Sunday, May 29, 2016

International Partner Update - Anawim Home Orphanage

On Tuesday May 24, Sister Oresoa Selo-Ojeme spoke to a group of Nativity parishioners. Sister Oresoa is the founder of the Sisters of the Poorest of the Poor and her order runs the Anawim Home Orphanage outside of Abuja, Nigeria. She came to share her personal story of how she founded her religious order and how she has been called to serve the poor. Everyone who gathered to hear her speak found the presentation compelling, inspiring, and humbling.

Sister Oresoa also offered an update on construction of the secondary school & boarding house. The building is complete and they are currently stocking up on furniture and school supplies so that they can open their doors this fall!

One of our young parishioners shared with Sister that she and her brother had saved up all their own money to buy bricks for the school during Nativity's Advent Giving Campaign. Sister was extremely moved by the story and by the generosity and both ended up hugging and crying. It was a touching moment and Sister filmed the young girl telling her story so that she can show the Anawim children when she returns home.

Sister Oresoa also shared with the parishioners that the political climate and unrest in Nigeria continue to get worse. She is praying for change and peace.

In August, Sister has 10 new Sisters making their vows and joining the order, bringing her total to 30.

We join Sister Oresoa in praying for peace and change in Nigeria. We pray for the completion of the primary school and for all the young children that will be touched by its presence. We pray for Sister Oresoa and the Sisters of the Poorest of the Poor. May God bless them and guide them in their mission to serve our less-fortunate brothers and sisters.

Sister will be attending Mass this Sunday at Nativity. If you see her, be sure to say hello!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

The 410 Bridge: Maternal Healthcare Training

As we gather with our families to celebrate Mother's Day, we thought this would be the perfect time to share an inspiring story from our partners at The 410 Bridge.

Maggie Wanja is the coordinator for the Health and Wellness program in all of the communities that 410 Bridge partners with in Kenya. She started a program called, Maternal Healthcare Training. Maggie saw a need for this particular program because many of the mothers in the community suffered from a lack of knowledge on how to care for themselves through pregnancy, birth, and raising their newborn children.

Maggie is a wonderful teacher who shares vital information and patiently answers the questions of the new mothers and the mothers-to-be. The mothers in the communities feel grateful to have her and are so thankful to have this educational opportunity. Maggie's goal for Maternal Healthcare Training in the communities is to increase knowledge, reduce maternal mortality rates, and increase hospital deliveries.

Take a minute to watch this short video about Maggie's amazing work. And from our family to yours, Happy Mother's Day!