Sometimes Karen thinks that I wrote a blog post about something....and sometimes I think that she wrote the blog post about it. Then it turns out months have gone by and neither of us wrote the blog post about it. So, I humbly present to you a blog post on World Mission Sunday, which was on October 23, 2022.... better late than never, as the saying goes. I would like to start by asking you to stop and think about the fact that the mission is one in the world. The mission is that of Jesus Christ and it is the same mission that Jesus sent his apostles on in The Great Commission in Matthew 27: 19-20, "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 teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." This is His mission. It is one mission. It started almost 2,000 years ago and continues to this day. We are part of it and you too are part of it, whether on the sent end of the equation or as someone who another is sent to on the other end of the equation. It is all connected and one. We take this day out of the liturgical year to celebrate this fact and to stop and recognize all of the missionary activity that is happening in the world today. Our family is very blessed to be close to a missionary congregation of nuns. They are called in English "The Clare Missionaries of the Most Holy Sacrament" or in Spanish "Misioneras Clarisas del Santisimo Sacramento"
Their website can be found here: http://misionerasclarisas.org
We are blessed to have these like-minded missionaries to work alongside here in Costa Rica. We were very fortunate to be able to help out and participate in their celebration of World Mission Sunday at the daycare center that they run here in Santa Rosa. We were able to employ a local widow who survives by sewing odds and ends for local people. We asked her to sew the costumes for the children that would be used for the songs and dances they were preparing. The children would put on a show of skits from around the world for each of the countries where the missionary sisters have a physical presence. We also were able to employ a local woman who specializes in making arts and crafts to help with the bracelets, hair ties, and headpieces worn during the show. It was a joyous celebration for all and it helped the parents of the children to understand the scope of the mission when they saw their children dressed up in local attire from various parts of the world. They know these nuns and they can see that there are nuns just like them doing the same thing in all of these different countries. It helps to foster missionary spirit and zeal. I hope you enjoy the photos and captions of the celebration that day. Please pray for the mission of Our Lord, Jesus Christ throughout the world and for the missionaries called to this life of mission. Also, mark your calendars for World Mission Sunday 2023, which is October 22, 2023. I hope that you will celebrate it in some way, shape, or form.
|Here are some of the kids wearing the costumes we helped with in front of the map of where the sisters have locations.|
|We helped a local widow who sewed the red parts of these costumes.| C.J., Anna, and Michael all felt called to get up and teach "Cotton-eyed Joe" to the kids.
|These are the typical dresses and dance here in Costa Rica.|
|Look at that mariachi band!|
|The sisters do a great job of reusing the costumes for different countries as can be seen here.|
|I love this little montage that says, "We are not here, we went on missions!"|
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