FRIENDSHIP: WHAT A GIFT
On Friday 8/2/19, the Friends of Mill Hill Missionaries from the parish of Shauri Moyo, Nairobi, paid a visit to the second cycle formation house at Chelsea Marina. The reason was to celebrate the gift of friendship. It was on the day the African Church, particularly in Sudan, was celebrating the solemnity of St. Josephine Bakhita. This evening visit started with mass celebrated in the beautiful chapel of the formation house presided over by Fr. Jakob. He talked passionately about St. Bakhita in relation to the theme of the day: the cost of discipleship. We are all involved in Christ’s mission that demands some kind of sacrifice.
Later we had a shared meal with the formation community. Very delicious as we socialized. The environment was so warm that it gave real meaning to friendship. The students’ representative, Br. Austin thanked the friends from Shauri Moyo for thinking of the missionaries and in particular the formation community at Chelsea Marina. Then Fr. Damien who is the rector, on behalf of the formation house said it was a historic moment in the more than 10 years of the existence of the formation house that the friends were coming together for supper and a social. As he put it, it has taken more than a decade for the distance between the Mill Hill parish in Shauri Moyo and the formation community to be covered. He thanked the visiting friends for their kind gesture. He thanked the friends for always thinking about them and the missionaries at large, and for the seasonal greeting cards they faithfully send out to missionaries.
The representative of the friends, Mr. Richard Owino, said all Christians of Shauri Moyo are friends of Mill Hill and that the friends who had visited the formation house, were only a small committee. He assured the students, especially those from outside the Kenyan borders that they are now part of the Mill Hill family, and they are their parents here for they understand what their parents go through back home. He thanked the formation house for opening their doors to receive the delegation from Shauri Moyo. He assured them that every month the friends meet just to pray for the Missionaries.
It was a good and joyful meeting. As friends prepared to part ways that evening, one thing was clear, they wanted more of such visits so that the friendship may grow stronger and stronger. May God bless the friends of Mill Hill worldwide. May he also bless the mission of the Mill Hill Missionaries.
Francis Makuba mhm