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Pastoral experience for second year novices, Kenya - Year 2015
 

“We will leave all, carrying Jesus with us, as Mary did, for without Jesus nothing is possible…”With this powerful inspiration of our Mother Foundress, on the7th January 2015 we set off for our pastoral experience. We met and shared life with different people in different places: St. Martin organization in Nyahururu dealing with mentally and physically challenged adults, girls rescued from abusive situations, and children with HIV/Aids; in Nyumba ya Wazee – Kasarani run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, who take care of the elderly.

My experience has been a special time of growth. By listening to the people, I lived our charism of reparation in the spirit of openness and hospitality. Seeing how committed the persons with disabilities were by using their gifts to earn a living, I have confirmed that every human being is important and useful. The beneficiaries have taught me the need to be happy and to trust in Divine providence amidst sufferings.
Novice Rasoanambinina Lydia

My pastoral work was a wonderful experience. Where I always found joy in attending to the beneficiaries in different ways such as helping them take shower, feeding them and laying them to bed. The different interactions I had were of much transformation thus helping me to live better the charism of reparation and to find God in everybody.
Novice Harena Francia Sidone

Having a chance to live with the poor, the sick and the marginalized was the greatest joy I ever had because I knew that they needed me and my services as well. I knew very little about the fact that they had something to give me beyond service. I realized that there was much more to receive than to give. This helped me to discover my abilities and disabilities thus deepening the meaning of reparation; the meaning of love.
Novice Josephine Nassuuna

I had such an enriching, edifying and transforming experience. My encounters with the weak, marginalized and vulnerable persons offered me a glimpse of God’s love from which I realized the importance of recognizing and appreciating the gift of life and sharing it with those around me. I came to appreciate the fact that there is a lot of potential in persons with disabilities; a challenge to appreciate my/our limitations hence working towards complementing each other.
Novice Jane Wairimu Gatungu

We thank God for the support, encouragement, generosity and love of the Little Sisters of the Poor and St. Martin fraternity towards our joyful and fruitful experience. We cannot thank enough the novice mistress, the novitiate community and the entire SMR family for your prayers, material and moral support. Our zeal for making Christ known, loved and adored was evident throughout our experience. We desire to courageously live the “magis” as we transmit the fruits of our experience daily for the glory of God and reparation.