Safari! Mikumi National Park and God’s Majesty on Display: #CRSMedia #Tanzania Mission

Tanzania Journal

When we awoke on Thursday morning in Njombe after having spent the prior day with the soybean farmers of Chengena, I felt–for a moment–like I was back in Fresno. Making my way to our hotel’s restaurant for breakfast, I marveled at the dense layer of fog hanging around me. The air had a brisk feel [Read More...]

CRS Rice Bowl and the Soybean Farmers of Chengena Village: #CRSMedia #Tanzania Mission

Tanzania Journal

Little luxuries such as Internet connectivity, a hot running shower, and clean fresh drinking water have definitely been put into their proper perspective the past two days here in Tanzania. But among the amazing thing I’ve learned this week is the fact that every small “sacrifice” is made in exchange for countless blessings. So I’m [Read More...]

Mass, Mango Avacado Smoothies, SILC and Soybeans: #CRSMedia #Tanzania Tuesday Mission

Tanzania Journal

Last night, I drifted off to sleep under a billowy white mosquito net and had my first full night of sleep since last Friday in Portland. Tired enough that the five lizards sharing my room weren’t even on my mental radar, I slept like a log for eight delicious hours. About the time that my [Read More...]

Ocean Views, Prop Plane Panoramas and Plenty of People Watching: #CRSMedia #Tanzania Monday Mission

It’s truly hard to say where “today” began and ended. After spending the bulk of the weekend in transit, this was our first full day in Tanzania for our #CRSMedia Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Mission. As a reminder, along with Tom Price and Susan Walters of CRS, my friends on this trip are Matt [Read More...]

Every Life Is A Gift: #MarchForLife2015 — Sweet Tweets for 01/23/15

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This was a terrific week for Catholic news watchers! From Pope Francis’ journey to the Philippines (and yes, “bunny-gate” to) to the March for Life, there was so much to view, engage in, and discuss. I have to say that one of my favorite bits of news was the announcement of Blessed Junipero Serra’s upcoming [Read More...]

From Rice Bowls Boxes to Soybean Fields: #CRSMedia Mission to Tanzania Begins Tomorrow!

1,800 Rice Bowls--Ready to Change Some Lives! Image by Lisa M. Hendey

By this time tomorrow, I will have begun the first leg of my adventure to Tanzania. My first flight, to Seattle, leaves early tomorrow morning. I’m overcompensating on my departure from home to try to beat Fresno’s famous fog. God willing, I’ll have a bit of time to goof off in the Emerald City before [Read More...]

Sr. Caroline Advises Me on Catholic Life in Tanzania in Anticipation of #CRSMedia Mission

Sr.  Caroline, Mercyline, Edreen, Rose Mary and Emmanuela - Photo courtesy of Sr. Caroline, Paulines Africa

On my “to do” list today are things like “learn how to say ‘please’ in Kiswahili” and “buy heavy duty bug spray”. Yes, our Tanzania mission with Catholic Relief Services is only days away! To help with my preparations, I reached out to Sr. Caroline Njeru a Daughter of St. Paul currently serving the Church in Dar [Read More...]

Discern, Decide, Do–Your Yes for 2015: Day 15


Welcome to Day 15 of our “Your Yes for 2015″ Adventure. If you’re joining us today for the first time, find the index of all of the days here. Wow! Seriously, wow! When we embarked on this fifteen day challenge on January 5th, I had no idea what I was really doing. In all honesty, [Read More...]

Filming Inside the Vatican Library–Insights from 60 Minutes

By xiquinhosilva from Cacau [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I’m tardy sharing this, but I found this video from 60 Minutes Overtime to be fascinating. It profiles the efforts of CBS Producer Sabina Castelfranco to film at the Vatican. If you’re into Church and the media, you’ll want to enjoy this four-minute inside perspective. Learn more here. Image Link [Read more...]

Gospel Inspiration for Your Yes–Your Yes for 2015: Day 14


Welcome to Day 14 of our “Your Yes for 2015″ Adventure. If you’re joining us today for the first time, find the index of all of the days here. I’ve been praying for the past few days about how I would round out our fifteen day challenge. We’ve done a lot of work over the [Read More...]