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Mark Huntington’s Overseas Training in Mozambique

Overseas Training in Mozambique by Mark Huntington I am currently in formation as a Maryknoll Brother on the Overseas Training Program (O.T.P.) in Metangula, Mozambique. I see my ministry as working with African communities at the grassroots level dealing with faith and health issues. My experience and learnings while working as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya, as well as recently completing a Masters in Public Health has been good preparation for ministry in Mozambique. I am involved in administration of health posts in the parish and assisting local hospital staff in vaccinating people in the rural villages. I also work with our parish team to implement the Lichinga Dioceses program to combat AIDS. We work with youth and adults...

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Joe Healey and the Mission Awareness Committee

MAC Promotes Missionary Spirit by Joseph Healey MAC is the Mission Awareness Committee of the Religious Superiors Association of Tanzania (RSAT), started in 1987. It has members from missionary-oriented societies and congregations in Tanzania, with a wide variety of people interested in "Ad Gentes" mission, including priests, sisters, brothers and lay people. Ed Hayes helped start the committee. Presently John Sivalon is the contact person with RSAT and John Waldrep and Joe Healey (chairperson and half-time coordinator) assist the group.[catlist categorypage="yes"]

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Peter Agnone’s Home for Street Children in Nairobi

Ukweli Home of Hope by Peter Agnone When Kids say "Hodi" (knock, knock) ... We say "Karibu" (welcome) The Ukweli Home of Hope Project was established in 1995 to serve the needs of poor street children in Nairobi. The Project includes a small home for boys and a daytime drop-in center; they receive guidance and counseling, food, shelter, education and a sense of hope for their future. MISSION The Ukweli Home of Hope is our response to the call of Jesus... "let the little children come unto me". We provide love and care to street boys recognizing their value and the importance of becoming self-sufficient; we also support the value of family in their lives and make every effort to...

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Loren Beaudry’s Rescue Center for Street Children in Mombasa

A Rescue Program for Street Children by Loren Beaudry Our Vision Street Children that are empowered and self-reliant. Our Mission Statement The Grandsons of Abraham is a Catholic Church based rescue center in Mombasa working with the community in rescuing, rehabilitating, offer skill, training and remitting the children back to their families or relatives. We believe in the strength of working together with all the stakeholders. Our Goal The goal of The Grandsons of Abraham is to reduce the number of street children on the streets of Mombasa through daily street work. Our aim is to create an environment of growth through counseling, informal education and human needs. This is in view of preparing the grounds for rehabilitation either back...

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Lance Nadeau’s Thoughts on AIDS in Nairobi

Ministering to People Living with HIV/AIDS by Lance Nadeau In my dissertation I am writing here in Rome, I am trying to offer a missiological evaluation of the health ministry (huduma ya afya), that has developed in the jumuiya (small Christian Communities) of Nairobi East. My interest in the health ministry is missiological. Why? Because lay ecclesial ministry, such as the health ministry, is a critical index of the local church's formation. And formation of the local church remains a basic goal of missionary activity. Furthermore, I see the huduma ya afya as an East African expression of a global phenomenon in the postconciliar church, namely, the rapid expansion and diversification of lay ministry. The worldwide growth in lay ecclesial...

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John Eybel’s AIDS Ministry in Mwanza (Archives)

Training AIDS Care Givers by John Eybel In the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Bugando Medical Center people are trained to face detestable "shadow" behavior. For example, an HIV+ spouse refuses to tell a mate about the positive test result and proceeds to infect him/her with the virus; or a nurse or family member will not care for a dying member out of ignorance, disgust or contempt; or an angry HIV+ person is "impossible" to please and full of resentments; and the like. "Shadow" behavior is the "speck" that shows up for us in the other's eye. The object of the training for a pastor or counselor is to meet the "speck" with compassion and with an invitation to explore,...

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Richard Bauer’s AIDS Ministry in Dar es Salaam (Archives)

Real Haven of Peace by Richard Bauer originally printed in Maryknoll Magazine (December 1998)In Tanzania's capital, the Church offers a safe place for people to find dignity and friendship Dar es Salaam means "Haven of Peace," but since the onset of AIDS, far too many young Tanzanians have neither a haven nor peace. Amid much poverty and suffering in this capital city of 3 million people, we are trying to offer people with AIDS a real haven of peace. Our program is called PASADA. That's short for Pastoral Activities and Services for people with AIDS in the Dar es Salaam archdiocese. My name is Rick Bauer. I'm a Catholic priest and missionary from the diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah,...

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Richard Bauer’s AIDS Ministry in Namibia

Namibia, US celebrate life by Dennise Mathieu; originally printed in The Namibian (The Free Press Of Namibia) December 5, 2008Rick Bauer is Director of the Catholic AIDS Action (CAA) of the Namibian Bishops' Conference After the introduction of life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, this hospice chose instead to mark World AIDS Day with a celebration of life, because the people who were once dying were now living. In this spirit, on World AIDS Day 2008 [Monday), we join the people of Namibia in celebrating life. For more than 25 years, the world community has witnessed the devastating impact of HIV-AIDS. Until recently, many wondered whether prevention, treatment and care could ever successfully be provided in resource-limited settings where HIV was a death...

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AIDS Ministries in Africa

AIDS / HIV in Africa AIDS by John Sivalon I doubt that there is anyone in sub-Saharan Africa who can actually say that they don't know somebody personally who has been affected by the Aids epidemic. In Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique and elsewhere, from Presidents to peasant farmers, they have all seen either their own children, their nephews and nieces or their neighbors and colleagues' children die. They have seen their spouses and peers die. And below the surface, for everyone, there is an underlying fear that maybe they also are sick. Recently, I consoled someone whose hands were trembling and body was shaking as she tried to vocalize her greatest fear. "Am I sick?" As we start...

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