“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Support a Youth Apostolate in a Remote Region of Ethiopia
For eight years, Father Kenneth Iwuna has worked as a missionary in a remote region of southern Ethiopia. This region is inhabited by the Borana people, a traditionally nomadic ethnic group. But many Borana families are now settling down.
Christianity is still quite new here, but a growing number have joyfully embraced the Good News of Christ. Of the 9,000 people living close to the Holy Cross Parish, which Father Kenneth leads, some 5,000 have already joined and sought baptism.
The young people of the parish are particularly enthusiastic. 250 of them are actively involved in parish life, and Father Kenneth has organized several activities for them, including Bible courses, choral singing, and an annual three-day pastoral program in a neighboring diocese.
Father Kenneth reports, “Most of them have never been anywhere except their own village, so that is an important experience for them: to meet young people from other ethnic groups and share their ideas and experiences.
These young people are growing in their faith and gaining exposure to the Church. These days are an advantage not only for them, but for the whole community. When the young people come back, they share their experiences in the church, and even the older members are very interested in hearing them.” In this way, young people also help to evangelize older generations.
Another Father Kenneth initiative is a catechetical program for couples in Ethiopia who have been baptized but not yet married in the Church, and whose unions need to be made official before they can receive Holy Communion. Many cannot afford rings, festive clothing, or the expected wedding feast, so the parish holds joint marriage ceremonies and helps to provide everything the couples need. “It is an immense relief for these couples to be finally married in the eyes of the Church and able to receive Holy Communion,” Father Kenneth says.
In the past, ACN has assisted with the parish’s offerings. So they can continue in the year 2021, we have offered to send a contribution of $6,100.
Will you give to help Father Kenneth with his youth apostolate in Ethiopia?
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