JustFaith Ministries Immersion Trips
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, El Salvador, and Kenya, we will be accompanied by Maryknoll Lay Missioners to go beyond the boundaries of our own cultures.
Current Immersion Programs:
Cambodia is best known for the Angkorian temple complex, and for the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Sharing borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, Cambodia conjures up images of an ancient glorious past and a rich cultural heritage. Angkor Wat, built between the 9th and 13th centuries by Khmer kings, is a UN heritage site and one of the world’s most renowned ancient temple cities, drawing hordes of tourists from around the world.
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.
Your time in Cambodia will be focused on meeting and making friends with Cambodians. The trip will maintain a balance between learning and experiencing MKLM’s work in Cambodia and enjoying all the wonderful cultural opportunities that Cambodia has to offer. By accompanying the Maryknoll lay missioners in their daily ministries, you will gain unique insights into the culture, faith, and struggles of the people in Cambodia.
“Pole pole ndiyo mwendo.” “Slowly, slowly is the way we go.” For the Tanzania people, life is about relationships and being with people. Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) and JustFaith Ministries invite you to meet and spend time with the local people in the beautiful diverse Mwanza and the Serengeti region.
Tanzania is one of the oldest known human-inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating back over two million years. We know that humanity’s first footsteps were taken in East Africa and since then the people of this region have navigated a long, rich, often arduous road. Mwanza in Tanzania will serve as our home base. MKLM missioners will be our hosts and will guide us thru the varied cultures and traditions that make up the rich tapestry that is the Tanzanian culture.
Your 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.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners came to El Salvador over 25 years ago. MKLM invites you to visit base communities and MKLM projects that include a soy nutrition program, adult literacy, youth ministry, an indigenous art school, community and environmental development, health care, and agricultural work. Visit the Maryknoll martyrs’ site; the tomb of Archbishop Romero in the Cathedral of San Salvador, the Divine Providence Hospital grounds where he lived, and the chapel where he was assassinated; the UCA (Jesuit Central American University), and the Romero Center.
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.