Their mission in Labuan Bajo is to assist the increasing demands of the poor and suffering, in particular their malnutrition, poor health and spiritual guidance. In addition, the people of the area have low levels of education, with no knowledge of English. The mission in Labuan Bajo aims to provide permanent shelters for displaced and special needs children, and the elderly, maintain children’s feeding programs, and evangelize and provide spiritual works of mercy. The mission also aims to assist in schooling programs for children, principally by offering sponsorship programs and providing hostel accommodation to augment children’s education, particularly children from rural areas. A free medical clinic and pharmacy dispensary for local communities will be built.

The mission in Labuan Bajo has started with an English class for local children including feeding programs. It is planned in 2013 to commence their apostolate work of caring for the disabled and the elderly from the town and surrounding communities.

The brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor support their prayer and work with a comprehensive program of learning scripture, Church history, Church documents, literature, nursing, music, ethics, theology, spirituality and philosophy, in addition to learning the rules, history and spirituality of the Missionaries of the Poor. An integral component of the training of the brothers is learning to care for the poor and the sick, and learning to live in community and prayer (Pierce 2013).

This is encompassed within their typical daily timetable (Payne 2011) which consists of:

5.30 Rise
5.45 Mass, followed by morning prayer and meditation
7.30 Breakfast
9.00 Classes, apostolate work with the poor
11.45 Midday prayer
12.25 Lunch
13.00 Apostolate working with the poor
16.00 House duty followed by music
17.00 Evening prayer, Rosary
18.30 Recreation
19.15 Supper
20.00 Study
21.00 Night prayer
21.15 Study
22.00 Sleep

Payne, K. 2011. Joy for all? The life and work of Father Richard Ho Lung. Fast Print Publishing, Peterborough, England; i-viii, 89 pp.
Pearce, J. 2013. Candles in the dark: The authorized biography of Fr. Richard Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor. Saint Benedict Press, Charlotte, North Carolina; i-xi, 249 pp.
Buying pork at the local markets for children's feeding programme (27 October 2010)
Buying pork at the local markets for children’s feeding programme (27 October 2010)
Cooking cakes for feeding program following English class (28 October 2010)
Cooking cakes for feeding program following English class (28 October 2010)
Part of English class (28 October 2010)
Part of English class (28 October 2010)
English class 2010 (28 October 2010)
English class 2010 (28 October 2010)
Feeding program following English class (28 October 2010)
Feeding program following English class (28 October 2010)
Feeding program for Christmas 2010 (20 December 2010)
Feeding program for Christmas 2010 (20 December 2010)
First Christmas gifts for the children of Labuan Bajo 2010 (21 December 2010)
First Christmas gifts for the children of Labuan Bajo 2010 (21 December 2010)
Some gifts for the poor children of the English class (26 March 2011)
Some gifts for the poor children of the English class (26 March 2011)
English class 2011 (30 October 2011)
English class 2011 (30 October 2011)
Snacks following English class (30 October 2011)
Snacks following English class (30 October 2011)
Practicing Christmas carols (16 December 2012)
Practicing Christmas carols (16 December 2012)
Prayers before English class (16 December 2012)
Prayers before English class (16 December 2012)
Teaching English hymns (3 June 2013)
Teaching English hymns (3 June 2013)
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