One recent recipient of St. Mary's Outreach funds is Dianne Smith, an Episcopal missionary in Kenya. Dianne is a nurse whose first mission trip was with St. Mary's Paul Pyzowski - they traveled together to El Salvador in 2007. Dianne subsequently led a mission trip from her home parish (St. Andrew's on Martha's Vineyard) to Biloxi, and then volunteered for a one-year extendable stint at the Episcopal Church's Maseno Clinic in Western Kenya.
"I left my heart in... Maseno, Kenya!" It was a privilege to work with Drs. Gerry and Nan Hardison in East Africa in November and December of 2007. The Episcopal Church has commissioned me to return in the fall of 2008 for a longer-term assignment. It will be an honor to work again at Maseno Hospital, the HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Center, and with the mobile medical clinics and feeding programs that serve thousands of orphans in Western Province every week. "Love one another," we are so often reminded. I invite you to join me in loving service, holding hearts and hands in communion around the world. Asante sana! (Thank you very much!)"
You can read more about Dianne's work in Kenya on her blog. Below are some pictures.