I attended Sunday Mass on Feb 24, 2019 at St. Therese of Lisieux Church Shekou Shenzhen to see the possibility to help especially with the youth ministry. The pastor Fr. Li welcome my help and set up the we chat group for the youth of their Church and asked me to be in charge of the youth group. I offered to held a youth gathering on March 10, 2019.
There were only 6 youth signed up so Fr. Li was thinking to change the schedule but I will be available on Saturdays only on July on wards. He expressed his disappointment to the group because the group members didn’t say that they couldn’t attend it till the last days Finally we decided to go ahead.
I went through the Shenzhen Bay port, the nearest port of my new home at Rosary Church - Hung Shui Kiu, and attended English Mass on March 10, 2019.
We had lunch together at the nearby restaurant. There were eleven (out of 18) youth instead of six youth and I never met any of them! Thanks be to God! Most of them didn’t know each other so I asked their name, hometown, etc.
I led gathering by presenting the first and second habits of “8 Habits of Highly Effective People.” I edited a little bit the power point of the program prepared by Fr. Bruno for a Putonghua workshop in Maryknoll Stanley House Hong Kong. There was an activity, Bible passage before mentioning each habit followed by small group discussion and group report. My tutor helped me to add the details of the activities on the power point so that it will be easier to be understood than only listening to my instruction. I asked all of them to read the Bible passage.
They are grateful for the gathering as they know each other, get the opportunity to learn and share and also wish to have more gatherings in the future. It’s another opportunity to reach out to more youth in mainland as my wish.
Hong Kong, March 17, 2019
Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.
Let’s help each other to live less waste living for a better world.