Little sisters of Jesus in Nigeria, Life in Isu-Aniocha

Greetings from us all at our family Community of Awka !

On the 1st October 2010 Nigeria celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence. Many people gathered to celebrate and prayers were offered in the Churches and Mosques to mark this great day.

Unfortunately these past 50 years have seen ethnic division and religious and social unrest including the Biafran war which claimed many lives. There have been different regimes both military and democratic but people long for peace and to be able to express their opinions.

Many of our young people however migrate to other countries in order to find a means of surviving. Our country is facing serious unemployment, even graduates cannot find work. The government is now advocating vocational education. People learn quickly how to survive by setting up little shops here and there and trading.

Overall, people are optimistic. The market places are lively, buses are running  and in the streets people carry on with life trusting in God for tomorrow. Even if the government has not met up with the needs of its citizens, people still say: "Echi ga adi mma", tomorrow will be better.

First of all we want to share with you some photos of our garden....

Picking mangosPicking mangos Uprooting casavaUprooting casava Growing orangesGrowing oranges Caring for the chickensCaring for the chickens Our coconut treesOur coconut trees

We are four here in this rural community. We live something wonderful together with our friends and neighbours.

Development is moving in fast in this rural area especially since we are part of Anambra State and the construction of a new bridge has made life much easier for everyone. Our biggest challenge is to be available to listen to the people who knock on our door everyday and being so few is a big handicap. Many people come to share their joys and their sorrows. For our people our community is a home where they can come at anytime to share with us what they are facing. Their situations are often very difficult, so the most we can often do is to listen. Just being able to share with someone you trust brings relief.

Prayer remains at the heart of our life. We could tell you many stories of what our friends live. Some are heroic in following the path of Christianity, having decided to leave pagan practice and rituals and be baptised against the wishes of their family. Some undergo real persecution and experience rejection. We are so often amazed by the deep faith of these people and thank God for his love for each one.