The Mission and Community experience in India
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Soon after my profession I was asked by the Delegation to have mission and community experience in India for six months. As a member of the community of Antonia Paris Nilaya and did volunteer service in St. Francis school.
On 2nd of June I inserted myself in the community and in the school. It was a pleasant time for me to be in India as a religious to serve in the vineyard of God.
When I was novice I heard and the XVII General Chapter document also says; “The whole World is homeland to the Missionary of Christ.” At present I am experiencing it. Actually to have an experience as a missionary is beautiful but challenging. This was the first time to adapt a new culture in another country. This made me to sense the spirit of a missionary.
“A Teacher who plant a seed of the future in the heart of each students” I am almost finishing my period of time in the school. I would like to share my experience. It is a grace filled time, to be with the children in the school as a teacher, I consider teaching is not a work, it is a service I render to the children to become a better person in the society and in the world. In the beginning I felt little difficult to communicate and handle the children, because of the language but I enjoyed being with them listening to their innocent way of talking and playful attitude; really it gave me lot of happiness. “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” The service of teaching demands mutual learning like give and take policy. Certainly it is a wonderful experience; I am having at present the first and the best.
Our constitution says; “Let us live fraternally with everyone though they be of different opinions, languages and origins. We should strive to adapt ourselves to the customs of the country where we live.” As I inserted myself in the community where I live, I felt this is my own home; all those who are living with me are my own sisters. That made me to accept the culture, language, place and the persons. The community has given me the good support to do my ministry. I am experiencing the attitudes of the community - loving, caring, helping, sharing, accepting and adjusting and joyfulness at present. My heartfelt thanks to all my community members.
I thank God for this wonderful experience that He has given me and I express my gratitude to the Delegation Superior and the Council members for giving me this great chance to involve in the Missionary Apostolic and community experience. I assure; it will help me to do the ministries in the coming days.
Sr. J.F.L. Dayola RMI
Antonia Paris Nilaya