ACN Project of the Week – Malawi

Success Story: A Vehicle for the Carmelite Sisters in Zomba

Since 2003, there has been a Carmelite convent in the diocese of Zomba in southern Malawi. There are eleven Sisters living there at present, their lives devoted entirely to a life of contemplation. They are praying for the salvation of the world and especially for the sanctification of priests. And there are a number of young women who would like to join them.

The local Catholic faithful are delighted at the presence of the Sisters and they are happy to support them as much as possible. But unfortunately, they are very poor. The dry season lasts for eight months of the year. And so, the nuns share the little they have with the poor who come knocking at their door.

Transporting flour to make the Bread of Angels!

The Sisters earn a modest living by baking hosts for the diocese. Initially there were few customers, but the demand grew steadily and they are now fulfilling orders not only from their own diocese, but also from other dioceses in this country in southeastern Africa. But there was one problem facing them. They did not have a vehicle to transport the heavy sacks of flour they needed. Occasionally they were able to find someone to help them with the transport, but this was only a stop-gap solution. They had previously owned an old vehicle, but over time, it needed more and more repairs.

Thanks to the help of our benefactors who donated $37,000, the Sisters were able to purchase a new vehicle with which they can now transport the flour and anything else they need. Since the roads in many African countries are in very poor condition, they needed a sturdy all-terrain vehicle; otherwise they would be faced with constant breakdowns.

The Sisters are overjoyed with this help. They write, “We are very happy with this car. May God bless you and reward you a hundredfold! He who can read all hearts can see how grateful we are!”

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