In the Amazon region, boats are a fundamental means for evangelization and pastoral care because the communities are in the middle of the rainforest. Your support helps to bring the Word of God to the indigenous communities
WE PROMISED TO GIVE HELP FOR 79 TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS.
WE STILL NEED TO RAISE: $1,495,539.00
The evangelization in the Amazon region has many challenges. “The central issue is how to reconcile the right to development with the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and the environment,” said Pope Francis at the Forum of the Indigenous People. The population of the area is about 34 million inhabitants. More than three million are indigenous who live scattered in the vast territory. A boat is the only mean of transport that permits the priests, religious, and catechists to visit the communities. For instance, ten parishes and 500 communities belong to the diocese of Coari, which is situated on the banks of two rivers in the middle of the forest. “Boats are vital for our pastoral work. Without them our evangelization and pastoral assistance are not possible,” explains Msgr. Marian Marek, bishop of Coari. They requested support for the purchase of a boat.
There are 600 mission stations in the hilly diocese of Rayagada. The Catechists have a mission to evangelize and empower the people of the community. With your help, we can purchase 31 bicycles to support their pastoral work.
The parish of Makeni has 45 communities with a chapel each, and 44 schools. To carry out the pastoral work, the priest needs a means of transport. With your gift, we can support him with the purchase of a vehicle and enable him to carry out his mission.
The diocese of Impfondo is located in a difficult to access area of Congo. To visit the parishes and communities, the priest needs a new motorcycle. With your help, he will be able to continue his pastoral work.