Fund the Work of Franciscan Sisters in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a country with just 18 million people, even though it covers an area of more than one million square miles, or more than a quarter of the United States. Formerly one of the Soviet republics, it has been an independent nation since 1991.
More than 70% of the population is Muslim; some 25% are Christian. Most of these local Christians belong to the Russian Orthodox Church, with Catholics making up a minority of about 300,000 people. Most of them are the descendants of former deportees and come from different ethnic backgrounds.
In the town of Atbassar, 160 miles from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan’s capital, there is a small community of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. They have been working there since 2006 and help the parish with the pastoral care of the faithful. But they are also precious to non-Christians in need. This town is home to approximately 30,000 people; half of them require material support.
The Sisters endeavor to help who they can. Every Thursday in the parish, they give out food, clothing and medication to a hundred people. But every day, more knock on their door, seeking help. The Sisters even distribute coal and firewood that they buy themselves, and at Christmas and Easter, they try to bring a little joy to 50 local children by giving them presents.
ACN plans to support them with a contribution of $4,100.
Will you help fund the work of Franciscan Sisters serving the poor and needy in Kazakhstan?
The Sisters will remember you in their prayers.
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