This is nothing new. 35 years ago, I had a friend, Fr Thomas Neluvelly, SVD, who was from India, serving in Botswana.
By Aid to the Church in Need
A Carmelite monastery in Zambia is spreading the faith and saving lives.
“Thus begins the process of implanting the Order of the Discalced Carmelites deep into Zambian soil,” is the joyful message contained in an official statement issued by the monastery. The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has supported the missionaries in India from the very beginning.
The pastoral activities being carried out in the region, which is one of the poorest in the country, range from regular Sunday services and catechism classes to locally developed faith formation programs. Over the past two years, about 500 baptisms have been celebrated; in part, these were made possible by door-to-door evangelization.
Medical and educational resources are also included in the services provided by the parishes run by the Carmelites. As in most places around the world, the focus is currently on controlling the COVID pandemic. However, many diseases are caused by a lack of access to clean drinking water. In response, the parishes have built their own wells, which supply the inhabitants of the villages with water.
This article was first published by Aid to the Church in Need and is republished here with kind permission. To learn more about ACN’s mission to help the suffering Church, visit www.churchinneed.org(from the U.S.) and www.acninternational.org (outside of the U.S.).