By Jesica John Bakari
The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza yesterday 24 January in St. Theresa Cathedral lauded the effort of Missio for their support to the church in Yola diocese. This was during a reception ceremony organized to welcome the delegation who visited the diocese from Germany.
The delegation was led by their President Reverend father Dirk Bengener. Stating the aim of their visit, the president said that “Missio is a Roman Catholic organization that has been supportive to the church across the world. And the catholic church in Nigeria have been beneficiaries of their activities.”
He pointed out that, Missio have supported Yola Diocese in several ways including, building of father’s house, churches, schools, sinking of boreholes, the chapel at the diocesan pastoral centre among others.
The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese who thanked them for their continuous support noted that “the main purpose of their visit to Yola Diocese this time around is to monitor the ongoing projects supported by them.”
Mamza announced that “Missio has also reiterated their commitment to support Yola Diocese in building houses for eighty-six families displaced by Boko Haram. Plots have been secured thanks to the efforts of the state government under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Fintiri. The location is in Jabbi-lamba, Gerie local Government.”
In his remark, the president of Missio Reverend father Dirk Bengener said this is his first time of visiting Nigeria and commended Bishop Dami Mamza and other leaders for the good work they have been doing. And that the visit is a learning experience for them. “We have particularly learnt how to integrate with those who are internally displaced because we also have them in Germany too” the clergyman said.
On how they raise funds to support projects, father Dirk said that “it is through begging from family to family and individuals that Missio is able to generate money to do the work that they are doing.”
Reverend father Dirk added that he will not only support the church financially but both spiritually promised to intensify prayers for peace to continue to prevail in the country.
Highlight of the event was presentation of gifts to the delegation from Germany by Bishop Mamza and cultural dances by various ethnic groups in Adamawa.