From “Bambo Ramon” community, Milange, Mozambique, I want to share a bit of my experience of less than a year. We are an intercultural and intergenerational community made up of five sisters, four in perpetual vows and a junior who is sharing her experience with you.

The first thing I did was integration to make good community coexistence possible, knowing that we are all people of values, but also of limitations. Spontaneity, the space to share and the simplicity are elements that help me a lot in other dimensions of life to continue living my dedication to God and to my brothers and sisters with joy.

I dedicate my time, among other things, to visiting families, talking with them, listening to them and sharing with them, from the values of the gospel, in a very creative way because many are from other churches or sects. Although they are very poor families, it is a joy for me to see them also happy and above all always sharing what they have with us, the sharing that comes from the heart is a grace.

When I arrived at the mission, the weather was dry; everything seemed like a desert, lifeless, a time of great hunger for the people. But what caught my attention was seeing almost all the people preparing the land, even though it was dry. These people prepared the land in the hope that when it rained, they would be able to sow and have something to eat.

Then, I learned that hope is not theory but life itself that introduces us to the dynamics of living trusting in something that does not know if it will come or not, with the only certainty that if it comes then there will be life.

When the rainy season came, everything was green and full of life. Then I learned to read the gospel through the joy of the people who sowed the seeds with the hope that God would put his hand on it and recognizing that the human being does the part of Him, and God takes care of the rest.

These aspects help me while I have been waiting for a place in the public function, for almost a year, hoping to make a presence and make my contribution as a professor of Philosophy and Ethics according to my professional training.

While I wait for the job, I collaborate in the Catholic University, in the distance courses, supporting the modules of Social Ethics and Theological Foundations and also helping out by giving explanations of Philosophy and History to the young women who are doing an experience of vocational discernment in our community.

Both at the Catholic University and with our young women I learn and discover that it is not enough to put ourselves in the place of the other and that going back to the past helps us to put ourselves in their place and discover new methods that help in learning.

It is not enough to master the subject and present the theories well if the other does not understand, it is also important to know how to be quiet and look at him with tenderness and ask patiently to invite him to be confident and make him believe that he has the capabilities to go further. It is important to establish a dialogue, even for a short time, to get to know and get an idea of the person with whom we are working.

They help me to understand that the problem is not only the other’s but also my inability to not have a suitable method for some and then it is an opportunity for discovery and maturity, because every day we learn something new.

One of the most beautiful things is to always find the space and moment of recollection from reading, silence or contemplation of nature, this allows me to understand the simplicity of life every day and that, from young age, God calls us to be a sign of his presence.

A fraternal hug.

Rafaela Francisco Vasco
Community “Ramón Zubieta”
Milange. Zambezia. Mozambique

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