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Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:20

FOCUS Missionaries in Mendi: Mission Accomplished

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FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) from the USA arrived in Mendi less than two weeks ago.  They jumped right into their mission: working with the people of Sare outstation of Sumi Pastoral Area to build a permanent church building, replacing bush-material church which was literally falling down.  With the help of many hands, and under the leadership

of Father Isaiah Timba, parish priest, the project moved at a near miraculous pace.

Sare village is not accessible by road.  People carried all of the necessary materials (sand, cement, timber, roofing iron, etc.), up and down the mountainous countryside dreaming of their new church.

The five FOCUS missionaries stayed with the people and shared their life during the entire experience.  There was a mutual sharing of belief in Jesus Christ.  It was a true expression of what it means to be 'catholic'.

The culmination of the experience was the blessing of the new church presided over by Bishop Donald.  Hundreds of people from all over the Sumi Pastoral Area, many walking for several hours, came to celebrate the joyful festivities.

The church is under the patronage of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, a Capuchin-Franciscan friar and Doctor of the Church.

The people expressed their gratitude and love for the five 'missionary disciiples' of Jesus as the celebration drew to a close.  Hearts were touched lives were changed. 

The FOCUS missionaries will continue this first PNG mission in Madang before returning to the USA.

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