"The simplicity of this beginning should not discourage us. The mightiest tree starts as a single seed and strongest of giants was once a weak, whimpering baby." Saint Arnold Janssen said these words on the inauguration day of the Mission House in Steyl, 8 September 1875. His statement had an echo in our time when we reopened the Formation House in Ndolwane on the 17th of May 2010. We hope that this second beginning will bring something for SVD Zimbabwe and the entire Society. Our Postulancy in Ndolwane started in 1994 with Father Gabriel Sosu as the director. That little baby was born in small hut while waiting for the proper house which was completed in September 1995. The other block made the house in form of letter U in 1996. The formation programme went very well until year 2000 when the Botswana Province arranged new postulancy in Kabwe. For ten years the house was not used and parish priests of Ndolwane Mission took care of it. At the present moment it becomes the house for Aspirancy where we can accommodate the candidates before sending them to Postulancy in Zambia. From where we stopped, now the second journey has began after looking at the growth of vocation in Zimbabwe. As we celebrate 25 years the presence of SVD in Zimbabwe, may Saint Arnold and Josef Freinademetz intercede for the vocation to the Society.
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you sent your Son Jesus Christ
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Many still have not heard his message
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