News from Tanzania
As Jesus went around teaching in the nearby villages, he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over the unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick. He said to them: “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave it. Whatever place people do not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet (Mk 6, 6-11).
Our postulant master, bro Valerio, did the same with the postulants. He sent us out, two by two, to go in all surroundings “Jumuiy NdogoNdogo” (or Small Christian Communities) of Ilemela Parish. Of course, he did not give us authority over the unclean spirits, but he instructed us to share the Gospel with the Christians. He gave each one of us a Bible and a rosary, and told us to greet people with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Amani na Salama!”.
This is one of the annual events animated by the Franciscan both, secular and religious Fraternities of Mwanza area. This year the occasion was scheduled on August 9th, being one of the wonderful days we have passed here in Ilemela.
It was a sunny morning when all the pilgrims arrived at Nyakato Parish to start the mission of the day. It was 7 o’clock when we began with an opening prayer, and, before our departure, we recited the rosary and then we proceeded to Nundu outstation. At Nundu we had Morning Prayer, followed by a talk on Franciscan Pilgrimage, based on the theme of the day: “A Franciscan in a holy pilgrimage witnessing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
From that station we went on saying the rosary towards Nyasaka, an outstation of Buzuruga Parish. Having reached the place, a number of activities took place. First, we paused for about 5 minutes followed by the sacrament of Reconciliation. Next step was to give witness of the spirit of St Francis. This was done respectively by a Secular Franciscan, a Sister of the Franciscans Sisters of Charity and Penance, a Franciscan youth of the Virafra movement and finally an Ofm postulant.
Settled consciously and little reflection, my mind flashes back to the entire life encounter in Tanzania, Mwanza and more so in Franciscan communities, that is Butimba and Ilemela respectively. It was the land of the famous Sukuma tribe. In a formation house it was , living in a fraternal community comprising formators and formatees. Outstanding significant moments and quite challenging times, when you have to accept your brother you live with, in his diversity and complexity.