Author Archive for: ‘marythomas’

Journey of Faith

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Among the faces of Zambia are the Presentation women who took Nano’s desire to be of service anywhere in the world to heart. They claimed her vision as their own and left family and the familiar to embark on a faith journey. The Presentation women here have come from Ireland, India and the United States. They have been joined by …

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Living a Joyful Life

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I am back to my reflective mode. More than once when people return home after visiting a developing country, I hear them say, “The people are so happy, yet they have so little. In fact, they are happier than we are and we have so much”. I am often discomforted by this assessment in that just maybe we can be …

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Victoria Falls and Wildlife

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Last week, we went to Livingston and put on the hat of a tourist for a few days. We went to see Victoria Falls, one of the major wonders of the world. Given that this is the rainy season, the falls were in full force. All I can say is the display was majestic. The spray is so intense that …

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Experiencing Lifetime Relationships

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Today, I have lots of questions. I have been reflecting on how we arrive at a new location, meet and serve with the local people and then comes the leave taking. In the parting is the realization that we may not meet again in this lifetime and this experience is bittersweet. The questions that bubble up within me are: Is …

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Reflections On Life While In Zambia

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I have been reflecting on how life as usual can foster a healthy rhythm for us. It can also create a dullness of spirit when my spiritual life becomes too routine. Unknowingly, I may re-create God to fit my limited experience of life. I can create an image of God that does not challenge my assumptions of life. Sometimes I …

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Building a Future

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This is the rainy season so the Zambian countryside is lush and green; consequently, the grasses grow quickly. The picture below shows the men working and cutting the grass with a tool called a slasher. The grass will be used for hay. A couple of Presentation donors are contributing to the building of a hostel for girls who live in …

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Home Based Care Clinics

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Sister Theresa is a nurse at Kalomo and operates a number of home based care clinics – at least that is what I call the visits because she goes to one location and the people come to her. Sister Theresa has two women who are carers and who know what is happening with the people in their area. They help Sister with …

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Arriving in Lusaka

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This comes to you from Zambia! The trip to Lusaka went very well. All the luggage arrived and Customs waved us through with hardly a glance. We felt surrounded by a cloud of prayer. Thank you!   Today was the day to meet Chanda Chewe Luchemba. To give you a brief context, Sister Deb knew of a medical student from …

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The Journey Begins

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As people learn of my mission trip to Zambia, many comment on others who have gone there. Who knew that Zambia was a practically a destination site? Well, I am almost out the door now with two huge suitcases plus my personal suitcase. Beware, when mission people know you are coming there is a lot that they can imagine to …

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Greetings from Sister Mary Thomas

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“Your request to go to Zambia, Africa, has been approved.” Really? How seriously did I want to go, and did Nano imagine Africa when she voiced her bold statement? Several years ago, my friend went to Zambia on a mission trip. There was no doubt that she was eager for this journey of faith. Secretly, I was glad I could …

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