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Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Providence is there, indeed!

The Providence is there, indeed!
As everywhere in Bozoum too the Lenten journey continues. The preparation of a hundred children, young people and adults to the sacrament of Baptism intensifies. Each Sunday, after Mass, I meet them for a brief catechesis.
Every Friday afternoon a good number of Christians gather for the “Via Crucis”: the way to the Cross, with the 14 stations, where we stop to read, reflect and pray about the Passion of Jesus.
Monday morning we are on the road again! After a brief stop in Bouar, in the afternoon I reach the border with Cameroon. Are with me Fr. Enrico, Fr. Cyriaque and Fabrice Belaguina (a student of “St. Augustin” High School). He now attends the Faculty of Economics at the University of Bertoua. We easily pass the border, and continue towards Bertoua, where we spend the night. Tuesday morning we leave at 5.30am, and at the end around noon we are in the Cameroon capital, Yaounde (850 km from Bozoum).
Here we meet with joy our Carmelite confreres who work here, in the two houses of Nkoabang (parish) and Nkolbisson (House of formation). In the evening from Italy arrives Father Saverio, our Provincial Superior. During a couple of days we meet to discuss the collaboration between our two delegations: here in Yaounde there are our young Friars who study theology, while in Central Africa there are some young Cameroonians for their time of Novitiate and others studying Philosophy.
In these days I experience once more how God’s Providence does not know limits. Saturday morning I received a good news: the Italian Cooperation gave its agreement to finance a photo printer machine for our St. Augustin High School which will give us the possibility to print the school texts. But I I’m facing a problem: the times are very tight. There is a container that is about to leave towards Central Africa, and the machine (200 kg) must be in stock by Thursday. I am traveling, and I trust myself and the all operation to Providence. Here begins an exchange of e-mails, phone calls, messages between Yaounde, Khartoum (Sudan), Bangui, Arenzano, Genoa and Milan. Despite the snow and bureaucratic obstacles, Wednesday night the machine is in stock in Arenzano. I have to tank Andrea, Muhameda, Fr. Davide, Vincenzo, Veronica, Thomas, Andrea, and Domenico.
 Isn’t everything: I did entrust to the Providence the problem which took place when the Caritas car, last January came out destroyed from a very bad accident. I tried to knock at the door of some Organizations, but I didn’t find anybody willing to help us. So I launched a message on Facebook, and in a short time some friends began answering. On the 13,000 euros needed to buy a used car much needed by Caritas, we have already received 4,513 euros.
Manzoni writes in the "Promessi sposi": "The Providence is there, indeed!”.
And how true it is!

Via Crucis

ancora gli orti di Bozoum
toujours les jardins potagers de Bozoum

riunione tra Padri del Centrafrica e del Camerun (e Italia, Nigeria ecc..)
réunion entre Pères du Cameroun et de Centrafrique (et Italie, Nigéria etc)

P.Saverio e p.Domenico

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