We love our volunteers in Amatongas! We give much love and thanks to Matt Adler who arrived with the CLP group, but will remain here for the next 5 weeks. Of course Matt wasn't in the pictures in the last post because he was the official photographer. Stay tuned for many more pictures from Matt, or Mateus, his name in Portuguese.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Mission Amatongas was blessed and honored this week to receive a visit from eight faculty members from four secondary schools operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in the United States. Without the help of our schools in the U.S. and around the world we would not be able to do the work here in Amatongas. Their visit and service work was a part of the Coindre Leadership Program (CLP) which teaches and shares the Charism of our institute founded by Fr. Andre Coindre and Brother Polycarp. Ametur Cor Jesu!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
And the harvest begins in Amatongas, only two months later than usual due to the late rainy season. Soon we will be able to grind our own corn into flour instead of buying 50kgs in town every day. Our wonderful boarders helped fill two trailer loads today beginning work at 5:00 AM.
We give a huge shout out saying thank you to our brothers, students, teachers and friends at Saint Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, MS who raised funds during lent to help us purchase corn flour during these first two very difficult months of the school year.
|Cutting and collecting the corn stalks|
|Stripping the corn|
|Loading into the trailer|
|Bagging te corn to be lifted into the loft|
|Filling the loft|
|And we always have interested audiences|
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Sixteen resident students were baptized at our Easter Vigil last night. It only took 4 1/2 hours, but we got it done. Happy Easter from all of us in Amatongas!
|Each of the brothers sponsored at least two students, some had four|
|Br. Lucas assists at the baptism|
|Salvador gets annointed|
|The newly baptized with their candles|
|Our 16 resident students dressed in their best for the vigil|
The two year wait has finally ended. Our 5 new jersey cows and 1 bull arrived in Amatongas. A huge thanks to the efforts of all the students, faculty, administration and friends at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans for raising the funds to build the barn and pay for the cows. Because of you, our dream of self-sustainability is closer to reality.
|Land O Lakes delivers the cows|
|Jersey cows enjoying their new home|
|They came 5-7 months pregnant, so milk shouldn't be too far away|
|The young bull seems to happy as well|
|I wonder how long our kids will be able to play with they young bull|
|Each jersey cow is tagged and comes with registration|
Could these young men be the first Mozambican Brothers of the Sacred Heart? It has been great welcoming the first 3 discerners to our community in Amatongas. They will begin their official formation as Aspirants in June and they will travel to Zimbabwe to begin the program with other young men from the area. If all goes well they will become postulants and then begin their novitiate in Lusaka, Zambia. Please keep our three discerners in your prayers as they begin their formation.
|The first three discerners, Micheque, Carlitos, and Eurico|
|Micheque with formation director, Br. Lucas|