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A big thanks from Zambia Fathers

 Abril Villarreal-Medina
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Fr. Freeborn, Fr. Godfrey & Fr. ValentineJust a few days ago, Oblate Missions in San Antonio, Texas was graced by the visit of Fr. Freeborn Kibombwe, Fr. Valentine Kalumba, Fr. Godfrey Mpundu Sekula from the Zambia delegation. The Fathers took some time to gather with Oblate Missions leaders to update them about the current state of their affairs in all the Zambian missions. Some of their growing projects include the completion of a building that will house commercial offices to be rented out, an expansion into the neighboring country of Malawi, the maintenance radio station in Lusaka that serves the Archdiocese, the building of a new parish, a small auto repair shop run by members of the community, and a small school for young Zambians.

Although they spoke at length about their current projects, needs, and hopes for the future, Frs. Valentine, Godfrey, and Freeborn did not leave without expressing gratitude for the many blessings they have received over the years. Their Zambia missions -first established in 1984- are particularly thankful to have received the generous help from a kind benefactor in San Antonio to purchase two tractors, which now allows missionaries, seminarians and members of the community to sustain themselves by planting a few fruits and vegetables, and even selling some of the surplus crops in the local markets. The Fathers also wanted to share a few heartfelt words to give their thanks to those that continue to donate and support the African missions.

“We have men working in very difficult missions, but it has all been possible due to your help.” – Fr. Valentine Kalumba

With your help, the missions in Zambia, currently with 42 members, have prepared many young men in the formation ministry and have already shared 6 of them with other parts of the world. It is because of people like you that many village men are able to have another chance at life by learning vocational and agricultural skills, many young women now have a chance at living a dignified life by having a dormitory where they can be educated and looked after, and many hungry children are having their health restored as results of your efforts and generous donations.

Please consider extending your support and donations to the Zambian missions in the future…the men, women, and children of the Zambian missions will be forever grateful! Help them bring more men into formation so they can continue spreading the Good Word throughout Africa and the rest of the world.

Click here to view a clip of the Zambia Fathers sending you their thanks and click here to learn more about the current needs in the Zambian missions.