Letter From the Director

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August 2017

Dear Mission Friend,

I hope you are continuing to enjoy your summer. August is a favorable time of year for leisure activities, so if you have 17 minutes to spare I recommend you watch Pope Francis’ TED Talk. It’s easy to find on YouTube, and if you’ve already seen the video, it would do your spirit good to watch it again.

The overall theme of the Holy Father’s talk is the future, and the overarching message is everyone deserves to share in the future. Pope Francis says many inspiring things during his talk. I would like to highlight a few of his thoughts that I believe are pertinent to our shared mission.

“We are precious, each and every one of us,” Francis says. “Each and every one of us is irreplaceable in the eyes of God.” That means you are precious, and so am I. So is the refugee in Uganda fleeing civil war in South Sudan. So is the child in India yearning for education in a decent school. So is the mother in Colombia worried about feeding her children. So are the Divine Word Missionaries who tend to these people, irreplaceable in the eyes of God.

You are the link between these people who fear for the future and the missionaries who help them overcome that fear. Your generosity allows us to comfort and encourage them. You give of yourself because you already understand the pope’s words: “We all need each other.”

Pope Francis goes on to say, “Through the darkness of today’s conflicts, each and every one of us can become a bright candle.” On behalf of our 6,000 Divine Word Missionaries and the people they serve, I thank you for being a bright candle. You will always be in our prayers. Please remember us in yours as well.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Bro. Daniel Holman SVD
Mission Center Director