Kenya to Tanzania: The Journey of the Youth!
“INDEED, ANYONE WHO HAS TRULY EXPERIENCED GOD’S SAVING LOVE DOES NOT NEED MUCH TIME OR LENGTHY TRAINING TO GO OUT AND PROCLAIM THAT LOVE.”
21 November • Nairobi, Kenya/Arusha/ Siuyu, Tanzania
As Pope Francis said in his homily on Sunday’s World Day of the Poor, Jesus’ disciples “make their way traveling light, ready to leave momentary glories behind, careful not to cling to fleeting goods. Christians know that their homeland is elsewhere.” This is exactly what Fr. Steven Lwebuga SAC, of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nairobi, Kenya, taught the youth group of his parish during their travels to St. Vincent Pallotti Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Tanzania.
It was a tight schedule and busy day, but as Fr. Steven wrote, “We were over joyed with the love, care and complete sacrifice in the Center. The small gifts presented to our young brothers and sisters meant to show our deepest love towards them! May they always be helped and supported!”
The Rehabilitation Centre serves as a beacon of hope for those with mild to severe physical and mental handicaps. Without this Pallottine work of mercy, these little ones would remain without a right to education.
It opened in 2007 with only one teacher, one classroom, and 20 students. Now, it is home to 43 students; divided amongst three groups depending on the stage of their disability. The largest group is for the severely intellectually impaired, of which there are 22 children. They are under the care of Fr. Tommy and Sr. Rose, a Pallottine Missionary Sister.
After the visit, Fr. Steven and his group safely returned back to Kenya. Special prayers of thanksgiving to our Pallottine missionary, who- involved with all ages of youth in his parish- teaches the next generation to live as Jesus of the Gospel!