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Zambia Endowment

zambia1The Oblates of the United States have actively supported the work of the Oblates in Zambia since 1984.  Since that that time these selfless missionaries have lent a helping hand in countless ways, providing health care, food, employment, education – and hope – to the people of Zambia.

The Oblates’ latest endeavor in Zambia will help increase the number of religious vocations in the Church.  The outstanding growth of the Catholic Church in Africa has led to an increase in the number of young men interested in devoting their lives to God as a priest or brother.  The Oblates recognize this wonderful gift and are determined to make it easier for these young men to discern their calling.

With the help of generous donors and friends the Oblates have built the House of Studies on 12 acres of land in Makeni – just outside the capital city of Lusaka.  This formation house allows 40 Oblate seminarians to live and pursue their studies in a comfortable, safe location.

These frugal seminarians are kept very busy!  In an effort to support the school and keep expenses down they are growing vegetables, raising chickens, collecting eggs and caring for pigs.  All of these are used not only in their own meals, but also sold to help the mission cover its expenses.

Supporting the rapidly growing Church in Zambia is one of the biggest challenges faced by the Oblates of the U.S. Province.  As with all Oblate missions, the hope is that the Zambia Delegation will one day become self-sufficient.  The Zambian Oblates are doing their part to ensure the viability of the mission by farming, writing grants and renting out property to guests.  They are investing in these promising young Zambian men, realizing that future generations of Oblates will need strong, courageous leaders.

If you would like to learn more about helping the Oblates in Zambia and how your gift can be DOUBLED thanks to a challenge from a very generous donor, please print off the donation form and return or contact the Office of Charitable and Planned Giving today.

You can view the blog from Zambia trip at http://oblategiving.wordpress.com

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
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Belleville, IL 62223-1160

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