Together is a beautiful place to be - Sunday Oct 13, Part 2

Catching Up!
On our mission to Tanzania we were reminded that many things we take for granted in Canada are not so readily available elsewhere. From hot showers to easily accessible wifi, we mostly had to do without during our stay on mission.

As a result of intermittent wifi, we were unable to post our blog on a regular basis. But, we still have stories to share with you! So here is a collection of stories over several days of our blessed adventure.

This Sunday morning is, sadly, a morning of goodbyes. We are leaving the Sisters of Visitation site in Mkongo to head to our final mission destination in Songea.  But first we gather together to celebrate mass with the community. What a beautiful mass it is!  I feel as if I have been transported to heaven as I close my eyes and sway to the angelic voices of the choir. Later, I am so touched to see families, who have difficulty to make ends meet, line up with offerings of all kinds....from food, animals and crafted items. I am told that these offerings will be given out to families in greater need. Such generosity cannot help but touch your heart.

After mass all the Chalice children and their families gather at the Virgin Mary’s grotto beside the church to pray the entire rosary for Chalice sponsors. They do this every week....after the 3 hour mass and weekly news update.

Near lunchtime, as we arrive at our final destination, my husband and I quickly spot Victoria in the crowd that is gathered to greet us. She is our beautiful little sponsor child, a little girl with no parents who God has placed in the care of Sister Mary Grace and the wonderful Sisters who devote themselves to the group of 29 girls at the orphanage. What a blessing that we will be spending time with Victoria and her sister Ema over the next three days. It is such an amazing experience it is to get to know them.