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A Message from the Glafcke Family (August 2019)
Dear Beloved St. James Family,
We are humbled and filled with awe at your generous donation of $13,345.06 from the Lenten Almsgiving to our family on mission! Without your powerful prayers and financial support this life would not be possible.
One year ago this week our family was blessed and sent by you all. And what a year it has been! We began our formation in Louisiana, then traveled to the desert of Mexico for a month long experience of the missionary life. While in Mexico we learned our first year placement: L’Asile, Haiti. Upon our return to Louisiana in December we celebrated our commissioning mass with Family Missions Company.
In January we completed our formal training and bade farewell to our fellow new missionaries as they left to Build God’s Kingdom all over the globe. In February we packed up and left for Haiti. But God had other plans. Due to riots in Port au Prince, we spent a few weeks in Florida and then returned to our training grounds in Louisiana.
We finally arrived safely in L’Asile at the end of March. The kids were quick to set up their bedroom with Star Wars posters and made a prayer board with photos of our fellow FMC missionaries. Our little Daniel broke through the language barrier and was immediately befriended by Haitians young and old.
God blessed us with so many helpers: Mdm. Sonja cooked for us, Mdm. Jacques hand washed our clothes, and Reynold delivered water. A young man named Mackinson asked us for money for his family. Matt invited him to work on some small projects, planting banana trees and flowering shrubs in our yard, building a ladder and putting up screens on our windows.
Slowly we began to understand and speak Creole! Our days were anchored in praising God alongside our single missionary teammates and praying for God’s provision.
The relentless heat and harsh conditions took their toll on us. In July we flew back to the States for a time to rest and be strengthened in body, mind and spirit. Again, the Lord has surprised us with His provision! Our oldest, Josephine, had hoped for time to swim while we were back. Nearly every place we have visited had a pool, pond or lake to swim in!
As of now, we are down in Abbeville, LA being fortified by our brother and sister missionaries. To be here is fulfilling and reassuring of our family’s call to be servants of the Lord in this way.
As we look over the past year we are grateful and blessed to be supported and lifted up by you, our loving community of Saint James. Please send us your prayer intentions! Every message we receive from our mission partners boosts our spirits and reminds us that we are never alone because the Holy Spirit is alive and moving in each of us.
Know that we continue to bring the love of Christ Jesus and your prayers to all those we encounter on this journey to love and serve the Lord.
See you in the Eucharist!
The Glafcke Family
On Monday, March 18, 2019, Matt & Katie Glafcke wrote:
The Glafcke Family
Matt & Katie, Jo, Coryn, Mallory, Gloria & Daniel
HERE IS THE LATEST UPDATE ON OUR MISSIONARY FAMILY, THE GLAFCKES.
Due to the current political and social unrest in Haiti, many of you are concerned for the Glafcke’s safety. I received the following text from Matt at 5:46 am last Sunday: “We are very much safe … Waiting in Miami to see if we head to Haiti in a week or so. And if not we would head back to Louisiana for a longer wait and other possible discernment. God bless, Gerry … Hope we didn’t give you a sleepless night.” Any parishioners who wish to follow the Glafcke’s unfolding story can check out their blogposts at http://www.laughkey.blogspot.com
Gerry Wolf, Pastoral Associate
September 30, 2018 – Message from our PA
My column today will be dedicated to giving our parish a report from our Mission Family, Matt and Katie Glafcke, and their children Josephine, Coryn, Mallory, Gloria, and Daniel. The Glafcke Family departed on September 1st, for Abbeville, Louisiana, to join the Family Missions Company, a Catholic mission formation organization for lay missionaries.
I spoke with both Katie and Matt over the phone last weekend to get an update on how they are doing. The first two weeks of their experience have been filled with retreat-like formation sessions, listening to various speakers, participating in reflection and discussion, praying and celebrating Eucharist, eating meals in common with all the other missionaries. They both described it as very intense, yet meaningful and fruitful.
In addition to their family, there are several other large families like theirs, in addition to some couples with one or two children, some couples without children, and some single adults. In total, there are somewhere around 70 persons training for mission. One of the truly surprising developments is the number of families who have entered formation this time around. This is the first time that Family Missions Company has had more children than adults preparing for foreign mission work!
Katie and Matt both said that they are very happy with their decision, and that the children are also adjusting well. Now that the initial flurry of intense formation experiences are complete, they will be able to settle into a routine for their family life. They currently live in a trailer home, which has been different from what they’re used to, but not a problem.
They will be spending the month of November in a Mexican town called General Cepeda, near Monterrey, for their initial mission experience. They will then return to Louisiana to process that experience and prepare for their long-term mission assignment, which they will learn on December 6th. Matt will be returning to Wisconsin in December and plans to give a witness talk at all the weekend Masses at St. James on one of the weekends before Christmas.
They have not been able to make any updates on their blog yet, but hope to do so very soon, so they encourage folks to check that out at: http://laughkey.blogspot.com/ or to email them at email@example.com. They truly appreciate all of the financial support that parishioners have pledged to them. But even more importantly, they are grateful for and request our constant prayer support. They also wanted everyone to know that they are praying for the St. James parish family as a whole, as well as for individual parishioners with whom they have special relationships. They still feel very connected to St. James and hope to continue that bond as their journey unfolds.
If anyone is still interested in making a financial contribution or pledge to their mission venture, let me know and I can provide the necessary details. We are blessed by the witness and spiritual enthusiasm of the Glafckes…and may we be a blessing to them in return, as the Holy Spirit leads each of us in our unique vocations and life situations to “go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel!” Mark 16:15