Two years ago, the Catholic faithful of the parish of Our Lady of Consolation in Lwawu were devastated when torrential rainfall completely destroyed the roof of their church. Their community, in Zambia‘s North-Western Province, not far from the frontier with Angola, simply did not have the money to repair the roof from their own resources. This is an underdeveloped and neglected region where there is widespread poverty. The people love the Church, and their own parish church is the heart of their community, but the cost of replacing the roof was simply too high for them to contemplate.
Fortunately, and thanks to the generosity of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic charity was able to come to the aid of the parish. Initially, ACN gave $6,300 for the new roof and then, when that proved insufficient - since the steel roofing members had to be transported from kilometres away - the charity gave another $2,850.
(Faithful in front of the church with the new roof © Aid to the Church in Need)
Father Kennedy Musekwa has since sent ACN a letter of thanks saying: "When this disaster befell us, my heart was almost broken. I did not know where to turn", he writes. "I thought of all the people around our mission station, looking on despairingly. But your help has brought the Christian life back to our mission. Today we can once more worship God in our church. Every time I enter this church, I ask God to bless all our benefactors. I am humbled by this gesture of love. On behalf of all the people, I give you my heartfelt thanks. May the name of the Lord be praised!"
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