Father John Hung SVD, Principal of Fu Jen High School, Chiayi, Taiwan greets students at the school. There are 2,600 students in the High School run by the SVD's.
On the eve of the First Mass celebration baptism of adults takes place . Fr. Michael Layugan SVD holds baptism.
Massai in Simanjiro, Tanzania
Fr. Jose Luis Rodriguez SVD blessing the people in Kifangondo, Angola.
Fr. Heinz Kulüke SVD (Superior General) with children in the old village of garbage scavengers, Philippines.
A group of dancing teenagers blesses the archbishop and parish priest of the Sombetini parish (North Tanzania).
Dancing and singing, the people of Sao Lucas, Angola greet the missionary.
On the island of Mindanao, especially in the region of Agusan, the motorcycle is used to transport up to eight people -- as in this picture taken at Santa Maria near Trento, Philippines.

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Divine Word Missionary Magazine

Fall 2015

Join us each week when a Divine Word Missionary reflects upon the Sunday readings. This week Fr. Nicholas Sengson SVD shares his homily reflection for Sunday, December 6, 2015, the Second Sunday of Advent.

"His life is our life, His mission is our mission."


Life here as a chaplain keeps me busy enough.  And even though NO more riding my motorcycle, whenever I need to go to the post office, bank or mini-mart, a taxi is ready to take me.   You might ask what would I need to buy in the store.   My list includes coffee, sugar, jam, ketchup, and soap for bathing and washing clothes.   Yes, now I have an electric washing machine.  My breakfast normally is three slices of toasted bread.   As you can picture my life now has changes so much since my arrival here 52 years ago.

Speaking about changes I am now able to watch baseball and football games on my television.  On top of this I can get CNN and BBC all day long.   These programs are on my Indovision dish.   Any as you know on my cell phone I can call directly to my brothers and close relatives in America.   The cost for ten minutes comes to not more than 40 cents.   How is it possible?  Just unbelievable!  But don’t ask about the mail service.  It is even worse than I first arrived.   Now delivery will take two to three months.   But on the whole I cannot complain.   Well anyway this being the case, I had better get this letter in the mail this week, TWO months before Christmas.

Once again a very “JOYFUL CHRISTMAS” and a BLESSED NEW YEAR”.

Sincerely with Christmas Joy,

Father Nick Strawn SVD

Editors note:  This is an excerpt from Fr. Nick Strawn a Divine Word Missionary’s recent Christmas letter who has been stationed in Indonesia for the last 52 years.