Letters from Teresa/Ozioma

Letters from Teresa/Ozioma

Ozioma Hope for Wellness USA Corporation

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.    - William Newton Clark


February 23, 2011

Blessings and Love from Nigeria,

    This has been a very difficult trip this time.   Serious challenges  have developed in connection with the well, but  am working to resolve them and will have more information hopefully in my next newsletter.  Emmanuel is back in the hospital and will undergo a muscle flap surgery which will entail two surgeries and much pain.  After he was admitted to the hospital, the staff went on strike and he received no medication, no labs etc for one week, consequently his wound became worse and now his surgery which was scheduled for Feb 24th is rescheduled for March 3rd, as now his wound is infected.  The well and Emmanuel have taken up much of my time and are a few of the challenges I am faced with.  With your prayers and the assurance that "all will be well" through the grace of God,  I continue to persevere.   
      Below are a few pictures of my stay in the villages of  Nzerem with Fr. Cyriacus. I have traveled to Nzerem two times and have been warmly welcomed by the two parish priests and the people.  I accompanied Father each morning before dawn, driving in the dark, over bad road conditions and hills, to a different village each day, to celebrate Mass with the people in the remote villages. Father beeps his car horn as he passes through the village and rings a "Ikoro" ( a sort of gong or musical instrument seen below) signifying that he has arrived at the place where Mass will be celebrated.  We have celebrated mass  in town halls, under a very large Achi Tree (as pictured below), in the 2 churches in Nzerem.  We have also gone after mass on house calls together to visit the sick (also seen below).  Also seen are pictures of the peoples joy as they receive the donated chaplets, metals and scapulars.  I feel like I am in a movie as I partake in his mission work .  I am looking forward to returning to Nzerem again for another week or two once Emmanuel has had his first surgery. 

     Below are some pictures of the children in different villages of Nzerem receiving some of the Life Straws that were donated by the students of St. Barnabas School in Ohio.  Fr and I took them to the stream to teach them how to use them correctly.  Seen in one of the pictures are the children walking from the stream back to school.  The distance is long, and the hills and bad road conditions are a challenge.  You can just imagine the time and energy the children use to fetch water.  Also seen are pictures of children receiving some of the shirts donated by the Stoughton Library and children wearing the metals donated.


     I love you all and miss you.   I thank you all for your support and prayers to the Ozioma Hope For Wellness Corporation.  Please continue to pray for Emmanuel, the well and myself.

I am praying for you and would love to receive mail from you to see how you are.Chukwu Gozie GiAhurum gi nanya


All my love-which is a portion of God's love

Ozioma of Igboland
        Ozioma Hope For Wellness Corporation
        P.O. Box 2661
        Attleboro Falls, MA  02763


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