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ometimes hard fast assumptions aboutthe way we see things changes. I hap-pen to have an experience of this when Ithought that the missionary goes to missionto give their lives to save others. Well, ittook one afternoon in the African sun tochange that.I walked to the airport in the middle of agroup of Muslim women who accompaniedtheir husbands leaving for Mecca. Near methere was a young Muslim friend by thename of Irene. She confided with me alongthe way:
“I would like to become aChristian”
.While listening to Irene, a van suddenlyfell on the group and I found myself on theground with pain throughout my body.Around me lay six others who were carriedto local hospitals.After some days Father Sergio Marchettotold me:
“You know that you would be dead if it were not for Irene who saved your life? As the van was falling, she pulled you in just enough time to avoid the disaster.”
AMuslim woman did not hesitated to put herlife at risk to save me. I realized that beinga missionary is not only giving of oneself,but receiving as well, to save and be saved!During the months I spent recovering, Ithought back to the many experiences inthe Democratic Republic of the Congo andin Burundi, Africa. I considered the dignityof the people in the villages on the moun-tain that I baptized, the commitment andenthusiasm of the people to promote humanrights, the young victims of AIDS I accompa-nied to enter into paradise, street kids thatwe helped to helped to grow and learn atrade, to have a small house and a family allto themselves, and the generosity of manyfriends that contributed in all we did.My meeting with Irene who risked her lifeto save mine would also be my farewell toBurundi as I had to return to my homelandin order to recover fully.
– Fr. Lino Maggioni, SX
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Fr. Lino Maggioni with a mother and fteen year old daughter.The mother died from AIDS ve months after this photo was taken.