JustFaith Ministries Immersion Trips

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In partnership with JustFaith Ministries (JFM), Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) invites JFM graduates to experience a spiritual journey into compassion and an immersion into the lives, culture, faith, and history of the people we serve. This is an extraordinary invitation to you to witness mission ministries that respond to basic needs and help to create a more just and compassionate world.

JustFaith Ministries Immersion Trips are centered in the radical encounter with “the other” and with God as God is expressed not only in our own traditions, but in the sacred stories, traditions, history, and culture of other peoples. As we enter the lives of the people of Cambodia, Bolivia and El Salvador, we will be accompanied by Maryknoll Lay Missioners to go beyond the boundaries of our own cultures.

Current Immersion Programs:

CAMBODIA

Soak soabp buy chee uh tay?” – Are you well and happy?

MONKS20170330_132645croppedMaryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) with these words of greeting of the Cambodian people welcomes you to the ancient culture of Cambodia – its natural wonders, its people and history.

Cambodia is an agricultural country; 80% of the population lives in small towns and villages. The people are burdened with the legacy of decades of conflict, and are still struggling to recover from more than 30 years of war and unrest, including the devastation resulting from the Vietnam War and the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that followed.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners, as well as members of the broader Maryknoll Community in Cambodia, will be our hosts on this exciting trip. Since 1989, the Maryknoll community has worked with Cambodians in ministries related to health care, social services, and education.

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BOLIVIA

¡Aski jutawi jilatanaka kullakanaka!” Bienvenido, Bienvenida a Bolivia! – Welcome to Bolivia!

BOLIVIA2017_8562Maryknoll Lay Missioners invites you to visit our work in Bolivia, one of the most impoverished nations in the western hemisphere. While visiting around the City of Cochabamba, you will have the unique opportunity to meet with church workers, community leaders and social activists.

You will explore important themes such as immigration, use of natural resources like water, and the empowerment of historically marginalized sectors of society such as indigenous persons and women. You will also learn about the history of mission to the Bolivian people and have opportunities for Catholic and inter-religious prayer and reflection with Maryknoll Lay Missioners and the entire Maryknoll community.

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EL SALVADOR

Bienvenido, Bienvenida a El Salvador!” – Welcome to El Salvador!

ES2017_3463491Your time in El Salvador will be focused on meeting and making friends with Salvadorans. You will be introduced to some of this country’s current political and social realities. You will learn about Salvadoran culture, faith, and history. By accompanying Maryknoll Lay Missioners in their daily ministries, you will gain unique insights into the contemporary struggles and solidarity of the people of El Salvador.

Meet with Salvadorans to learn about their daily lives, their faith, their hopes, and their challenges, and participate in their local liturgical celebrations. Enjoy traditional Salvadoran food, music, and dance, and experience the beauty of the beach at Costa del Sol.

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