By Simon Delannoy, French volunteer in the Heart’s Home Center in Valparaiso
“Misión País” is a ten-year-old Association belonging to the Chilean Catholic University whose purpose is to build up a holier Chile, a country which would be more united in Christ. This year’s slogan is: “Solid in Christ, we are the Church!”
Upon receiving a phone call from a student friend of ours inviting us to join this association, Sofia, Armando and myself decided to go live this adventure in Casablanca, together with a group of around twenty Chilean youth. “Misión País” consists of a 10-day mission carried out every summer in which the youth go pay very simple gratuitous visits to the people living in the town. We speak about their lives, about God, about the rain or the nice weather… about everything. Everyday many activities are proposed to the children, as well.
I was amazed to see how this Chilean people welcomed us, how happy they were to see us, how thankful they were for the 10 days spent together. There was one providential encounter which particularly touched me with a woman named Mrs. Yolanda. I visited her three times. She’s an elderly woman who had spent more than 20 years in a monastery. At a certain point, she felt obliged to leave the monastery and get married, so as to provide for her ailing father. She now lives alone, since both her husband and daughter have passed away however she her eyes glitter both with hope and mischief. She was really happy to meet us and to introduce us to the whole of her family by means of many photos. The only thing we did was sit and listen to her, but still, I believe it was her who gave us the most. She was so much in love with Jesus. What a beautiful woman! What a blessing to have met her and paid her a visit!”