With your help, and the help of the Eastern Province of the CMs, and the international Vincentian Solidarity Office, work is underway in Ingas. It’s truly going to have a miraculous impact! The people did the ground work — clearing away the old chapel and preparing the site — and our master-of-works laid the footings and began raising the wall supports. Work will progress quickly now. On Thursday, your donations will help to raise the formation center in Calacala, too! I’ll have pictures when I return on Monday.
From last Thursday until yesterday, Diego, Flora, Aida, Lidia and I served as part of a mission team in the neighboring parish of Chuma. Chuma has been without a solid pastor for two years now, and the deacon who is trying to revitalize things asked for help. From all over our zone, 40 laity, deacons and priests came to visit communities that had once been vital centers of faith and were now struggling. We assembled to ready our plans with prayer and strategizing, dividing up in teams to head out to Suchiya, Huallapa, Lurisani, Pocoaya, and others.
Our group of six arrived in Suchiya to a warm welcome. There, we met with the authorities and set up a daily schedule of events and home visiting. Using a participatory method of reflection on local realities in light of the gospels, we talked about raising children in the faith, gender inequity in the culture, and sexual violence against women. There were special events for children and for “women only” so that voices not usually heard could be set free to talk about their realities.
After a preiod of evaluation and future planning, the mission concluded with a grand public demonstration of solidarity and faith, as missionaries and the people of Chuma processed through the town singing, “Tatitun Arupa markanasaru phawantapxañani!” (We’ll bring the Word of God to every village!). We entered the church to celebrate the Eucharist and ended with a common meal.