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.
Hello and God bless! My name is Michelle Lu. I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA in a Vietnamese Catholic family. After finishing a MBA in 2013, I had a calling to do foreign mission work and had the blessing of working in the Philippines, Vietnam, and the Holy Land. During this time, I discerned my vocation and eventually became a religious Sister in a missionary order. After dedicating my life to God for three years, I realized God was calling me to a different state of life. Currently, I am living in Plano, TX working as a teacher’s assistant in special education. I strive to show God’s beauty and goodness in the little things, such as crafting, dance, theatre, and spending time outdoors. I am extremely excited to continue my missionary adventure with CMT. Please pray for me and be assured of my prayers for you!
Hey Y’all! I’m Stephany Cabrera and I’m a 22 year old from Texas. Unfortunately, I am currently not in school, but I hope to become a Youth Minister once I can go back. I’m so excited and blessed that I get to be part of the CMT team this summer! I had the opportunity to go on mission last year with a different organization and fell in love with the work I was able to do. Ever since then I felt I was being called to so much more. I am so excited to be able to minister to different kinds of people this summer and be able to show them the love of Christ that they deserve! I ask that for continuous prayers for all of us this summer as we encounter Christ! Lord let your will be done this summer!
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!
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.
Beaumont, TX – 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 years old. I am a University of Nevada, Las Vegas alumni with my Bachelors in Social Work. I have been doing mission work with CMT for the past 2 summers (2016 & 2017) and have absolutely fallen in love with the work that the Lord has called me to do. I yearn to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to every person that comes near. I am so pumped to serve the Lord in Summer 2018!!
New Orleans and Baton Rouge – 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!
Steve Nasche, Director
Steve serves at the Director overseeing all Catholic Mission Trips operations from mission trips, new site development, clean water projects, fundraising, and more. Steve has 15 years of mission trip experience.
Michelle Perez, Mission Coordinator
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.