Greetings from Rome
Dear Friends of the Fransalians,
Cordial greetings to each one of you from AMISALES, the Missionsprokura of the Fransalians in Rome on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. Pope Francis has declared an extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning from 8th December 2015. The Pope has invited the entire Church to join him in bringing the message of God’s mercy and compassion to a world afflicted with war and terror. Millions of innocent and helpless people from the war-torn countries are fleeing their homelands. Many more are forced to live in misery being deprived of their basic human dignity due to discrimination, exploitation and persecution and thus finding themselves in extreme poverty and suffering. During this Christmas we like to think of those millions of our brothers and sisters who are in great need and crying for our support. We ask the merciful and compassionate Lord to strengthen us in our commitment to bring peace and joy to a world torn apart by hatred and violence. Let the shining star over the Manger of Bethlehem be a beacon of peace and hope for a suffering humanity.
Sponsor a child
Amisales in Rome and the Freundeskreis in Mombris/Kahlgrund have been making a combined effort to appeal for donations in favour of destitute children in the numerous Fransalian Missions in Africa and in India. The response to our appeal has been slow but encouraging. I am happy to inform you that we have been able to find donors to support over 250 children from Chad, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and India under our program of „Schüler-Patenschaften“. We are grateful to all our donors for their generosity. We have set a target of reaching out to 1000 children in need. Hence we continue this program with the co-operation of all of you. We count on your support to help us accomplish this noble mission of bringing education to so many children who may otherwise will never be able to attend a school. Thank you and Vergelt‘s Gott. (Photo 2)
10 villages get safe and clean drinking water
Amisales and the Freundeskreis together have been making appeals for donations towards providing safe and clean drinking water to villages in some of the most backward regions of Africa chiefly in Chad and in North Cameroon. During the past two years, we have been able to complete 10 wells with handpumps installed providing safe and clean drinking water to at least 10 villages. The villagers themselves have been bearing a part of the cost by way of their labour. Most of these wells have been dug in the villages in and around Doba and Bero in Chad and around Ngaoundere in North Cameroon. The cost of a well varies from a sum of € 1500.00 to € 2000.00. We are looking for potential donors to extend this program to many more villages in Africa. We have set a target of providing 10 more wells during the year 2016. We invite donors to help us to reach out to the most needy people especially in the sub-saharan Africa. (Photo 3)
A new school at Ngaoundere
Fr. Manoj, the Mission Superior of Chad-Cameroon informs that the project of a new school at Ngaoundere in North Cameroon has at last been launched. The school is already functioning with 130 children enrolled for the year 2015-2016 though the official blessing and inauguration of the school is yet to take place. It is indeed a very promising project designed to help the poorest chidlren of the locality. The Fransalians have been working in this area more than 10 years caring for three important missions including the University Parish at Bini-Dang. (Photo 4)
Increase in the Missionary Personnel
The Fransalian Mission in Chad-Cameroon has completed 16 years of its existence. The Mission has gone through very hard times serving one of the poorest populations in the world. This mission is now striking deep roots on the African soil. The number of missionary personnel is ever on the increase. The Mission is also blessed with a number of local vocations having already three indigenous priests. Over 35 local students are in various stages of formation. The increasing number of young priests from India opting to work in this mission is yet another sign of the vitality of this mission.
By the grace of God and with the support and encouragement of so many of our friends in different parts of the world, our Chad-Cameroon Mission is indeed making good progress. Thank you one and all.
P. Thomas Cherukat, MSFS
Greetings from Chad-Cameroon
Dear readers of Agape,
Greetings of peace and joy to all of you from the Chad-Cameroon Mission of the Fransalians, the Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales. I take this opportunity to wish each one of you a Very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
We are in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Jesus the Incarnate Word is the true face of the Father’s Mercy to a fallen humanity. “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Mt. 9.13). We the Fransalians are ever grateful to the Lord and to all of you for strengthening and supporting us in our works of mercy and compassion to the suffering humanity especially in Chad and Cameroon where we continue to live in fear and anxiety in the midst of a growing threat of cross-border violence from extremist groups. In spite of the constant threat of war and conflicts in the region the Mission is making steady progress. We have altogether 10 Mission Centres in Chad-Cameroon with 17 priests and over 35 students in formation. The Mission has gone through 16 years of hard work in the midst of great uncertainties. Faced with a hostile climate and so many widespread diseases like malaria and typhoid, the pioneer missionaries have been able to lay a firm foundation for this mission. The Mission is now focusing on the education of the poorest and providing safe and clean drinking water to villages where vast number of people are deprived of these basic facilities. Our 2 schools in Chad namely in Doba and in Bero are making a great impact in the overall development of the region. We have just started a new school at Ngaoundere which is yet another milestone in the growth of this mission.
I would like to thank each one of you for what you are and for what you do to help us in our work in these missions. I am particularly grateful to the support group, the Freundeskreis in Kahlgrund who under the guidance of Father Thomas Cherukat has been a great help to this mission during the past 10 years. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Freundeskreis, I offer my hearty congratulations and sincere thanks to the members as well as their supporters and collaborators for their commitment and keen interest in helping the poorest of the poor in Africa. I thank all of you for your generous support to our program of Schueler- Patenschaft and the project of Drinking Water. I am happy to acknowledge that over 75 children from Chad and Cameroon have already been sponsored under this program. Besides we have been able to provide clean and safe drinking water to some 6 villages in Chad and in North Cameroon. A big thank you to all of you. Vergelt’s Gott. We count on your continued support for these programs and projects through which we are able to reach out to the most needy people. May the good Lord reward your generosity.
With every good wish