Are you looking for ways to travel the world safely from your living room? Are you interested in hearing about what mission looks like during this time of COVID-19?
Karen Bortvedt Estrada is now hosting #MeetAMissionerMonday, a series of Facebook and YouTube Live conversations with Maryknoll lay missioners around the globe. Karen’s guests from around the world share their experiences from their pre-COVID and current ministries. Karen is a returned Maryknoll lay missioner herself (Class of 2013, Cambodia) and currently serves as the recruitment and relationship manager of Maryknoll Lay Missioners,
- Aug. 3 – Jill Foster, Jean Marie Vincent Agricultural Center, Gros Morne, Haiti
Here are links to previous episodes:
- July 27 – Loyce Veryser, Mwanza, Tanzania — high school math teacher
- July 20 – Gabe Hurrish, Juba, South Sudan — projects officer for Solidarity with South Sudan
- July 13, Mike Garr and Mohamed Abdalla, Mombasa, Kenya — vocational training in catering, challenges for young people, Christian-Muslim relations
- July 6, Fr. Charlie Dittmeier, Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme, Phnom Penh’s English-speaking Catholic Community
- June 29, Cortney Freshwater, Cochabamba, Bolivia — ministry with children with disabilities and with elderly women and men; COVID-19 food ministry.
- June 22, Dee Dungy, Nairobi Kenya — refugee advocacy with Jesuit Refugee Service.
- June 15, Heidi Cerneka, El Paso, Texas — immigration attorney for detained migrants at U.S.-Mexico border.
- June 8, Abby Belt, Gros Morne Haiti — continuing education for teachers, coaching and mentoring, Mercy Beyond Borders.
- June 1, Flávio Jose Rocha, João Pessoa, Brazil — holistic health, “Theater of the Oppressed” and environmental research and activism.
- May 25, Liz Mach, Musoma, Tanzania — longest-serving Maryknoll lay missioner; nurse in women’s health, women’s rights, fighting gender-based violence.
- May 18, Evey and Melissa Altman, San Salvador, El Salvador — mother and daughter; growing up in a missioner family, ACOMUJERZA women’s cooperative.
- May 11, Joanne Blaney, São Paulo, Brazil — restorative justice, popular education, base community with people experiencing homelessness.
- May 4, Anne Berry and George Stablein, Mwanza, Tanzania — missioner physicians in rural hospital.
- April 27, Kathy Bond, João Pessoa, Brazil — working with people who have experienced trauma; yoga, Shantala baby massage, women’s health and rights.
- April 20, Susan Nagele, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania — missioner-physician in East Africa for more than 33 years.