Michael Snyman has served his country as a U.S. Air Force cargo jet mechanic for the past 6 years. His job has brought him to 10 countries and 12 states. He grew up in a military family, the oldest of 6 children. His dad served in the army for 26 years and moved the family all over the Midwest and to Germany. In 2008, the family settled in northeastern Oklahoma next to a Benedictine monastery where Michael helped build the monastery chapel, residence building and his families’ house. Michael claims this area as his home and intends to settle on his property here and study meteorology after his separation from the military in 2017. He has always loved serving the Church through youth ministry and has five years’ experience teaching catechism for the Military Archdiocese. He also loves to travel and has long waited for an opportunity to help on mission trips. Michael has a deep, heartfelt love for his country. He prayerfully hopes and longs for the day when America will turn back to God. He has faith that if the youth of this generation adopt a spirit of prayer and service, God will bless us as a nation and help us take back the Christian values that once made our country truly great.
My name is Cindy Pu and I am a 22 old student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I will be pursuing a degree in Social Work and hope to get into Law school to help immigrants from all over the world get into the United States. I am half-Mexican and half-Chinese. While I am so cultured, I would love to get to know all cultures of the world that are in need. I yearn to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to every person that comes near. I hope to shine my laughing spirit to have others laugh and smile just as much. I am so pumped to serve the Lord in Summer 2017!!
Hello! My name is Carly Haynes and I am a 21-year-old Junior at Saint Louis University in Missouri. I am studying Communication Science and Disorders in hopes of one day becoming a Speech Pathologist. I am so excited to be a part of the CMT team this summer! Helping and serving my brothers and sisters in Christ has always been a huge passion of mine. Having a community open up to you and allow you to join them as they walk along this journey of life is one of the most beautiful experiences that one can encounter. I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity through CMT, the Lord has great plans for Summer 2018 and I am so excited for whatever those plans entail!
Rita West grew up in a family of eleven children in New Orleans, Louisiana, where most of her childhood memories were centered around music. Whether it was singing and dancing around the kitchen while doing dishes, attending the choral concerts or opera recitals of her siblings, or laughing as her father sang the wrong lyrics to a song on the radio, music was always present. However, it wasn’t until after high school, when she served as a missionary with NET Ministries, INC, that she learned how to play guitar and realized that God had given her a gift that she couldn’t keep to herself. As her love for leading worship grew, the Lord instilled a desire in her to speak and give witness to the deep, personal love that God the Father has for each human person. Since 2010, she’s led worship and spoken around the country for retreats, summer camps, nights of worship, and mission trips for people of all ages. The prayer of her ministry is that, by sharing the truth and power of God’s love through music and witness, others would be brought into a relationship with the Father, where freedom and healing await. Her first solo recording project – Chosen EP – will release Spring 2017. Follow her online at www.ritawest.com
SITE COORDINATORS / CONTRACTORS
- India – Emilly and Andre Downing got married in 2016 and two months later started leading trips to India together. They met in psychology class, and on their first date they talked at length in an Indian restaurant about their shared desire to become missionaries. Andre is a teacher and Emilly is a behavioral therapist for children. They currently reside in Eastern Washington.
Hello! My name is Martine Dollack. I am a wife, a mother of four, a teacher, a farmer and a passionate Catholic. I was born and raised in the Alsace region of France and moved to Canada after my marriage. We are currently living in Salmon Arm, British Columbia where we attend the church of St Joseph. I am passionate about my Catholic faith and have been involved in many ministries within my parish. I am also a proud member of the Catholic Women’s League. No matter the endeavor, I always look forward to grow in faith and service to others. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the team of CMT this summer as site coordinator. As I embark on this incredible journey, please pray for me, my family and our mission. God bless.
The Dominican Republic – My name is Cindy Pu and I am a 23 old student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I will be pursuing a degree in Social Work and hope to get into Law school to help immigrants from all over the world get into the United States. I am half-Mexican and half-Chinese. While I am so cultured, I would love to get to know all cultures of the world that are in need. I yearn to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to every person that comes near. I hope to shine my laughing spirit to have others laugh and smile just as much. I am so pumped to serve the Lord in Summer 2018!!
My name is Michelle Perez and I graduated with my M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington in 2006. Former teacher, home health aide, ballet instructor, and junior high youth minister, I now enjoy my time raising a son and daughter and arranging mission trips for groups hungry to serve God’s people.
Hello! My name is Mykelle Laws, wife of a great guy and mother of 4 active young adults. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990 with a BS in Biochemistry and SWOSU in 1996 with an assoc. in Physical Therapy. Our family has moved around the United States with the Navy and United Airlines and have since settled in Culpeper, VA. I have been active in my community (Travel Soccer) and my church (confirmation catechist, altar society, and office help) while homeschooling my children and now participate with several non-profit organizations like our diocesan WorkCamp annual mission trip, Rotary Youth Exchange and Souls in Harmony. I am excited to join the Catholic Mission Trips team in facilitating “experiences of a lifetime” through mission!