CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 November 2018

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Sunday school students meet their refugee pen pals

Hong Kong (SE): In Yuen Long, there are about 60 refugee families from Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Pakistan, among others, who are waiting for acceptance to a third country, looking for a new home. However, they are now stranded in a place without the care and concern of others.

In response, Sunday school students from the St. Teresa’s English Catechism Group at St. Teresa’s parish, Kowloon, together with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul began a pen pal programme in October 2014, initiating regular letter exchanges with refugee children. Over time, friendships were built and the children grew increasing eager to meet each other.

On April 6, 45 people comprising 10 families and volunteers gathered at Yuen Long Catholic Secondary School. The children were especially exited to meet their pen pals for the first time. 

“I am very happy today because I can see my pen pal friend,” said Nouran.

“I think the pen pal programme is amazing because I can meet other people and know more about their daily lives. It is very fun because you always want to know what your pen pal has sent you!” said Level 4 Sunday school student, Adrian Mak.

Lots of laughs and cheers were heard and beautiful big smiles were evident on faces while everyone played games and creating artworks. 

It was a great blessing to see the Sunday school children and their parents sharing and serving with pure hearts.  

Jesus says: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). 

 

— Rebecca Tsang

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