Author Country :Tanzania Genre Type :True Story Location :Ngarawani, Tanzania Year of Publication :0/ Publication : Sub Theme :Death, God, Priesthood,, Sickness/ Author Name :Father Steven Brown/ Author City :Ngarawani
Last fall we found ourselves in the midst of a spinal meningitis epidemic in the
Musoma Diocese of Tanzania, where I am working as a Maryknoll priest associate.
Some of our people died within the first 16 hours of the first symptoms. Few
infected persons recovered. I visited Ngarawani village, which was particularly
hard hit. I went from home to home trying to comfort the sick and their
families. I had no great words of wisdom. I
simply knew I needed to be with them. I visited one elderly woman, who,
remarkably, was slowly recovering. We prayed together. Afterwards, she told
me, "God must love us a lot. Fifteen people from our own village have been
invited to live with God in heaven."