“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself”. While the whole world was still mourning the author of this beautiful quotation, Nelson Mandela, a Workshop was taking place in Acornhoek Parish (Maria Assumpta). Sr Jane, Sr. Penninah, Ms Lizzy workshoped us on the topic “How to build a successful future: Project of Life.”
This topic was inspired by the Gospel of Mark: “Which of you intending to build a tower would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? What a king marching to against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with the ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who has twenty thousand?” (Lk 14: 27-35)
The motivation was the undecided and awkward situations of most of our young people. The so called “digital generation” doesn’t help much the majority of our youth to draw their project of life.They take things for granted and live without much planning for their future. They rely more on what the technology is offering. Consequently, they (sometimes) do not take seriously studies. And they eventually end up in the street taking drugs, becoming prostitute… This situation was expressed in the talks by helping us to deepen this saying: “When you fail to plan or project; you are projecting or planning to fail”.
The workshop started on the 20th and ended on the 24th December night with the Celebration of the Christmas vigil. At the end of the workshop few youth were interviewed and gave their feedback about how good and fruitful was the workshop. “The workshop was wonderful and fantastic because I never thought of that even though it was my first time. On the topic we had two categories: Success and Failure. In those two categories I learned that in life you only live once and your future is in your hands. Good friends can lead you to success and bad friends to failure. Moreover, I learned about my scars, pains and fears. In conclusion, I learned that I must do my best and let God do the rest”, said Neo, one of the Acorhnoek youth.
“The workshop was great, the lessons were good, and I really enjoyed it. The morning devotions were all good and all the youths were participating. Brief, everything was fantastic according to the plan.” Said Ms Kgaugelo Shai.
It was a wonderful experience. Organizing and participating actively in this Workshop helped on redoing and deepening our own projects. All of us kept in mind the question stressed by all the facilitator: Do you have any project. If not are you encouraged to start building one? Planning brings confidence and makes you aware of your strength and weak point.
Boniface Gbama, mccj.