Staggering levels of gang violence in parts of Central America are causing a refugee crisis reminiscent of the civil wars that plagued the region in the 1980s. United Nations officials who are aware of the situation are particularly concerned about the fate of women and children who are forced to choose between fleeing their countries or staying at the risk of gang recruitment, sexual and gender-based violence and murder. Click here for the story.
How Cross International is making an impact
In Guatemala City, Casa de Vida is bringing hope to women and children who’ve suffered unimaginable abuse at the hands of husbands and male relatives. Casa Bernabe takes in orphaned, abandoned and abused children, giving them the educational and emotional support they need to thrive. In Nicaragua, the Rainbow Network feeding centers provides meals for hungry children. Without the nutritional support, children are more likely to drop out of school and become susceptible to using gang activity or the drug trade – instead of education – as a path to economic security. The individuals transformed by these ministries bear witness of the Gospel’s power to mend broken hearts, save lives and break the cycle of violence.