Thank you for always helping and praying for us with a generous heart.
Here is a summary of bulletin No.16 of “Walking Together”.
The photos on page 1 were taken by Shunichi Ishibashi, who visited Lunsar this Apr/May. The left photo shows kids eating mangos.
The following is a greeting from Sr. Elisa Padilla, Superior of Sierra Leone. “With heartfelt gratitude” She talks about her resignation and closes with the following:
“As I move out to another position and community within Sierra Leone I am sure we can continue counting on you. I cannot imagine a Sierra Leone without Japan. God has joined us in His infinite goodness and I am sure He will continue taking us both by the hand. May God bless you! Arigatou gozaimasu!!”
The article on page 2 is a report from Sr. Fumiko Yoshida, talking about how the OLG students have grown up. She talks about her hopes that the school girls will grow up to have a warm heart and to have pride in themselves. The photo on the same page are kindergarten students.
Page 3 is a greeting from Sr. Kazuko Shirahata, who has been released from the hospital after 4 months of hospitalization and rehabilitation. Having wishes to return to Sierra Leone, she still has more rehabilitation. The photo on page 3, shows Shunichi Ishibashi returning from Sierra Leone, talking about Sr. Leticia Legacy’s “Gala Fabric”
On page 4 is a report from Professor Takehiko Ochiai, of Ryukoku University specializing in Modern African politics. He points out that with the outbreak of the Ebola disease a few years ago, there was increased interest in support for Africa. However, there were times when the interests did not necessarily meet the needs of the African people, and just ended up as activity for support organizations. He speaks highly of the Sisters for their dedication to seeking needs by talking directly with the people and for “Walking Together” who has supported their activity.
Taking the quote from the Epistle to the Corinthians (book of the Bible) 4:7 “What do you have that you did not receive?”, he talks about what real support activities mean. The photo on page 4 is from when he visited Lunsar in 2006 and met Sr. Shirahata and Sr. Negishi.
The second half of page 5 is a report from Kako Motosugi, who visited Lunsar this February. She only stayed for 10 days, but talks about how shocked she was and how the visit made her think of “What is happiness?”. On the same page is a photo of Kako with the kids
The report of the charity concert at the Setagaya Catholic Church is on the second half of page 6. The representative Yasushi Kishi, talks about how well the first performance of the chorus group “Church Music Ensemble Jubilate” was received.
On page 7 are letters from supporters. A letter from A.M says “I was shocked reading Dr. Kawashima’s report. At the same time, I had undergone a big surgery, and my life was saved with the highest level of medical treatment. To show my thanks, I would like to donate the same amount of money of my surgery to the Sierra Leone charity.”
A notice from headquarters starts from the second half of page 7 asking again for support in the remaining months, The left photo on page 8 is Sr. Leticia Legacy’s “Gala Fabric”. For each purchase, we will use part of the donation for support. The right photo is a track and field event at RC Boys School.
Representative of Walking Together
(Translator Ayako Nokuo)