Thank you for always helping and praying for us with generous heart.
Here is bulletin No.10 of “Walking Together”. The content summary is as follows.
On page 1 is a e-mail from Sr. Fumiko Yoshida, expressing her joy and thanks on the the declaration of the containment of the Ebola Disease (Ebola Free) in Sierra Leona on November 7th. The photo below was taken by Minami Someya, who submitted her “Sierra Leona Experience Interview”, which you can find on page 7.
The report from Sr. Kazuko Shirahata, who has temporarily returned to Japan for treatment on her knee, is on page 2. As she continues her treatment, she speaks of her desire to return to Sierra Leona. She adds her feeling of joy about the “Ebola Free” news.
On the latter part of page 3 are messages from students, teachers, and parents of OLG Schools and the Maria Ines Vocational Center. They give their thanks to efforts such as food supplies while the schools were closed and university scholarships.
Q&A to Sr. Shirahata can be found on pages 4-5.
Q1. Where can you find a Clarissan Missionary Sisters facility in Sierra Leona, other than at OLG Schools?
Q2. From Sr. Shirahata’s viewpoint , how has Sierra Leona changed in the last 40 years?
Q3. What kind of role does the Clarissan Missionary Sisters facility play in the world?
Q4. How did you spend your childhood?
Answers to these questions were answered by Sr. Shirahata.
Page 6, comments from supporters all over Japan.
In the right column on page 6 is information from the head office covering the 2016 head office meeting reports and support funds situation, etc. With funds from so many supporters, we were once again able to send support funds. The photo on page 7 shows the visit made to the grave of Sr. Michiko Negishi, who passed away 2013/11/1.
On pages 7-8 is a report from Minami Someya on her experience volunteering at OLG School for a month before she graduated college last spring.
She headed to Sierra Leona hoping to support the kids there. She talks about what she learned and the many emotions she felt during her one month trip.
Due to internet troubles, Sr. Fumiko Yoshida’s report did not make the bulletin, so please see the attached. In this attachment, Sr. Yoshida writes “When Ebola Free was declared on November 7th, I thought many would explode with joy of the news ,but it was a day of prayers for Islams and Christians, for victims and their families…” The photos show kindergarten students enjoying a special annual lunch with beef donated by supporters and home economics students of the Vocational Center taking a West Africa Graduation Test.
It was a busy year, but we appreciate your support and being able to send these reports mainly around the declaration of the containment of the Ebola Disease.
We hope you have a Christmas and New Year’s filled with God’s blessings.
Katsujiro Kanno（Translator: Ayako Nokuo）