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Missionary camp at the Chona Postulancy

08/05/2005: Mexico

A group of twenty senior school and university students, three postulants, three scholastics and eleven brothers undertook a missionary camp at Chona, Mexico. They were distributed throughout small communities who have difficulty being served by the priests of the parish.
We present below testimonies from three participants: one brother, one postulant and one aspirant.
“We finished the last of many visits that we had made throughout this short but intense mission in 2005. We were very tired (…), the small truck from the Postulancy bumped along the road with its holes and stones. The generosity of the boys was very impressive, sustained by the generous hearts of my Marist confrères (…) one week is not a long time, but little by little our hearts started to beat in unity.” (Brother Pepe)
“ In thinking about the mission a little bit, I want to say that the enriching thing for me were the experiences that assured me that it was worth being a Marist Brother! … especially those experiences that allowed me to share my ideal with others.” (César, postulant)
“I feel very well; it is not how I thought it would be. It was even better! I never imagined that I would be welcomed so warmly and I told the young girls that I had not come to teach them but to learn from them and that they would tell me how that would be possible. And without intending to, they really taught me a lot of things and I saw Jesus in each one of them and in each one of the children. I had never felt so close to God as during this week. This experience will remain engraved in my memory and I am going to continue to do all that I put into practice during this week; I learnt that these young people need Jesus just as I do, and what is good is that I already feel Jesus is close to me.” (Beto)

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The whole experience is presented in Spanish

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