Fun day with kids of Shangombo, Zambia

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Today I played frisbee and soccer with the kids of Shangombo in Zambia. It was fun watching them chase my poor throws! Now I have to admit I introduced them to frisbee, and they caught on very fast. We played some soccer as well. The kids tend to stay out all day, at least on Saturday.image

Many children and groups meet on the church grounds for prayer or just for play.  Today the team met with parish groups outside on the grounds. We met the choir group and we had a sort of Q&A with singing too!

I also sat in on a youth meeting with Fr. Pius.  The parish youth here have many aspirations to help others in their local community in Shangombo.  Since they have never been outside this very isolated village they wanted me to share with them what it is like to live in America.  They asked me about the food we eat. They asked how children behave and what their interests are. They asked about how I traveled here. They asked about the  environment we live in. It was difficult to explain these things to them because America is so huge and expansive compared to their community. However we had a wonderful conversation.image

Also Fr. Jim’s travel team and church workers painted the second  coat of paint on the church toilets today and now they match the church building colors.  They are getting much closer to finishing the job!

Author: John Wagner

I work for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Illinois in the USA. The Oblates are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers founded after the French Revolution by St. Eugene De Mazenod to work among the poor. Today there are nearly 4,000 missionaries working in more than 60 countries around the world.

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