Zambia Mission: An Accepted Call

“If I could be of service, I would willingly go to any part of the world…” -Nano Nagle, Founder of the Presentation Sisters

 

“Your request to go to Zambia, Africa, has been approved.”

Really? How seriously did I want to go, and did Nano imagine Africa when she voiced her bold statement? Several years ago my friend went to Zambia on a mission trip. There was no doubt that she was eager for this journey of faith. Secretly, I was glad I could not go. I was quite content to support her and the mission from afar.

Now it is different for me. I feel a sense of peace and readiness. I realize I was not called to go five years ago. With the call comes the grace to respond. I think that is what’s different – the grace of God and my desire to respond generously.

Mission Fundamentals

I have travel companions: Sisters Pam and Janice, a married couple – Gloria and Larry, and a friend of the sisters—Shary. We will visit two primary missions. One mission in Kaoma addresses the root causes of poverty by promoting skills to develop a sustainable income from farming, fishing and sewing. Sister Virginia, originally from Mitchell, S.D., leads this project in collaboration with the local villagers. The second mission in Kalomo focuses on youth and young adult ministry. Sister Deb, originally from Mobridge, S.D., serves in this educational, spiritual and life skills endeavor.

A Welcomed Change

In responding to a call, one ought to prepare herself for a conversion. God will not leave us unchanged! There is a passage in the Gospel of Mark that has been coming to me these days prior to going. “You have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear.” Mark 8:18. I will go to Zambia to discover what this passage might mean for me and for us.

Your prayers are welcomed!

We will begin our mission on January 11 and return February 3. Conditions permitting (like electricity), I hope to send updates periodically. Thank you for taking this journey of faith with me.

By Sr. Mary Thomas

Missions Services at Avera McKennan Hospital

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5 Responses to Zambia Mission: An Accepted Call

  1. Terie M January 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    We will be looking forward to hear from you and hopefully some photos also! May God Bless your trip!

  2. Rick Kooima January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I wish for you God’s richest blessings during your mission trip.
    I have travelled to Zambia twice on missions trips and have found the people of Zambia to be open and very pleasant.
    I look forward to hearing more of your mission.

  3. david Schreiner January 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    May God bless your trip and may you serve God with your help to the people of Africa. I hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy meeting the people and learning about their daily culture. I hope to hear about your trip to Zambia!!

  4. Louise Miner January 12, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    What a wonderful journey you are embarking on. As I write this, I picture you will be leaving tomorrow!! Safe travel. Can’t wait to follow your adventures. Sending love, Louise

  5. Betty Barto-Smith January 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I hope to travel to an African mission myself soon, so I eagerly await hearing about your journey. God’s blessings on all of you