This year the parish of Lumbila is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its existence. It is the oldest parish in the diocese of Njombe, in the south of Tanzania, and it lies on the shores of Lake Malawi, the ninth-largest lake in the world.
All eight outstations of this parish can be reached by water only, since there are no roads. Until now the priests have hired boats belonging to parish members, but this has become increasingly difficult. With the growing number of Catholic faithful, they now have to make increasingly frequent and lengthy visits to these outstations, with a consequent increase in the cost as well.
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to contribute 16,200 dollars to enable Father Florius Mpete, the parish priest, to purchase a motorboat with which he can now visit the Catholic faithful in the outstations more frequently than before. The boat has already arrived, and Father Florius and his parishioners are overjoyed.
Father Mpete has written to thank us: “The Christians of Lumbila send you their heartfelt thanks for your generous financial support. We are immensely grateful to your benefactors who have given from their own pockets for the proclamation of the Gospel. May God send his abundant blessings on you all and keep you strong in spirit and body in his service!”