About the editor and photographer

Editor, Barbara Ballenger

Barbara joined Catholic Relief Services' Community Engagement Department in 2002 to develop and write grassroots advocacy materials. She is now a consultant for the agency. Barbara, who has a background in pastoral ministry, journalism and grassroots advocacy, envisioned Prayer Without Borders as a means for people in the United States to stand on common ground with the people that CRS' serves overseas. The book invites the reader to experience the dignity of people striving for justice and peace in the developing world and to stand in solidarity with them.

The project benefited greatly from the assistance of Gabe Huck, former director of Liturgical Training Publications, who served as a creative consultant on the project.

Photographer, David Snyder

Both the cover of Prayer Without Borders as well as a majority of the photos used in the book are by Catholic Relief Services staff member David Snyder. A Baltimore native, David joined the Communications Department at Catholic Relief Services in 1996. In 1999, David spent three months in Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo during the crisis in the Balkans, and from there moved to Kenya to join the agency's Emergency Response Team. Over the course of the last five years, David has traveled to more than 30 countries with CRS, working in such crisis zones as Pakistan, Sudan, Angola, the West Bank, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. David is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa.