In early December 2012 four of us visited the MOP mission in Labuan Bajo. Our grandson, Alexander joined us and witnessed the poverty of the town and connected well with the local children. He really saw how children, his age, live in a third world region. In addition, Janine McDonnell, also a supporter from Brisbane visited the mission to help out. For this visit we took what was equivalent to eight suitcases of supplies, which included several good quality garden tools and many home-made clothing for the children as early Christmas gifts. What was a unique experience was seeing the local brothers making a Nativity scene with crib from old flour sacks, bamboo and palm fronds. They also made some wonderful decorations, and a large star that they hung high over their road. We saw very good progress in the building of the monastery, and the English class and feeding program for the local children had greatly expanded. It was a wonderful experience for Janine and Alexander to witness poverty first hand and the corporal and spiritual works of the brothers in assisting the poor and disenfranchised.

Aspirants welcoming visitors from Australia (12 December 2012)
Aspirants welcoming visitors from Australia (12 December 2012)
A pause in the market shopping - Alexander, Janine and Tina (12 December 2012)
A pause in the market shopping – Alexander, Janine and Tina (12 December 2012)
A visit to the markets - Jimla (in red), Brs Francis and Nerlito, Alexander and Tina (12 December 2012)_
A visit to the markets – Jimla (in red), Brs Francis and Nerlito, Alexander and Tina (12 December 2012)
Br Nerlito selecting the 'best' produce (12 December 2012)_IMG_1850
Br Nerlito selecting the ‘best’ produce (12 December 2012)
Brs Emmanuel and Simon giving an update on the building of the monastery (12 December 2012)_IMG_1775
Brs Emmanuel and Simon giving an update on the building of the monastery (12 December 2012)
Fresh produce (12 December 2012)
Fresh produce (12 December 2012)
Grinding fresh coconut (12 December 2012)
Grinding fresh coconut (12 December 2012)
Home made bricks used for the building (12 December 2012)
Home made bricks used for the building (12 December 2012)
Monastery in progress (12 December 2012)
Monastery in progress (12 December 2012)
Returning from the monastery building (14 December 2012)
Returning from the monastery building (14 December 2012)
Just finished shopping (15 December 2012)
Just finished shopping (15 December 2012)
The completed Christmas tree (14 December 2012)
The completed Christmas tree (14 December 2012)
Hanging Christmas stars (16 December 2012)
Hanging Christmas stars (16 December 2012)
The completed Christmas star (16 December 2012)
The completed Christmas star (16 December 2012)
Building the Nativity scene (16 December 2012)
Building the Nativity scene (16 December 2012)
The nativity scene completed, even with sheep adoring the infant Jesus (17 December 2012)
The nativity scene completed, even with sheep adoring the infant Jesus (17 December 2012)
At the English class (16 December 2012)
At the English class (16 December 2012)
Br Emmanuel giving the class (16 December 2012)
Br Emmanuel giving the class (16 December 2012)
Helping at the English class (16 December 2012)
Helping at the English class (16 December 2012)
A new dress for Christmas (16 December 2012)
A new dress for Christmas (16 December 2012)
A new dress for Christmas (16 December 2012)
A new dress for Christmas (16 December 2012)
The soccer 'team' (17 December 2012)
The soccer ‘team’ (17 December 2012)
The 'boy' soccer 'team' (17 December 2012)
The ‘boy’ soccer ‘team’ (17 December 2012)
Some less competitive games (17 December 2012)
Some less competitive games (17 December 2012)
On the rock pile (17 December 2012)
On the rock pile (17 December 2012)
Angel and Alexander (16 December 2012)
Angel and Alexander (16 December 2012)
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