Initially I pen down my words thanking all confreres in south east India province for the wishes and prayers for the memorable voyage. On 28.12.2017 the mission team landed in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Frs. Provincial, Kanikkai, the Councilor in-charge of Mission, Soosai Raj and I made a trip to some of the mission stations of east Africa province. On 30.12.2017 I reached ipuli, Tabora region where I began my regency. The school with hostel facility for girls and boys is ranked 67 th in the country and ranked no.1 in Tabora Region.
My experience in Africa is quite limited but good natured and satisfying. I am well taken care off by our fathers here. It appears to me that Africa is far off from our prejudices and preconceived ideas. My experience is very positive with regards to Africa. The place of activity, facilities especially the medical care between India and Africa remain to some extent the same. The land is very fertile. Agriculture is their main industry generally combined with cattle raising. I acquire my pastoral experience by going to the substations for the mass along with the fathers. I have witnessed people are very generous and cooperative concerning the church matters. They are very respectful towards the priests and religious.
Although church is very strong in Africa, it faces the sad affair of lack of priests. It stands as an advantage for various denominations and Muslims which is a serious threat and challenge to the church. Evangelization is still in progress. If we are able to work on this particular aspect, there is a possibility of greater success in our ministry.