Pedro Opeka videos

In a video “To the least of my brothers” Mt 25,40 Father Pedro OpekaCM  says…

“When I arrived I could not shut my eyes to utter destitution. I saw a 1,000 children struggling for survival among the animals in the garbage dump … I was dumbstruck. … I said to myself ,  “Here I could not just talk. I had to act!” He went to meet them and promised them: “Together we are going to get out of this mess!”

Today, among other things, they have built 18 villages entirely with their own hands, bringing together 20,000 people: an authentic community in which everyone is respected and is learning to take responsibility for his or her own future. If God works miracles, He is certainly doing so here! Thousands of lives have been saved and 5-7,000 people each Sunday celebrate in what some would call a mega Church based in a garbage dump   This film takes us to Madagascar, a large island in the Indian Ocean, to meet Father Pedro and his Madagascan friends. Originally from Slovenia, Father Pedro is an Argentine priest, who belongs to the Lazarist Congregation of Saint Vincent de Paul and has been a missionary in Madagascar since 1970.

After 15 years living in the middle of nowhere in one of the most deprived villages on the island, he arrived in Antananarivo in 1989 and found it impossible to close his eyes to the misery of the families and children living in the vast rubbish dump nearby. Father Pedro made a commitment to God and took action! He went to meet them and promised them: “Together we are going to get out of this mess!” And so it was that, with no money but with faith in God and no end of sheer hard work in communion and fellowship, Father Pedro and the unwanted of Antananarivo founded the “Akamasoa” Association (which means “good friends” in Malagasy). Today, among other things, they have built 18 villages entirely with their own hands, bringing together 20,000 people: an authentic community in which everyone is respected and is learning to take responsibility for his or her own future. If God works miracles, He is certainly doing so here! Thousands of lives have been saved and are blossoming as they have found their dignity restored!

Another site Pedro Pablo Opeka – Missionary of the “garbage people” in Madagascar tells the story while showing how people can help.

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