While Leo and Jonathan went to Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Moses and I were at the Railway Community of Bauchi. It was still spectacular because the two Teams were both delivering the Community Building Unit of the SELL Programme.
Our participants at the two workshops got very insightful ideas to go home with. Some of them, at Railway Community in Bauchi, that have had experiences of crises, now have reasons to live with their fellow Muslims as sisters and brothers, believing quite well that Islam is not a dangerous religion.
From Jos, the participants saw that the SELL workshop came at the right time as they are experiencing crises in the area.
Discussions that arose from the workshop, broadened their perspectives on what a community should be. That a community cannot be constituted of only one religion without the others, it cannot be constituted of only one tribe, or people of the same occupation. An ideal community should at least constitute of different people, occupations, religion and so on.
At the end of the workshop participants’ attitudes were changed for the better. One of them gave this comment. ‘I really appreciate you guys. At least now I know how to relate with other people and respect their religion. I now have something to tell other people out there that see or look at the Muslims as bad people. I also know more about the human sexuality and how to educate my younger ones about their sexuality because I use to be a very shy person’.
Grace Ori, also a participant, and a facilitator or the SELL Programme to be trained come June, said in her end of workshop evaluation that, ‘In my interaction with our Muslim brothers and sisters, where communication and communal life has been jeopardized, I can now understand that they are also God’s children and have their own way of communicating with God. Thanks for educating me on how to paint a rainbow of bright colors in my heart’.
Hilda Hoomsen also said this, ‘I will recommend and appreciate the humility between Fr. Leo and Jonathan if they are able to go run the society and educate our people (Muslims and Christians), all this crises and misunderstanding will stop’.
Participants were not only marveled at the message we brought to them but most of them were thrilled at our facilitation style. Pam Dung Kwis commented on that, he said,’if I must be sincere, I’ve never attended any workshop that has been so educational from the beginning to the end, in fact every part was just as good as the other’. The SELL team is looking forward to when we will be in Jos again for another workshop.
As the SELL programme is on-going, the Catholic Diocese of Bauchi is still mourning the demise of her Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. John Moore SMA, whose thanksgiving mass to celebrate his good works will be coming up on 20th May 2010, at the Immaculate Conception Secondary School play ground Bauchi. Guests from all over Nigeria and beyond are expected on that day.Late Bishop Moore will forever be in our memory as the history of SELL will never be complete without mentioning his name. The SELL programme was introduced in Bauchi diocese in the year 2007 when we received an invitation by the late Bishop to come and help with Youth Formation in the diocese.
This weekend being the 14th – 16th of May 2010. Jonathan and Moses will be in Kaduna to introduce the SELL Programme in that part of Nigeria and to deliver the Personal Growth unit of the SELL programme to a group of young adults. We pray for journey mercy to and fro.
In the same vain, the Bauchi Team of the SELL Programme facilitators in training, Jacob, Mary and Pius will be at Wuntin Dada Community, Bauchi to deliver the Peace Building unit of the SELL Programme. I will be accompanying the group while Leo will mentor the workshop.
We will bring across to you more on our updates in our next edition. Stay with us on this blog, thanks.
Youth Formation Centre Team