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By Sr. Fidelis Jardiel OSB
This is a letter from a Filipino missionary, Sr. Fidelis Jardiel OSB, who works in Nairobi, Africa. Her picture is on the cover this month. Would you like to drop her a line?
Greetings from Nairobi, Kenya. The enclosed photo was taken in the Lerio Valley where the Pokot and Marakwet tribes live. Actually, this photo was taken when I was once for holidays in the valley. These are two Pokot women and a baby we met while visiting some of them who lived nearby. The Pokots are a nomadic tribe, who speak only their own tribal language, very poor and l live in the bush. In the photo, one sees that language is not a barrier when we speak the language of love especially, when we reach out to others and make them feel accepted. The mama of the baby is delighted and full of joy when I myself feel joy in carrying her baby. I think this is a good catechesis in bringing people together, that are brothers and sisters, and that we have on Father, the God who loves us immensely.
May I tell you how I came to Kenya. I already left the Philippines in 1964. after my first profession at Scholastica’s Priority, I was sent to Portugal. I was given a teaching job, Englsih and Music. After, 13 years in Portugal, I was transferred to Peramiho, Tanzania. My stay there was quite short because I was asked to prepare myself for formation work in Kenya. So , in 1980, I came o Nairobi with the coming of two young Ugandan women; one made her final vows on August 6, 1990.
I am now nearing to my 10th year us novice mistress and I thanks God for blessing us with vocations from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Nigeria, and even from the Philippines.
Sr. Fidelis Jardiel OSB