Lenten Mission 2016
Prolife missionaries in Russia this Lent went out to the community to help six families in destitute situations. Each situation is unique and each person is so grateful for the help. The missionaries focus primarily on expecting mothers so they do not seek abortions, but they know that families need support even after the children are grown past infancy.
"We are helping families and young women in a village about 60 kilometers from Magadan. Gatla is a native village with many single mothers and lots of families struggling with supporting their families"
One such family is the family of Andre. He lives with his young son and daughter. He is a third degree handicap, in Russia this means he cannot work. Having a minimal government pension he is unable to provide food and clothing for his family, so the missionaries visit him once a month to provide for the children.
Many of the families live in houses with little to no heat, or are in danger of starting a fire. The families are so poor they hang rugs on the walls to keep warm in their shanty homes. The missionaries were able to pay the electric bill for Yula, a 17 year-old girl expecting her first baby, her home in the winter drops below 40 degrees. It is imperative the missionaries take care of mothers during their pregnancy so the babies are brought into safe, warm environments where the mother is in good mental state to care for them.
“We are doing works of mercy, and we are being converted by these works too! Our hearts are changing as we are getting to know the poor.”
This is such a gift to be able to serve the poor this past Lent. The kids of the parish see real poverty and are excited to be part of the mission of mercy. Every third Sunday their parish dedicates as the Sunday of Mercy in remembrance of the third hour when Jesus died on the cross. The parish collects food and clothing, and any money they receive from donors like you they buy staples like sugar, rice, and flour to give away to the poor.