The Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM-USA) is pleased to announce that Claire Moll of Shelbyville will soon join VMM to serve as a lay volunteer in El Salvador. She will be working with the SHARE Foundation, a VMM project partner based in San Salvador that accompanies impoverished communities and fosters long-term relationships between communities in the U.S. and El Salvador.
Moll graduated this spring with a B.A. degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Saint Louis University. While earning her degree, she studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador and San Salvador. She also designed and taught English classes to young people in Oaxaca City, Mexico during the summer of 2011.
The Volunteer Missionary Movement is an international, ecumenical lay missionary organization that works for peace, social justice and human empowerment. VMM – USA collaborates with local project partners in Central America to recruit, train and support volunteers from across the country to accompany the poor and marginalized. VMM currently has missioners serving in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Moll said that an immersion experience in El Salvador in 2011-12 taught her the true meaning of solidarity and accompaniment. “Solidarity for me meant being satisfied with just living with the ones I loved. It did not matter what the task was, how big or how small, whether it was building a house, wiping away tears or just listening to a joke. Accompaniment meant realizing that my presence was enough,” she said.
Moll is a member of First Christian Church in Shelbyville. She will participate in a training and orientation in New York in late July and then travel to El Salvador to begin two years of service. She will be joined at SHARE by another new VMM recruit, Julie Laven of Northfield, Minnesota.