Our Blogs

Staff Blog

For We are God’s Helpers

Lay Mission-Helpers Association staff members share reflections and the stories of our lay missionaries.


Current Missionary Blogs

Lay Mission-Helpers serving around the world are sharing the joys and challenges of mission life on their blogs.

Amy In Ecuador

Amy Anderson is a registerd nurse serving in Clinica Guadalupe in the Vicariate of Zamora. She is originally from Northern California. 

Marco In Ecuador

Marco Svoboda is assigned to serve in Ecuador. He is a member of St. John Eudes Parish in Chatsworth, Calif. 

Ron and Karen In Papua New Guinea

Ron and Karen Srajer are assigned to work in the Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. They are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Costa Mesa, CA. We are also members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Danita in Papua New Guinea

Danita Kurtz is assigned to teach at Ponini High School in the Diocese of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea. She is a member of St. Barnabas Parish in Long Beach, Calif. 



Returned Missionary Blogs

Alicia In Cameroon

Alicia Adajar-Duante is a Lay Mission-Helper assigned to serve as a nurse at St. Elizabeth Catholic Hospital in Shisong, Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. She is originally from the Phillipines and has two adult daughters. Alicia is a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Riverside, Calif.

Ashley In Cameroon

Ashley Hansen is a Lay Mission-Helper assigned to serve as a health educator with the Health Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon for the next 3 years. She is from Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo, Calif. Prior to joining Lay Mission-Helpers, she served in two domestic volunteer programs, one in Appalachia and the other in Detroit.

Horne Family Mission

The Horne family — Eric, Logan, Helena, James, Max, Isabelle, Sally and Gabriel — are from Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Alamos, New Mexico. They are serving as teachers in the diocese of Kumbo in Cameroon.

Bud & Sue In Kenya

Bud & Sue Ozar have previously served terms of service in American Samoa and Kenya. They are currently serving at St. Clare School and Children’s Village in the Diocese of Meru, Kenya. They are from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.

Debbie in Cameroon

Debbie served as a Teacher at Pius X Secondary School in Tatum, Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon. She taught English and computer skills to her students. Debbie grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif., the 6th of 13 children, and is currently a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Pasadena, Calif.

Martin Family Mission

Maura and Ryan Martin and their three young children (Honora, Clare and Patrick) served the people of Cameroon, Africa, by providing basic nursing care and social services.

Newburn Family Mission

The Newburns — Pete, Joy, Joshua, Jessica, and Emily — served in Bamenda, Cameroon. Pete taught theology at the major seminary and served as an instructor and tutor with lay leadership training. Joy volunteered at the local Catholic school, helped with an HIV support group, assisted with lay counseling training, and volunteered with the developmentally disabled. The kids attended a local primary school and love horseback riding in their free time.