Thursday, December 30, 2010

Burden Center

Here are some pictures of the grounds around the Burden Center, site for the "Miles for Moz" benefit run. I was probably around 12 years old the last time I was there. It's a beautiful place and will be a great site for the race Jan. 29th. Please come out and encourage others as well.

LSU Rural Life Center

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Advent Message from Brasil - Feliz Natal

We send you our most loving and sincere greetings in these days of preparation for Christmas and the hope of a new day with the new born Christ. The African proverb, "A tree is known by its fruit", is evident this Christmas season as we can be certain of God's presence among us through his child, our savior and true example of Love.

After two months of Portuguese classes, we have been relaxing for a few days in Lins after a great tour of Southern Brasil for Brothers Angel and Chris. The Brothers in Brasil treated them to a trip to the amazing IguaƧu Falls as well as visits to the communities in Paraguacu, Campanha, Sao Paulo and Bauru. They were treated to the best Churrasco in all Brasil from our own Brother Chefs, and "Brothers of the Sacred Heart" style hospitality everywhere.

While here in Lins, Brothers Lucas, Angel and Chris met to discuss a few items about our new community life once we arrive in Amatongas, Mozambique. Specifically, we talked about our prayer life together, spiritual items for the chapel from our home communities, and our travel plans. We all now have our plane tickets and will meet again February 2 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Together again, we will then fly on to Beira, Mozambique.

We join the Brothers of the Sacred Heart throughout the world as we pray this Christmas season for our new mission in Mozambique. May our new work produce much fruit because of God's loving presence, courage, and faith in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In His Heart
Brothers Lucas, Angel and Chris (for Br. Fabian)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Laptops for Moz

Getting a new laptop for Christmas? Well, consider donating your old laptop to the students in Amatongas. Don't let that old laptop gather dust in the corner! Your donation is tax deductible and will go to a great cause.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Google Earth Pic

Yes, this is the school and parish on Google Earth. If you don't have Google Earth already, go to the website and download. Then, type in the coordinates, 19° 06’ 10.66" S  33° 48’ 35.93" E, and explore the world of Amatongas, Mozambique, pretty exciting and pretty remote.

The thumbtack in the photo above is just touching the church and the school is just to the left. The building in front of the church and school is the workshop, and the four houses just in front of the workshop are the parish houses. We will be living in one of the guest houses temporarily until our residence is refurbished next to the school, not sure which one.

We have finished our formal classes and will spend the next few weeks traveling the province. It's actually been good to talk a little more with brothers and get away from the classroom. More pictures coming soon from Brazil.