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2 +_ The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 8, 1989 Fr. Heerdink tells of his work in S. America [.ather Eugene Heerdink, a ' priest of the Diocese of Evansville, has written the following article about his work in Guayaquil, Ecuador, South America. This part of the city is the poorest. Mother Teresa's nuns work here, too. The poverty is evident everywhere. On the bus today, I saw a young boy who could not pay the five cent fare. Many houses are of split cane stalks; the sound of a radio in one house enters all the houses nearby. There is no running water in the houses and the poor try to buy a barrel of water when they have 20 cents. A 25-year-old father of a family just died of typhoid fever because of a lack of soap and water and because of the open sewage running alongside of the streets. Two ndssionar nuns, one from Holland and the other from England, run a dispensary where they sell medicines and give dental care at the lowest possible costs. These nuns also work with catechists and give instructions to adults, youths and children in the faith. Visiting the sick in homes is part of their work. Sidewalk vendors and some with push carts can be seen everywhere. Stores have bars so that no one can enter to buy anything but things are pur- chased and handed through the bars. There are many robbers in this sector. Also, houses will have steel bars over all the win- dows if at all possible. Our missionary work is visiting some 50 homes each week, blessing the home and family, praying for the sick and noting the special needs of the people for the pastor. We invite all to the five night mission the following week in a house near- by. During and after the mis- sion, the people feel a greater love for God and for one another and begin to meet weekly to pray, reflect on the Scriptures and to work together to better their condition. The three or four leaders of each basic Christian community meet with the pastor monthly to share what is going on and to receive further information and formation. Our missionary group ac- cepts and invites married couples, singles, religious and priests. We make a promise for a year at a time to live in our community and continue this type of missionary work. I find it very exciting and satisfying but painful, too, as we see the poorest of the poor. Pray for them and for us! Father Eugene Heerdink, 63, was assigned in June 1987 for five years of service to the Parish Neighborhood Renewal Ministry, Diocese of Duluth, for missionary work in South America. With& the Diocese of Evansville, Father Heerdink has served parishes in Evansville, Vincennes, Bramble, Bloom- field, Loogootee, Mt. Vernon, and most recently in Oakland City. His latest mission assign- ment is his second in South America, having completed a term of service with the St. James Society from 1979 to 1985. Father Dino Bonnagi, a missionary from Italy, greets a woman parishes he attends in Ecuador. -- : : s'c8: " iSchLIITI  Monuments, Inc. parishioner at one of the three .Ed L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 Father Eugene Heerdink is shown with a parishioner and an English missionary nun, in Guayaquil, Ecuador. A home is protected by bars  a common sight in Guayaquil, ac- , --- ...- cord,n, ,o Fa00er Eugene ,eerdink | LUMBER COMPANY ,, ,.woo.,,.,, , Radisson Inn Evansvill00 | HARDWARE - HOUSEWARES - APPLIANCES [ ON THE SQUARE JASPER [ NEW YEAR'S EVE [! i::: Peoples ! ! PACKAGE1 PACKAGE2 | i m,i Trust I 1 Room Double Occupancy 2 Dinners I I | 2 Dinners 2 Breakfast Buffets 1:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. II I C o m p a n y ) I 2 Breakfast Buffets 1:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Admittance to Ballroom & Atrium parties II : 59 SOUTH MAIN STREET li Admittance to all areas - VIP Guest Party Favors II k.. P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 ] m Party Favors 2 Drink Tickets | i m 2 Drink Tickets Champagne at Midnight II li Champagne at Midnight $99.00 (plus state & local taxes) | i A ", | $159.00 - Airport View $169.00 Balcony . II [ ') I (plus state & Ical taxes) ' 1 | PACKAGE 3 | , | Admittance Atrium Party RESERVATIONS ONLY I [G II Party Favor II i | Champagne at Midnight PKG. 1 & 2 I ] w,s,,,,,o, ,,..o ,,O,.E,,0,,,,TOR, ''"v'F'-E """0' I $15' per persn i i ] 7:30 p.m. dinner - 9:00 p.m. music [ ! s"' I Ballroom - Villians, 50's & 60's L ! HnCo Coffee Services . I Total Beverage Distributor [ Atrium-Band [ Indlamz - Illinois - Kentucky I / ,v..oco,.....,.. November 20 - December 10. 1989 , Nightclub - D.J. playing Top 40 WH&TEVER YOUR TASTE, ,DayTours Evening Tours GroupTours IO.. ]! Thurs. thru Sun. 5 pm to 7 pm By Appointment Radlsson Inn  WaCoazs4-440 lCamto4pm Thurs. 11/30 Men., Tues. andWed. Evans'xalle 81 -867-7999 ' "%.....-r "Evmmvl412-1f133 Lunch Available Fri. 12/8 Call (812) 426-1871