It is easy to give to those you love . . .

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Mike Garr in Kenya reflects on loving one’s neighbor. “For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners loves those who love them.” (Luke 6:32) by Mike Garr I vividly remember my parents regularly preparing food for families from our small town in Michigan who were suffering from an illness or death....
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A true gift

Maria Montello publishes children’s book in Cambodia In an effort to raise consciousness in Cambodia about the gifts of children with disabilities, Maria Montello has translated and published a story she wrote some time ago called The Gift. It is beautifully illustrated with watercolors by Cambodian Huyno El and was published in both Khmer and English by Jesuit Service Cambodia....
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Feb. 3 is Scout Sunday

Scouting prepared James Havey for a life of service—and adventure Halfway around the world, James Havey puts what he has learned in scouting to good use. Havey, who became an Eagle Scout in October 2004, has been working as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since 2013. He is currently helping Cambodian children and adult survivors of human...
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We give thanks for Rehema

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Susan Carpenter writes from Mwanza, Tanzania: As we near the celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we remember with special gratitude the life of Rehema Nyorobi. Rehema recently passed away after a brief illness at age 50. Thankfully her children are being well cared for by other family members. Rehema had a way of uplifting the lives of all...
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Good news in South Sudan

In the midst of war and suffering, a lay missioner reflects on the hope he sees in the good people of South Sudan. By Gabe Hurrish YAMBIO, South Sudan — So much of the news in South Sudan has to deal with the problems this young country is facing. We hear of the constant and unremitting fighting going on all over...
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Maurice Emuria

Story by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Russ Brine. I am assigned to the St. John Bosco Children’s Centre in the East African country of Kenya, where I have served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner since 2001. The Centre is a project for street children. When the Centre celebrated its twentieth anniversary, it was quite an event. The Bishop of the local...
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Unto Us A Child Is Given

By Maryknoll Lay Missioner Joanne Miya It was the day before we would close for the Christmas Holiday. Deo, a husband and father, who is HIV positive and the leader of his village’s support group, came to our office with a child to be registered. With him was Janet. It was hard to believe that she was already ten years...
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The Magic of Cultural Exchange

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Nancy Davies When serving in a foreign country, we as Maryknoll Lay Missioners are sensitive to respecting the culture of the local people. We are also open to learning about their customs and way of living. As I work here in Cambodia, I am surprised to find that the Cambodians are just as curious and...
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Understanding the African Culture

Written by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Richard Ross At the Lubango Center where I work, in the hills of Mwanza, Tanzania, I try to help keep the complex clean. Most of the garbage we generate is burned; there are not many, if any, garbage collection services. Now Tanzania does use marabou storks to process garbage by cleaning areas via their ingestion...
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