PARAGUAY, Testimonies about the Family Missions 2015, Alexandra Garcete de Sánchez •
This is our second year to go on mission in Melgarejo, a city in the Department del Guaira. Last year we chose Borja…but the Blessed Mother had chosen other people. She closed some doors, and she opened others until we realized where she wanted us to go. And this year the creative result allowed us to verify that it was Melgarejo!
The welcome, openness and warmth that we received from all Melgarejo’s residents were impressive. This year when we called the school principal who had loaned us the facilities for the giant birthday celebration (celebrating the birthday of all children of the town), he told us: “Of course! The school is your home, but I am going to ask something from you: we want a picture of this Blessed Mother because since you celebrated that birthday last year, we have had many blessings and miracles here at the school. We want to have her picture in our school!” And this was a sign for us. She wanted to establish herself at the Valerio Godoy de Melgarejo School.
We already have an impressive testimony from the first two Rosary Campaign missionaries, and they have presented us with a beautiful letter of gratitude in which they express that the Blessed Mother chose them, and that they hope for a total conversion of their community thanks to the picture of the Pilgrim Mother that travels to the homes. She is cordially welcomed, and they always repeat “She is the great missionary, She will work miracles”.
Everyone welcomed us, even the non-Catholics
Another impressive experience was Sr. Agape’s visit; she belongs to the Community of the Evangelical Sisters of Mary, and her short note expressed appreciation for the work we were doing. They found out through the testimony of a mother who took her son the Taller de Niños [Children’s Workshop], and they invited us to visit them. We were so surprised by their name: Evangelical Sisters of Mary and not only that; but also because they told us that in Germany and other countries they know the Schoenstatt Fathers and Sisters of Mary very well, and that they are friends. We visited them, and then to our surprise and admiration, we found out that they knew our Fr. Kentenich and his story very well especially the attachment Fr. Kentenich had with Sr. Basilea, the congregation’s Superior. It was beautiful to share, we sang together, and we shared our experiences. Could this be one more step in our Universal Apostolic Confederation?