My visit to East Africa began with Uganda, a country with many natural gifts, fertile soil, many variety of bananas, Lake Victoria, and the most important, its people. The sisters I met were very impressive, energetic and industrious.
In the morning following my arrival, Sister Giselle Gomez and two Sisters of St. Teresa of Avila took me to their convent in a marginal barrio of the city. There are numerous street children in this barrio and throughout Managua.
Since Ethiopians follow the Julian calendar, I found that I had "stepped back in time" to the year 1994 upon my arrival in Addis Ababa. This is just one of the ways in which I found Ethiopia to be unlike the Africa with which I am most familiar.
Sister Joyce Meyer, PBVM, Executive Director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, visited Southeast Asia from August 31 to September 21, 2001. She traveled to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and attended the SEAMS (Southeast Asia Major Superiors) meeting in Johor, Malaysia.