‘For whom are we doing this job?’

Young Salesia n missionaries from Bellflower venture beyond their comfort zone to help poor youth in Latin America.

BY DORIS BENAVIDES STAFF WRITER

Miriam Hernandez and Giovanni Garcia were raised by Spanish-speaking parents in working-class Los Angeles neighborhoods, where wealth is hardly the norm, yet most basic needs are covered. It was not until lhey left California that a different reality struck them. Both had become involved at an early age in St. Dominic Savio Church’s youth ministry. became youth leaders and, after graduating from high school, became lay missionaries – in Latin America.

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