Christmas in the Missions
As the Angels heralded the “Good News” to Mankind . . . You can too.
There’s “Good News” in Africa, in the small nation of Swaziland – and you can be part of it at Christmas and into the New Year! Religious Sisters at St. Phillip’s Home in Manzini are making a difference for the increasing number of children who are orphans from the HIV/AIDS epidemic there. Swaziland is unique in many ways. It is the last
remaining absolute monarchy in Africa and has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world: more than one adult in every four is infected.
Left with no parents, many children are forced to be head of their households, caring for their brothers and sisters. Jobless, unable to attend school, they see no hope on the horizon – until they come to St. Phillip’s Mission and find a “home”!
Be an Angel. Through your prayers and generous help to the Missionary Childhood Association, the children are fed and clothed, and receive medical care and an education. Most importantly, they find listening hearts, loving care – and hope, hope from the Good News of Jesus’ birth, and from the reality of His love alive in the work and witness of the Sisters caring for them, Sisters who are helping them too get ready for Christmas right now.
“The Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus.” -Pope Francis
In the middle of St. Phillip’s Mission is their landmark of hope and Good News. There stands a Catholic church with tall pink clay steeples that glow at sunrise and sunset. The Mission is the center of the community. It has a school, a clinic, a tiny post office, and a small market where people can purchase such provisions as chickens, bread and car fuel.
“Children are a gift,” Pope Francis tells us. And your gifts to the children in Mission countries this Christmas – to children in Swaziland, and throughout the Missions – are your prayers and your generous help.
A gift of $125 will provide care for one child at St. Phillip’s for a year.
Perhaps you can offer that amount or something towards it, maybe $50 or $25. Whatever you provide will be most appreciated, and make you a special angel of mercy and love to these children half a world away.