Next Sunday, July 11, we will be visited by a missionary from the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. Their ministry focuses serving those in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially the homeless, street children, the orphans, children with disabilities, children living with HIV-AIDS, refugees, elderly, youth, single mothers and those affected by the pandemic, which is currently surging in Africa.
The Little Sisters ask for our prayers and financial support of their ministry for the marginalized children who have been impacted greatly by COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute, you can do so through our online giving site, https://stcharlesbklyn.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/LittleSistersofSaintFrancis.
Below is more information about the Little Sisters of St. Francis.
The Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi The Little Sisters of St. Francis (LSOSF) were founded in 1923 in Uganda by an Irish Nun named Mother Mary Kevin Kearney (Servant of God). Since the founding, the Little Sisters of St. Francis Institute has grown and now the sisters witness and do ministry in 23 Dioceses in the East African Countries, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and few sisters in the USA mission. Currently the community has about 800 members in the Institute.
The mission of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi is to spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, following the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, love, care and concern especially the homeless, street children, the orphans, children with disabilities, children living with HIV-Aids, Refugees, elderly, youth, single mothers and currently with people affected by the pandemic and many others.
The COVID-19 pandemic has really affected our ministries. Currently, Africa is experiencing another new wave of the pandemic and the countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania where the Little sisters serve. Unfortunately, many people are pushed into poverty due to lockdown, but the most affected are children. The Little Sisters have been reaching out to families and children and providing education on safety and protection measures. Also, they are working in the front lines, helping the sick people in villages get medical support, disturbing masks and hand soap to families in need, providing food and water and counselling support. During the 1st lockdown, so many children and teens experienced abuse and many young teenage girls of school age got pregnant during the lockdown. Many children who run to the streets to escape diverse problems or abuse and so end up becoming homeless. Therefore, with the lockdowns put in place these homeless children who have no home to go to and struggle to find food. The Little Sisters have been advocating for these children, especially those that are abused and the homeless street children and provide them with shelter, food, healthcare and other basic need.
Therefore, we kindly ask for prayers and financial support for our ministries for the marginalized children who have been impacted greatly by COVID-19 pandemic. May God reward you and bless you for your support.