While Mission friends in the Northern hemisphere are looking forward to summer, priests, pastoral assistants and sisters serving our rural Missions will be delivering blankets to the poorest and most needy families.
It will be such a blessing if 'your' blanket is one of them. Because it is the only thing that can protect rural Zulu people from freezing weather.
Most live in traditional mud huts with no hot running
water or electricity for heating and cooking. A small, smoky fire
in the middle of the bare earthen floor is as good as it gets.
Furniture is sparse. What does exist is usually made from scraps of collected wood nailed together. A proper bed with a mattress is a luxury few can afford. Most people sleep on a traditional thin grass mat on the floor.
It's bad enough for someone who is young and healthy. But you can imagine how difficult it must be for sick or elderly people.
You can also
imagine the difference that a warm soft blanket would make! So please, will you help provide a blanket or two for the poorest and most vulnerable Mission families?
It will mean more than you can imagine. Because – on days when you would put on your winter coat, or waterproof padded jacket to venture out – our people will wrap themselves in a blanket.
For a young man sitting on a rock watching over his family’s cattle, sheep or
goats, a warm blanket is a godsend.
It’s not unusual for rural people in remote areas to die of exposure during our winters.
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