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Support Six Religious Sisters in Poor Parishes in Bolivia
They travel to places where a priest can rarely visit. In the poorest, remotest and most inaccessible regions, the Missionary Sisters of Jesus Word and Victim minister to the people in their poverty and abandonment, bringing them hope. The congregation, founded in 1961 in Peru, is active today in seven countries of Latin America.
In the Archdiocese of Sucre in Bolivia, six of these Sisters live and work in three parishes of the Andes. Immediately recognizable by their blue habits, they come from various countries – one from Argentina, five from Peru. The mountain trails are long and difficult, there are poisonous snakes, and the Sisters have to negotiate steep and rocky slopes and sometimes even wade through streams that have turned into rushing torrents as a result of the heavy rainfall.
Even before this, the Sisters have first had to learn the local Quechua language, which is widely spoken by the indigenous population. “That was hard!” recalls Sister Maria Augusta, who has now been working as a missionary for 37 years.
She tells us about her work. “We sometimes travel for 12 to 14 hours on mules or on two wheels, to visit our people, who are hungry for God. By the time we arrive, we are exhausted, but recollected in spirit. The people are waiting for their ‘shepherdesses,’ you see,” she tells us.
The Sisters pray with the people, tend to the sick and comfort the dying in their last moments, bring the people Holy Communion, baptize the children, conduct funerals and liturgies of the Word and give catechetical instruction. They draw strength for their tireless service in these immensely difficult conditions from their contemplative life prayer. At the same time, they also bring the people real practical help in their concrete cares and needs of everyday life. Since there are no doctors available, the Sisters provide whatever medical care and advice they are able to.
The Sisters themselves receive nothing for their ministry of loving service and are completely dependent on outside help. We are proposing to support them in their modest lifestyle with a contribution of $4,300 for the coming year.
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We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.
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