A Vehicle for Pastoral Work in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, which lies in central southern Asia, has an ethnically diverse population of approximately 6.3 million people, over an area of 78,000 square miles. But among the millions, Catholics are a small, scattered minority. There are only three regular parishes, and the Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan consists of six priests, one religious Brother, and five religious Sisters.
In addition to their pastoral work, they also run a number of local institutions for handicapped children, orphans, and victims of drug and alcohol abuse.
But in order to serve the people, the priests and other religious must travel long distances in challenging climates. The country is mountainous, and the winters bring storms, avalanches, and a bitter cold. The road conditions are poor, and the faithful are often remote.
The priests make every effort to reach them, so a robust and reliable vehicle is indispensable. But most of the cars available for pastoral work are at least 10 years old, some more than 20.
Father Adam Malinowski works in the Parish of Dzalalabad. He visits his small chapel and flock in the town of Osh at least once a week. He is also very committed to pastoral and charitable work near Lake Yssykköl, which is no fewer than 600 miles away.
But as of late, his car has spent more time in the repair shop and soon may stop working completely. ACN wants to give him $33,000 for a new and suitable car.
Will you help provide Father Malinowski with a vehicle so he can reach his parishioners and Kyrgyzstan’s people in need?
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