by ACIM ASIA
Preparation Day: July 24, 2011
The community hall & location of the mission
Yet again this year, we will try to share with you our work during the Rosa Mystica medical mission in the Philippines. This is the fifth year it is being held.
A great number of volunteers came from far horizons: from Ireland to Canada, from Singapore to France, from Switzerland to Malaysia, and at the same time from the United States, South Korea and Belgium. None hesitated to fly over oceans and seas in order to give their generosity and time to the disadvantaged. We must also not forget the benevolent Filipinos, without whom the mission could not have taken place. They have worked for a number of months to ensure the smooth operation of this week-long mission.
This year, we are based in Manila not far from the Church of Our Lady of Victories, a priory of the Society of St Pius X. Fr. Onoda, who welcomes us warmly, understands very well that in this combat for the Faith, Tradition must not hesitate to follow Providence. The latter exhorts us not to entrench ourselves in our sacristies alone (as certain persons would prefer), but instead to give testimony of the divine mercy.
Loading the boxes of medicine unto the army trucks
Transferring the medicine into the pharmacy
Organising the medicine
24 July, Sunday
1300h: Arrival at Barangay Mariana (the location of the mission) of the first convoy of volunteers and medicine. A human chain organises itself rapidly in order to unpack the medicine, while singing at the same time in order to maintain the tempo!
1400h: The first official reunion is presided over by Fr. Daniel Couture in the presence of local personalities and community leaders, so as to give each volunteer his tag and to insist on the spiritual dimension of the mission. Certainly, we all have a temporal mission to fulfil, but as Dr. Dickes mentioned, we heal the body with a charity that will also help to elevate the soul spiritually.
Orientation and briefing before the Mission
To conclude, here is a quote from the Volunteers’ Prayer:
you in advance for accompanying us with your prayers throughout this
Fr. Couture and Dr. Dickes, directors of the Mission