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Leanor’s Great Faith

Last year, I was introduced to Leanor for the first time. I only knew her in passing. She was the lady who sat on the corner of our street watching the day’s action pass by, much like my grandfather had done when he was alive. was last modified: May 3rd, 2017

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Hard Bends, Dead Ends, & Beautiful memories

[Annmarie Abeyesekera recently went on a medical mission trip with FMC in Peru. These vignettes and reflections are published here with her permission.] The highlight of my mission trip would have to be the second day of the trip. We traveled to a pueblo called Tres Unidos. It was not easy arriving at the Pueblo, but it sure was a little…

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Is Just One Soul Worth It?

This past Sunday we had another opportunity to celebrate a first for a community. The small community of Nuevo Canal had a mass for the first time ever! It was such a joyous event. was last modified: March 15th, 2017

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Breast Cancer – Be Gone!

As day faded into night and the celebrations for our village’s patron saint came to an end, we wandered around the plaza visiting friends. We planned to enjoy the final hours of the celebration before returning home for a much-needed good night’s sleep. We realized that God had other plans when our friend’s son rushed up and said, “My mom…

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A crowd gathers for Mass at mission chapel

I Lift My Eyes Up Unto the Mountains

The roosters had just begun their Monday morning crowing when it was time to get up and prepare for the day. Our family awoke, quickly preparing a small snack breakfast before Fr. Leo, Sr. Marie Eugenia, and a religion teacher named Garvin came to the house to pick us up on our missionary adventure to the mountain communities above our…

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Michael getting water from the well in their family mission house

No Water // Kids on Mission

Michael Carmody, 7, serves with his family in Peru.  When I turn the faucet on, I expect water to come out. Today we turned the faucet on and nothing came out. When this happens I usually go into the backyard and switch a switch for the pump in the well to turn on. It takes about a half hour for…

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Deep Into the Jungle – Our Craziest Adventure Yet!

Tales had been told of trips deep into the jungle, but until this last weekend we had no idea what such a trip might entail for us: knee-deep mud? gigantic snails? over thirty baptisms? Who could have guessed? Beep! Beep! Beep! At 4:30 a.m. Chris’s watch alarm announced the beginning of Day #1. was last modified: September 1st, 2016

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