I get inspired when I go to church on Sunday. The readings, homily, music, and traditions speak to me. I am a part of something much greater when I’m at Mass. Anyone who believes the Church is just a building misses the real truth that the Church is its people. It lives solely through them and their works on Earth.
This Sunday, we had a guest priest, Father Paul. He grew up in the area of Wisconsin where I live, but he has spent most of his life in Tanzania, Africa. His mission is to bring healthcare to the Nkololo, Tanzania people. The Songambele Health Facility serves a community of 250,000 people, who wouldn’t have access to quality health care without its existence.
Father Paul told us that when they created the site plan for the Songambele Hospital their road to get there seemed like a trek up Kilimanjaro Mountain. Each year, he returns to the United States to speak to parishes about the Roads to Life Tanzania, Inc. and raise funds for their ongoing projects.
They have been able through the generosity of donations to build a Reproductive and Child Health Facility, a Clinical Testing Center, and a Chaplain’s Office. Still under construction are an Imaging Pavilion (Xray, Ultrasound, etc.), Latrine, and Mortuary. The Clinical Testing Center has been chosen as a site for an HIV testing and treatment program by Dr’s with Africa.
Plans for 2017-2018 include an Intensive Care Unit, Administration Building, Private 30 bed Ward and the first phase of a Nursing School.
To find out more about Roads to Life Tanzania, Inc. 98% of all funds collected go directly to Songambele.
This is the living church in action.