Grandma’s faith

Learning life lessons from Cambodia’s elders By Hang Tran There are a few fishing communities along the Basaac River. Depending on traffic, it takes about an hour by car from Phnom Penh to the vicinity, then another 10 to 15 minutes by boat to cross the river to reach the other shore. In one of these communities, about five years...
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The torturous Tombura road

Traveling South Sudanese style is nothing for the faint-hearted  By Gabe Hurrish I am beginning my 27th year living outside the United States and my 11th year living in Africa. In all those years I have seen some rather isolated places and traveled some pretty rough roads but I have never experienced the torture of the Tombura road. I cannot...
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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 love 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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A canga special

Kathy Bond makes new friends in João Pessoa, Brazil. By Kathy Bond After eight years in São Paulo, our family recently returned to João Pessoa, a coastal capital at the most eastern point of the Americas, to reopen the presence of Maryknoll Lay Missioners here. In order to reconnect with partners and explore ministry possibilities, my husband, Flávio, and I are...
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New border ministry helps migrants and asylum seekers

Heidi Cerneka begins work as immigration attorney in El Paso At the beginning of January, Maryknoll Lay Missioners opened a new mission site at the U.S.-Mexico border. Heidi Cerneka has begun to serve as an immigration attorney with community agencies in El Paso, Texas. Heidi became a Maryknoll lay missioner 23 years ago and has previously served in prison ministry...
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All our children

Anne Berry reflects on the Tanzanian value of extending compassion and care beyond the nuclear family By Dr. Anne Berry I listened as Mama Catherine, the experienced and capable operating room nurse, discussed cancer of the cervix with our next client. She explained to the middle-aged woman sitting in a wooden chair in our small cervical cancer screening room that...
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‘Joining hands’ to end human trafficking

In Cambodia, Lay Missioner James Havey and the Chab Dai Coalition fight human trafficking and empower its survivors By Carolyn Trumble Lita carefully traces daisies on the cake she is preparing for her client in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is grateful for the work she has and the skill she has gained as a pastry chef. But her life has...
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