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December 1,2019 marked the last day of the Asian Australian Encounter. It was 4 enriching days of learning, praying, and connecting with the Verbum Dei Catholic Missionary Family. The day opened with a talk given by Bro. Daniel Drum which centered on catching people through the net of preaching.
He said that all of us are missionaries because we all are baptized. He shared about his experience of being a shy person and how a missionary and the community helped him to overcome it and as a result, now he wants to do the same to others. He said that our mission can save lives.
The event ended with the Holy Eucharist which was organized by the Vietnam Community. It was presided by Fr. James Mctavish concelebrated by Iwao Ikegami, Fr. Bong Guinoo and Fr. Daniele Sollazzo. In his homily, Fr. James discussed about Advent which he said is important because it is a preparation for the birth of Jesus. He said also that this will be a great time to check what's inside our hearts.
Before the mass ended, the Awarding of the Song Writing contest was held headed by Sr. Adriana. Haro. She invited the participants to check the Verbum Dei Website and share its content in their local communitues.
Now, the 2019 Verbum De Asian Australian Encounter is already over but the mission continues. May the good things that the participants learned remain in their hearts. May all of us push a little bit from the shore and be able to catch many fish!