Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 16 March

Sister Marli volunteered to help people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Sister Marli volunteered to help people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

The woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?’

John 4:28-29

The Samaritan woman’s exchange with Jesus continues. In the end, she puts aside her water jar and returns to the town to tell everyone about the man she has met and the conversation he had with her.

Conversations can change lives.

Cyclone Idai

In 2018, Sister Marli was sent to work in Meluco, Mozambique with three other sisters. They were still getting to know the local community when warnings for Cyclone Idai in June last year forced them to move. Sister Marli volunteered to help people affected by the severe cyclone.

“The Bishop said since I have experience in hygiene I should go into the communities and talk to people about sanitation, nutrition, and taking care of children. This was very important because of the danger of cholera and other water-borne diseases.”

“One experience I remember vividly. We went to the home of a woman. She wouldn’t talk to us or let us in her home. She refused to receive Aquatabs (water purification tablets) from us. I kept going back to see her and just had normal conversations with her. I showed her love and hugged her. Eventually she admitted she’d been feeling ill. It turned out she had cholera and diarrhoea. I was able to help her get the help she needed and she is now well.”

“This is what I have found most rewarding about being able to help during this cyclone. I am able to talk to people about hygiene and persuade them of its importance. This makes me very happy."

Are there people you see regularly but have never spoken to? That man you pass on the way to work? The woman in the pew behind you at church? What conversations can you initiate this Lent? Who knows what a difference they might make!

Lent prayer

God of miracles, grant me courage to take the first step and strike up a conversation, for with you nothing is impossible. Help me to listen and to share with others, so that together we can all build a better future. Amen.

Act

Why not ring or visit someone you have not spoken to for a long time?

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