14/10/2019

GEV School takes place in Dombe / Mozambique

The GEV School is held in Dombe / Mozambique, which brought together members of several Esperança Viva groups to carry out missionary formation in the community of Fazenda da Esperança.

GEV School takes place in Dombe / Mozambique

All members gathered at the Women's Farm for breakfast and then the women went to the Men's Farm to begin the meeting. At 8: 30min said the rosary interspersing the prayers in English and Portuguese and meditation on the Word of the day. The floor was then given to Mission Officer Ildo Foppa, Women's Farm Manager Marta and the GEV Regional Manager for Africa. Always with English translation.

There were some communions of experiences that moved everyone.

Alicete reported that there are 12 GEVs groups acting and more 2 support groups in their region.

Following were presented all the groups that were present at the meeting: Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa and Brazil. Regional presentation of all GEVs in the world, Maurício Bovo. In his speech made it clear that the purpose of the meeting is: "Knowing the tree, its roots, how it feeds, because if we know how to take care of it the fruits will be many."

A moment of lunch break at Fazenda Feminina and after the theme began with the couple Iraci and Ildo Foppa, where they briefly told how they got to know Fazenda da Esperança, the Focolares movement, Friar Hans and Nelson and were invited. to take charge of the men's farm of São Rafael de Casca / RS in 1995, near 40km from the city where they lived. At first they didn't understand why they needed to love all the time, but as the days went on they experienced a lot and love radiated between them. After a long period when they were already living outside the farm, they were invited back to Mozambique and are currently living in Dombe. He also reported how the moments after Cyclone Idai went.

Ildo ended his speech by reporting that in 2000 he was with Nelson in talks to set up a GEV, feeling the need of the Es, in which when leaving the Farm could have a meeting group to share.

After a coffee break and return with theme feedbacks. Concluding the meeting with the Mass at 18h, following dinner and waiting for Father Emerson Anizi and 2 members of the parish of Botucatu / SP.

On the third day of the meeting (09 / 10) was given by the heads of Female and Male Farms with third and meditation of the word, "Lord we teach to pray." Martha mused the word with her experience of moments lived in Cyclone Idai.

In the second moment Edinaldo reported his trip to the farm, his brother's help and his knowledge of GEV. After a while he relapsed and asked the Farm again for help. He finished his year, went home, and soon returned to help with the San Francisco Feast. At this time Nelson asked to stay and help in an African Farm, so it stirred his heart, talked with his family and gave himself to this work, since then 1 year and 8 months that is in the Male Farm in Dombe and intends to stay as long as God wills.

It was Edinaldo who painted the Chitaitai Nursery and in one last painting he felt very sad and when he left he looked at the sky and saw a beautiful rainbow and this was the answer that he was not alone (God was here).

After the break the theme of the Family of Hope began with João Paulo and Maria (leaders of Angola), telling a little about the beginning of the Family of Hope, about the charisma and the steps to become a member of the Family of Hope.

The afternoon theme with Father Emerson "Living the Gospel". In which briefly told about his childhood, adolescence to the present moment. In his words he brought a charism that spread to everyone and about how important the experience of the word is. If the word is our strength, no one will make us weak. The word does not condemn, does not judge, it shows how to be better. It must be clear that the only dependence is on God.

End of the theme with division of groups for communion of souls. After mass and dinner.

On the fourth day of the meeting (10 / 10) began with third and reading the gospel of the day, taught by the South African group with meditation. Sister Maria Filomena also meditated on the word by reporting that she is from Brazil and is two months in the mission of Dombe.

In the second moment, Mauricio Bovo began his study of the regulation and reality of the Esperança Viva group (GEV). Two Brazilians, Rafael who is a GEV ES from Picos / PI and continues to attend the same assiduously and Ronaldo who is an ES from Fazenda da Esperança and currently is the regional head of GEVs do Sul / RS, shared about the various activities that his GEVs perform.

The afternoon was a division of groups for the study of the GEV regulation and notation of doubts so that when everyone returned these doubts were clarified.

Following was attended Mass, Adoration of the Blessed and dinner.

The fifth day (11 / 10) started with third, reading and meditation of the word with João Paulo (head of Farms of Angola). Subsequently, the questions concerning doubts of the GEV Regulation were continued.

In the afternoon the group performed free activities (soccer, rehearsal singing for the San Francisco Party, outing).

Mass at 18h with the delivery of the formation certificate of the GEV International Missionary School for the South African Group, which will be returning home tomorrow morning. Some members joined the Family of Hope by making the Pact and others renewed their vows. Following dinner and Cultural Moment with the recovering men's, women's farm and missionary school.

On Saturday (12 / 10) we had the 1 ° Feast of San Francisco at Dombe Farm. He began with San Francisco theater, local dances, traditional Brazilian dances, the visit of Bisco João where he spoke a few words, following lunch for every mission, ending with the Mass.

On Sunday (13 / 10) the group woke up early and traveled to Chimoio to attend the Mass celebrated by the Foot. Emerson Anizi. At the mass we had reports and testimonies from people from GEV and the Treasury, reinforcing the importance of both in society. After the missionaries met the 3 GEVs from Chimoio and Mozambique where they shared experiences and communions and we ended with the fellowship and commemoration of the 48 years of Fr. Emerson.

In the afternoon the missionaries had a leisure time in Casa Missiva Park in Manica, with lunch and safari in the park, where they could contemplate the existing beauty of the place.

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