Missionary Blogs

  • Getting Settled in KwaZulu-Natal
    We are back in South Africa and getting settled in KwaZulu-Natal. I am so grateful to be serving as a Volunteer in Mission for The Episcopal Church and I am thrilled about this new year ... read more
    By: Amy Richter and Joe Pagano – South AfricaPosted: 2019-09-19
    2 days ago
  • Over and Out
    I am back in Nebraska, sitting in the recliner, recovering a bit from a very busy 2 week trip to the DR and ready for my final blog post. My last post covered Friday the ... read more
    By: Tom McGowan – Dominican RepublicPosted: 2019-09-17
    4 days ago
  • A New Normal
    It is hard to believe we have been in Guatemala for more than a month now. Our first week and a half was spent taking a bit of time getting settled (yes, there is privilege ... read more
    By: Brian Gregory – GuatemalaPosted: 2019-09-17
    5 days ago
  • Return to Tanzania delayed to March 2020
    Hi everyone, I am sorry to share that I’m not returning to St. Philips in Tanzania this month. I developed four (4) skin abscesses in August due to an infection. They were all removed by ... read more
    By: Peter Bak – TanzaniaPosted: 2019-09-16
    6 days ago
  • Friday the Thirteenth
    We Irish people are plenty of things: short, cantankerous, wonderfully funny, long-suffering, long-winded and relentlessly superstitious. Me beloved Muther, may she Rest In Peace, spent much of December 31st taking all trash and unneeded “stuff” ... read more
    By: Tom McGowan – Dominican RepublicPosted: 2019-09-14
    7 days ago
  • One more trip on the road
    Wednesday we drove east — out to San Pedro de Macoris — then north to Consuelo. We followed our usual routine of meetings, review sessions and building tours. As before, there was your good news ... read more
    By: Tom McGowan – Dominican RepublicPosted: 2019-09-12
    1 week ago
  • Week 1: Mornings in Muttrah
    Last Monday, I left my home in Arlington, Virginia at 5PM EST to start a year of service abroad. Thankfully the trip went smoothly, and on Tuesday around 11PM I arrived to my new home ... read more
    By: Emma Wright – OmanPosted: 2019-09-01
    3 weeks ago
  • 5 Days Until Departure
    The date is set and on Monday, August 26th I will begin my year of service in Muscat, Oman! All summer I have been obsessively researching my new home. I’ve already found the local ... read more
    By: Emma Wright – OmanPosted: 2019-08-21
    1 month ago
  • Our end-of-year slide show!
      FSRL slide show-Aug 1 2019 Please take a minute to click on the slideshow above which shows YOUR FAVORITE STUDENTS hard at work.  It lists some accomplishments by FSRL during the year just past, ... read more
    By: Donnel and Janet O’Flynn – HaitiPosted: 2019-08-17
    1 month ago
  • Uprooting
    The last several weeks – the last few months, actually – have been a whirlwind of planning, packing, saying goodbye, and making arrangements for our move to Guatemala.  Each member of our family of four ... read more
    By: Brian Gregory – GuatemalaPosted: 2019-08-17
    1 month ago
  • Thirty-six courses done and graded, Hurray!
    Phew!  We have JUST completed the grading for the 36 courses that our students completed between Sept. 1 2018 and Aug. 9 2019.  This is the first year that we’ve had all four cohorts in ... read more
    By: Donnel and Janet O’Flynn – HaitiPosted: 2019-08-17
    1 month ago
  • ¡Hasta Pronto!
    Before leaving Puerto Rico on July 31st, I said farewell to those I worked so closely with at the Diocesan office this past year. We were able to gather to share a few words over ... read more
    By: Lydia Pendleton – Puerto RicoPosted: 2019-08-08
    1 month ago
  • Why YASC? Why Oman?
    For those who know me well, the news of my year in Oman probably did not come as a shock. I have a tendency to make countercultural decisions – like pausing college to hike the ... read more
    By: Emma Wright – OmanPosted: 2019-08-06
    2 months ago
  • Giving Thanks
    “What if you woke up today with only the things you gave thanks to God for yesterday?” The Rev. Mary Balfour Dunlap, Associate Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, NC, began her sermon ... read more
    By: Amy Richter and Joe Pagano – South AfricaPosted: 2019-08-04
    2 months ago
  • The Root of the Problem
    By now you’ve likely seen the photo from several weeks ago. Father, Oscar Alberto Martinez, and his two-year-old daughter, Angie Valeria, drowned in the Rio Grande as they attempted to cross into the United States. ... read more
    By: Brian Gregory – GuatemalaPosted: 2019-07-14
    2 months ago