Seriously you have to have some mighty strength to survive here. What is really amazing to see are the elderly who come to church. There are old men and women who come, doubled over, limping, or walking on crutches. I don’t know how far they have to walk to get to Church but there is only one Catholic Church in Ouanaminthe so many people have to walk quite a distance and they walk in the dark since Mass is at 6am. Every morning there are two elderly gentlemen who sit in front of me at Mass. One has difficulty kneeling. The other every day brings his Bible, his prayerbook, and an envelope to kneel on so he doesn’t get his pants dirty. After being absent for a couple of days from a bout with a cold, they gave me a big smile and Bonjour upon coming back to Church. Mass Thursday morning is for the group Magistre, which is a charismatic movement for the youth. Here is a conversation between Sr. Gracitane and Kelovensly, a teeny tiny fourth grade girl in the youth group, after Mass. Sr. Gracitane- Oh, you made it to Mass this morning! Good! Kelovensly- Yes, my Sister! Sr. – What time did you wake up this morning? Kel. – Four am. Sr. Gracitane- ah four am! Kel- Yes, Sister and my mother told me to go back to sleep. But I told her no I have to get ready to go to Church. She said get back in bed now! I started crying. Sr- You really wanted to come to Mass today? Kel- Yes Sister. So after I stopped crying, she let me get ready. I took a shower and got dressed and then came! Sr. Well done, my dear!
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