|All the volunteers|
|Go! Make others happy! You will know what joy is!|
I was touched by the morning and I wanted to share it with you. The send-off Mass was a bit like a graduation ceremony, complete with a procession to introduce ourselves to the congregation and the rituals of commissioning us for the mission. And just like a graduation, there was also the rehearsal at the beginning of the day.
|The American volunteers|
As I though about these words, I was amazed that I am finally here, about to depart for Fidesco. I remembered when I first learned of Fidesco in 2005 while I was in the Emmanuel School of Mission and how I wanted to be a volunteer for the organization at some point in my life. Then in mid-August 2009, I was in Paray for one of the big summer conferences the Emmanuel Community runs here and I watched the new Fidesco volunteers get commissioned at the same Mass I just participated in. I listened to them introduce their mission countries and projects, sometimes being newly married or with small children who would go on mission too, and how I wanted to be one of them. "Some day," I thought, "I will be in their shoes." After eight years, I am finally in their shoes and I am amazed and grateful for the fulfillment of a dream I have had for a long time. I am humbled to have the opportunity too.
|The volunteers for Rwanda - Rita and I will be in Butare, Jeremie and Timothee will be in Kigali|
|Paray-le-Monial by night|