|Fr. Steve dancing in Kenya|
This was the invitation from Carol McBrady, a lay missioner in Zambia, Africa during her presentation at St. John Paul II Catholic Mission a couple of weeks ago. Carol is a life long friend. We have known each other since first grade, went to High School and even two years of college together. 14 years ago she started to help during the summer the street children in Lusaka, Zambia. Then about ten years ago she sold her house, quite her "big" job and moved to Zambia to work full time with the street children. Now Action for Children -- Zambia is going very strong.
|Fr. Steve, Carol and Carol's traveling companion|
I was happy she agreed to come to our small U.S. mission and share her story and her mission. Her principles are very much in keeping with the Glenmary Mission principles. Connect people to faith, give them a home, and let them do for themselves with a gentle guiding hand. She is the only Non-Zambian employed by her organization which has God dancing over 250 times. (One dance for each child reached last year.)
|Esteban Salazar Duque|
|Fr. Antonio with the ladies at St. John Paul II|
|Fr. Steve and Antonio stepping to New York, New York|
Finally, last weekend, The Valley Boys, a local gospel group sang at St. John Paul II Catholic Mission. This group consists of three young men who just graduated from High School. A few weeks earlier they traveled with Br. Craig to the Glenmary Headquarters in Cincinnati, OH as well as four churches in Iowa. There presence at our small Catholic Mission brought visitors from several Baptist churches, the Methodist Church and others to join us for the Mass. For many visitors it was their first time to worship at the Catholic Church. The reason they came was to be inspired by this Gospel Choir from a local Baptist church in Union County. Through their music, Christians from different denominations came together to pray. God danced!!
|The Valley Boys|
All three occasions advanced the mission of God. Through music we learned about God's children in Africa, South America and North America. All of this was an occasion for God to dance.