I am Sr. Marie Ange Ndayishimiye, I am Burundian missionary in Mauritania. I am in my third year on this desert land, warm and endearing. I thank Jesus Christ who, by his goodness, made me hear his words of sending on mission: “go to my vineyard, you too, and I will give you what is right. “I went there, body and soul, and since then I have had no regrets.
Mauritania, in addition to its dunes, is a beautiful country where certain ethnic groups raise cows, camels, sheep, goats, etc. In some places, such as Rosso, and in other villages, rice and vegetables are grown and, above all, there are places planted with date palms. Come and you will see how good the Lord is!
There are a good number of Muslim families who ask us to pray for them. My presence here, like that of the whole Church, is appreciated. I visit them in happy times as well as in trials.
On Sunday, May 8, sr. Mia replaced me to be with our children from the vocational group since I had left for an educational outing with a group of college students in Rosso. These children have benefited from the teachings linked to the vocation of following Christ as a priest, as a religious, or in marriage. A couple, a priest and two nuns gave them testimonies on the following of Christ.
In Rosso, the first church on which there is the cross, was founded in 1957. The community has less than twenty Christians. The children animated the mass of the day of vocations and this gave new life to the members of this Church.
In this photo, it is all the Christians who were there on May 8 with our children from the “Maison du Quartier”. After the mass, we established friendly relations as if we had been together for several years. The Church is a family. This is how the message of Christ takes root in our lives and makes us experience true brotherhood.
sr. Marie Ange, community of Nouaktchott (Mauritania)