Current SLMs

Photo of Katie Braun Katie Braun Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hometown Oviedo FL Mission Site Don Bosco School, Teuk Thla Phnom Penh Cambodia College Eastern Florida State College

What do you expect to do on mission?
Whatever the Lord asks!! Right now, the expectation is to teach English to some extent in either of their schools or vocational schools. Also, helping where ever the sisters need, and spending time with youth after school playing, dancing, and in other programs.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?…

Photo of Katherine Church Katherine Church Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hometown Syracuse IN Mission Site Don Bosco School, Teuk Thla Phnom Penh Cambodia College Benedictine College

What do you expect to do on mission?
I want to spread God’s love throughout the world. I want everyone to know how loved and cherished they are and that they are worth more than what they believe. I want to help them achieve greatness with God being there guide.

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Photo of Eden Gordon Eden Gordon Montero, Bolivia
Hometown Windermere FL Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia College Florida State University

What do you expect to do on mission?
I am going to Bolivia in order to serve and show Christ’s love to the orphaned girls of the Hogar in Montero, and to learn from them and the Sisters about love, community, and gentleness.

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Photo of Gladys Johanning Gladys Johanning Mary Help of Christians Center
Hometown Jasper IN Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL College Kokomo High School

Have relatives who are missionaries and feel led to do something like this. The things I have done were so fulfilling. When we go backpacking I realize how little we really need and want to share what I have with others.

Photo of Kenneth Johanning Kenneth Johanning Mary Help of Christians Center
Hometown Jasper IN Mission Site Mary Help of Christians Center Tampa FL College Univ. of Notre Dame

I feel called to use my gifts to serve those in need. I am a Deacon in the Church, and have wanted to do something like this for a long time.

Photo of Stephen Lilly Stephen Lilly Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Hometown Berwyn IL Mission Site The Rinaldi Foundation Port-au-Prince Haiti College University of Illinois

My decision to pursue another term of service with the Salesian Lay Missioners stems from my continued desire to serve Christ in “the least of these.” We are made in the image of God, who is trinitarian: a God who pours Himself out in love for the other. I desire to respond to the invitation to enter into that divine life of God, by offering who I am in love as well.…

Photo of Alaina Mikulcik Alaina Mikulcik Montero, Bolivia
Hometown Louisville KY Mission Site Hogar Sagrado Corazón Montero Bolivia College Western Kentucky University

What do you expect to do on mission?
Love the poverty of Christ in His precious children, To love His simplicity, His neediness, His joy and creativity, generosity and love.

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
I was sent.…

Photo of Matthew Nguyen Matthew Nguyen East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Hometown Rowlett TX Mission Site Vunabosco East New Britain Papua New Guinea College Saint Martin’s University

What do you expect to do on mission?
Teach and mentor students at a technical school, to find Christ in another’s face

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
To take the opportunity to love others as fully as God made me to, and to find through service an identity in Our God.

Photo of Brandon Pabst Brandon Pabst Da Lat, Vietnam
Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam Hometown Charlotte MI College Michigan State University Blog: Pardon my Vietnamese

Through the SLM program I would like to take a more active role in shaping the world around me and making a positive impact in the lives of others. During my time on mission I hope to set a good example and make lasting friendships as I learn more about the people and culture of Vietnam.

Photo of Megan Schneider Megan Schneider Cochabamba, Bolivia
Mission Site Hogar María Auxiliadora Cochabamba Bolivia Hometown Rockford IL College Drake University Blog: Visit Blog

John Waters writes about his response to Pope Francis’s call to go to “the outskirts of existence: “That phrase seemed immediately to gesture far beyond geography, or sociology, or ideology, beyond even the idea of allegiance to a faith. It summoned us to a responsibility that resides beyond calls to duty or compassion or even what is conventionally called charity.…

Photo of Stephen Stafstrom Stephen Stafstrom East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Hometown Longwood FL Mission Site Vunabosco East New Britain Papua New Guinea College University of Central Florida

What do you expect to do on mission?
My site partner and I will be teaching high school dropouts a variety of subjects at the English language school as well as coaching the varsity teams.

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Photo of Eamon Webb Eamon Webb Da Lat, Vietnam
Hometown Jacksonville FL Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam College Stetson University

What do you expect to do on mission?
Teach, grow in Christ, and be awesome

Why have you joined the Salesian Lay Missioner program and/or what do you hope to accomplish thru your SLM mission?
Sustain Bosco’s vision of being a friend to the young and the poor

Photo of Andrew Wood Andrew Wood Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Hometown Auburn CA Mission Site Citê des Jeunes Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo College Sierra College

I’ve been feeling directionless for awhile in my life… or maybe pulled in too many directions. I could never tell where God wanted me and I was not where I wanted to be. So I took it to Adoration and I felt a strong tug towards doing missionary work. After Adoration and many months of prayer, I feel so at peace and also excited knowing that I’m doing God’s will!…

Photo of Nick Ynami Nick Ynami Da Lat, Vietnam
Mission Site Don Bosco Da Lat Da Lat Vietnam Hometown Hayward CA College San Diego State University Website: Visit Blog

I believe that God has given and blessed me many talents and luxuries that I am always grateful for. I, however, want to make an impact in the world with the talents and privileges that God has given me. I am so thankful everyday for my many blessings, and hope through the Salesian Lay Missioners to share my blessing with others less fortunate, but also gain their blessings of happiness.…