It is 6:30 in the Beno Mission, located about 70 km from the city of Bandundu, on the banks of the Kwilu River, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the trees, you can see the first rays of the sun. It is a sign that life is beginning in the Beno countryside. The marathon day of the "jungle missionary" is also started, as Fr. Kornelius, originally from Indonesia, is called here.
This year’s Annual Missionary Encounter of the province was focused on the theme: Poverty, as emphasised by Pope Francis in his message ahead of the firs World day of the poor to be celebrated on 19th November 2017. The two-day encounter marks the tenth of its kind since its commencement and it is aimed at fostering a Christian missionary commitment and collaboration between the SVD, the SSpS, and our Lay Missionaries (LVD) in the Province.