World, Kabwe-Makululu (Ciloto) Zambia, 10 March 2021 -- Fr Joseph Nguyen Tuan Anh is one of the 120 or more Vietnamese Salesian missionaries ad gentes, living his Salesian missionary life in Africa since 2013, in the Vice-province of ZMB (Zambia-Malawi-Zimbabwe-Namibia). He was ordained last year 2020 and as a consequence of the pandemic, instead of celebrating this first Thanksgiving Masses in his home country of Vietnam, he went from the theologate in Nairobi-Kenya to the newly-established community of Kabwe - Makululu in Zambia. Daily life is very exciting - simply assisting the 90 boys of the Don Bosco Children Home together with one practical trainee. The boys come from the streets of Kabwe . He isalso in charge of the daily Oratory in the large Don Bosco compound.
We are grateful for his short interview:
Q: You have already spent 8 years in Africa, ZMB viceprovince. What makes you happy as a Salesian missionary among the young people?
A: The simple fact that most of our youth are poor and simple makes my Salesian heart joyful
Q: What did you learn from your African companions in the Salesian Theologate in Nairobi, Kenya?
A: I learnt from them how to live the Salesian charism in the large multi-cultural community and the beauty of different ways of thinking and acting.
Q: After ordination you have been assigned to Don Bosco Childrens Home and Oratory. What are your joys and challenges?
A: My great joy is to see how our boys are changing day by day, the joy of working for the poor and needy boys who have no place to go. Among my challenges - to learn the local languages (especially Bemba) and some professional skills needed for this specific youth work.
A: My dreams are more open to learning so that I am become more and more useful for the needs of the boys; I dream to have more and more the heart of Don Bosco for poor and needy boys.
Q: What is your message to the young Salesians in Vietnam and within the EAO Region?
A: Do not be afraid, as soon as we have the heart of Don Bosco, that means when we are opening up to new cultures and the needs of our youth, with faith in God we will find the joy and meaning of missionary life. Welcome to the missions!
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