Nigeria – Many fine novelties at Ijebu-Ode mission

04 October 2017

(ANS - Ijebu-Ode) - Summer was full of initiatives and commitments at the Salesian mission of Ijebu-Ode. Construction and expansion work, engagement with the children and teenagers attending the mission, the education of young adults ... Now that Autumn has begun, Fr Italo Spagnolo, the Salesian missionary who has dedicated 35 years of his life to young Nigerians, sums it all up.

Prayer, study (with ... final exams), sharing, outdoor competitions, team games, acquisition of different skills ... have been the ingredients of the mission's summer activities with the young locals. "It involved 272 children and young people, with 25 young animators and educators," says Fr Spagnolo. "Thanks to our workshops, they learned how to make bracelets and handbags, learned to cook, make electrical repairs, cut and sew ... Every day was an opportunity for the joyous growth of our friends."

Furthermore, the mission's Salesians also recently accompanied the final stages of the 46 young Catholic students from the Tai Solarin University who celebrated their graduation. "We have donated our time to them, prayer, advice, encouragement, affection ... and we have also received beautiful testimonials of gratitude at the time of saying goodbye," continues Fr Spagnolo. The Salesians serve as university chaplains at the university and are currently accompanying another 150 graduates towards completing their studies.

At the same time, the parish is also growing and the Salesians are curating a number of different offices and projects to ensure best practice: Council for the Ministry, Economic Consultation, Program of Evangelization, Help to the Poor Families, Scholastic Support ...

Other novelties also include the mission's infrastructures: the first important one being the completion of the church roof; seemingly of little consequence, but a providential work, in fact, especially since it was completed in advance of the rainy season, thus able to offer a shelter and a home to the community and all its activities.

And finally, even the same community of religious will finally be able to leave the home they'd been renting since the mission's beginning, to move to a small plot of land that is "in a strategic position, close to the church and the school." Now it's about starting work on building a small home for the community.


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