|El Nino at BTC|
|El Nino at JP II|
|BTC reverence of the child Jesus|
At Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission, Maynardville the folks placed a very large image of the child Jesus, known as "El Nino" on the lap of one of our young mothers. Individuals then approached the child on their knees and kissed the infant Jesus and then they were given a bag of candy. Where as at Blessed John Paul II, Rutledge they dressed the child with handmade clothes, then took him around for everyone to honor and finally placed him on a throne like an infant king. The reverance and care they put into this this prayer ritual demonstrates a deep appreciation for Jesus. It may too, represent a strong sense of family life and the importance of children. Either way, it is beautiful to be a part of it.
|JP II the dressing of the infant|
|John and Lourdes presenting at JP II|
In light of this being such a tough winter with electric bills high because of the cold, children at home instead of in school which means more meals, and little outdoor work for those in construction and agriculture, we presented a few families with some food. It was not much, but hopefully it made a difference.
|Joe and Sarah preparing the food for delivery|
We were happy to present Donna to the local community during these basket delivery. She is our first long term volunteer for the "Toppa Joppa" Glenmary volunteer program. She is a mother and grandmother, speaks Spanish and served in Liberia, Africa before joining us for one year in mission here. Just one more dimension of our on-going missionary ministry.
|Donna, our first long term volunteer|
With all these presentations, please dear reader, present your prayers to our Lord for his continued blessings on these missions.
|Chuck, our faithful driver|