Dear Friends of Education for life
I am reflecting on this past credible year (2012). I am humbled by the growth; outreach and overwhelming support that has made this programme grow. We created unity and the relationship that has made us bond together since I arrived in this office in 2009. I have seen other Dioceses rise from the ashes of war, some struggling to survive. But with one voice we have moved and were encouraged by Bishop Mvemve. It was also said by Bishop Mvemve “Forward we are going, backwards we are not.” .I have heard their voices; seen the impact of heart centered leadership and how it ripples into the nation of Southern Africa.
I have witnessed the workshops that were taking place all over, taking different ages, from Church, Communities Schools and even in prison. All this comes from the love of God, the Church and the Society. You are awakening to a deeper life, serving from the bottom of your hearts. Education for life is not only a programme that takes place in the Church; we have many others and they are giving each and everyone strength to leave and trust God. Education for life needs some wings to fly, which is the reasons we need to journey together with all other programmes that the Church has. The programme is made especially because of you and your willingness to respond with all your hearts that has made Education for Life reach even higher levels of expectation.
Having inspiring Coordinators, being socially conscious, and realizing spiritual gifts in each other. We have an uplifted spirit of (Ubuntu) and counting our blessings with the gift of humanity through our youth and amongst us as servants of God; we gave others the chance to see the following: 1) The Love of God. 2) How to serve without having a reward in this world only trusting God. 3) How to grow into full maturity as our emblem reminds us:
2013 is the year of overcoming our challenges, not only from the Youth Office but at large, in our local churches and dioceses. We are remarkable Servants of Christ. To work with the Youth is not a time of travelling or time of Socializing; it is a time to build humanity and make it be a reality. My reflecting on the Vatican City: XIII ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Faith and Good Works are married all the time. “Go therefore and make disciples of all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look i am with you always; yes to the end of time”: (Mathew 28:19-20). Beautiful Scripture! We need to put it into action. We are required by our Christian Faith to bring Faith, Love and Hope to our Youth. 2013 is challenging me and you. Together we can! Many programmes are collapsing on the way; let us build them together again.
Let us welcome everyone in Faith: Spreading the good news and trusting God that we will change our mindset this year of 2013. “I have been found by those who did not seek me: I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me”. (Roman 10:20)
Reflection by: Sr Victoria Sibisi fcscj SACBC Youth Office.