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The 1960s witnessed a greater involvement of the laity in all aspects of the life of the Church. Nowhere was this more evident than in the number of men and women, mostly in their early twenties, who volunteered to do mission work. The diocese of Mendi was richly blessed by this outpouring of zeal for the Church.
California. Many came independently, but always with the recommendation of their bishop or pastor. Others were influenced by Religious Sisters communities. Twenty-five volunteers followed the Sisters from Baldegg in coming to the Mendi diocese. The largest group, eighty-eight strong, came from Australia. Twenty-eight came from the United States, New Zealand supplied ten, Ireland three, England three, Canada three, Liechtenstein two, and one each from Scotland, Germany, France, Trinidad and Malaysia.
They came as teachers, nurses, carpenters, mechanics, farmers, and pilots - all ready to serve in any capacity. In time, more and more local people were trained in these professions. As this effort progressed, the local government became reluctant to issue permits to outsiders; it wanted these positions to be filled by their own people.