In the beginning of September, a group of novices: Constantine, Oliver, Nhlanhla and Clement started their apostolate in Salvation House at Makeni to be with the poor young people who came from the streets of Lusaka and out of the kindness of Mama Carol McBrady found a home where love, comfort and family values reign supreme.
When they first went there they had a mixture of feelings welling up inside them: pity, sorry for, compassion, regret, uncertainty and charity, but above all a feeling of willingness to help, serve and educate these poor souls that they have learnt from their Lord Jesus out of His compassion and mercy for humanity.
The novices had the best experience with the young, because the young people became a gift from God to them and their growth in vocation to serve the needy and to be brothers to them. In those two last months (September and October), the four novices spent with the youth a time of wonders; they taught them to cherish the gift of life in its holistic aspects, including religious and moral too. The youngsters also learnt to value all that human beings are and the novices have shared with them hope and happiness: that life has a lot to offer, including the peace and joy of Christ in one’s heart.
The people say that “what has a beginning has also an end; those who have met shall meet once again.” Now the novices have reached the end of October and they have to say “Goodbye” to the young people in the Salvation House who have made a great impact in the four novices’ lives.
“A greedy man never prospers,” thus the novices have moved on with new experiences and relinquished their presence with those beloved souls for another apostolate, starting from the beginning of November. They have handed them over to capable hands of two more of their brothers, novices: Thabo and Godfrey. With the help of Nhlanhla and Clement they are going to continue the work our Lord Jesus and our founder Don Bosco entrusted to them: to evangelize and educate the young ones.
Through all this one can say that “may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ remain with them always.”