“Come follow me”, in answer to the call of God 5 young women from Malawi, Philippines and Indonesia began their journey with the Daughters of Wisdom in Malawi. They started their journey as Pre-novices on May, 7, 2017 the feast day of our foundress Blessed Marie-Louise of Jesus. They share their experience through this small presentation prepared by Sr. Mary Chimalizeni and Pre-novice Yoradyl. God bless you
BY MARIA MWANDUZA.
Novice from Malawi
I was happy to be assigned to go to Fisher Folk area for my exposure. I really had much interest and inspiration of going to stay with the poor, for they made me to be in touch with the reality of life and also it is where I have new discoveries of myself and of God.
We were a group of eleven members, six brothers and five sisters of different nationalities, [Malawi, Philippines, Malta, Vietnam, Indonesian, Haiti, India and South Korea]. When we arrived there, first we were invited to go to the Mayor’s house in order to have a little rest and also he wanted to see and to welcome us before starting our immersion. The Mayor was so grateful seeing us having good will to stay with the poor people in his area. He encouraged us not to be afraid but to feel free as our own homes.
When we arrived we were welcomed by our own foster families. They already knew our names, what was remaining was to meet us. They showed us their good hospitality, just the same as the Mayor did and we really felt at home.
My experiences there was nice, my family members because of their good characters, they helped me to be open to them. I really felt love from my foster family, from people around and mostly from my foster mother. She is an active person, friendly, and supportive, with such good virtues. I did not feel lonely at this new place, as we always stayed together.
My eleven days of staying with the poor, have taught me some things very important. First of all to have open heart in receiving visitors, this is about good hospitality. I helped my family by doing house chores, searching for fire wood and sometimes going to the farm with them. My family offered to me whatever food they managed to find. I ate food made from banana’s heart, from cassava, and from corn. With this much generous heart, I went back home with full of gratitude because of their kindness to me, from them, surely I have learnt how to give.
Our foundress mother Marie Louise, when she was sick, near to die, she was asked to choose who will replace her. In her response, blessed Marie Louise mentioned some of her qualities, prudence, humility and availability, which had helped her as a mother of the congregation. During my exposure, I realized how rich these qualities are, I could see that, just by having time of chatting with my family members, being present to them and available to them, I brought happiness and joy to them. Even though communication was not easy because of the language, with few Tagalog words I was able to speak enough for us to understand each other. We shared our stories together, chatting and sharing of our laughter which will be also their remembrance of me.
However, there are also problems which people are facing in this area especially the difficulty of transportation. Since they have to use boat many children are unable to finish their schooling as they do not have money to travel every day. People are catholic, but because they do not have Eucharistic celebration usually, and also lack of adequate catholic teachings, they have lost their catholic faith, instead they are more in traditional believes. After having these beautiful experiences of journeying with the poor, through the intercession of our founders, blessed Marie Louise, and father de Montfort, I ask for the grace of faith, gentleness, perseverance, courage and hope. Amen.