Mary Yoder

Mary Yoder made her first trip to Israel/Palestine in 2002 with a Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) delegation. She then took an intense four-week training course on Christian non-violence through CPT. She returned to the West Bank as a volunteer member of CPT's violence reduction team where she served there since, on three different occasions for three month terms. In 2003 she sustained a neck injury, requiring surgery the following year. She worked in the city of Hebron and an agricultural village, At-Tuwani.

Mary is a Registered Nurse and clinical instructor at the Mount Carmel Medical Center and School of Nursing. She's worked in urban Mississippi and Native American clinics /hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico. She has also volunteered full time at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Georgia.

Mary first became interested in Israel/Palestine when she read of the many home demolitions taking place in the West Bank in the late 90's. Her initial delegation trip made her aware of the cooperation between Israeli peace groups, living in Israel, and Christian Peacemaker Teams who lived in Palestinian areas.

On her own, Mary made frequent trips to Washington DC in attempts to educate lawmakers on the continued confiscation of land in the West Bank. She has sponsored a Palestinian map-maker to accompany her to visits staffers from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Committee on Foreign affairs.

Mary's favorite text is from the Old Testament book, Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you? But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."

Contact Details: 

Email: maryyoder@juno.com
Phone: 614-589-4050 or 740-857-1608
Country: 
United States
State/Province/Region: 
Ohio