoon – explaining how dire the situation is, and how many people he has ministered to – as a MISSIONARY, as a MEDICAL DOCTOR, as a PASSIONIST CATHOLIC PRIEST. He has already been featured on CNN a few times, as well as an incredible piece on “GOOD MORNING AMERICA”. Having spent “22 YEARS” in Haiti -working in the most deplorable and poverty-stricken areas – he is considered by Experts as the Most Influential Missionary in all of Haiti – and, this was before this horrific disaster!

PerformingafuneralWhat he has done the past three weeks (while having to fly to Connecticut, twice, to minister to his Beloved Mother – who passed away a week after the Earthquake hit) – is beyond words. He and his Team of Doctors & Medical Experts have not stopped since January 12th – working out of his beloved ST. DAMIEN HOSPITAL – outside of Port-au-Prince. They have saved HUNDREDS of LIVES so far!!…and this TEAM continues to work around the clock – while having to sleep on the “Roof” of the Hospital – on a concrete slab, under the stars. (I actually spent the night there one time – on the roof – a few months ago, only because it was so beautiful & serene, sleeping under an incredible full moon.). Today, it is not that beautiful & serene…it is “Dark & Gloomy”…

Jesus said: “Be careful.  Don’t think these little children are worth nothing.I tell you that they have angels in Heaven who are always with my Father in Heaven.”
Matthew 18:10-11