Week 3
Feb. 26 – March 3

On the third Sunday of Lent, we learn about the time Jesus flipped over tables outside the temple. The temple — his Father’s house — was supposed to be a place of praise, prayer and sacrifice.

In Zambia and Malawi, poor farming families are often exploited and underpaid for their crops. Some cannot even afford shoes.

Dora Mwanza (pictured right) is 12 years old and lives in Zumaire Village in Zambia. Every day, Dora walks barefoot along rocky paths to help her mother collect water from a hand-dug pit. Each trip is about three miles, and she repeats the journey at least two or three times per day.

Dora’s Prayer Requests

This week, pray for Dora and other children who suffer from illnesses caused by dirty drinking water.

“Time and again, we get sick from this dirty water,” Dora said.

When Dora gets sick, her parents take her to the Kandongwa health center, about 13 miles from their village. It’s too far to walk, so the family must pay $6 for a ride. This may not sound like much money, but the average Zambian survives on less than $4 per day — so each illness is a financial setback for Dora’s family.

Dora wants to be a second-grade teacher when she grows up. Please pray that Dora receives the gift of clean water so she can make her dreams come true!

Gospel Reading From the Third Sunday of Lent

John 2:13-25 (NRSVCE)

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

Take Action: Search for Scriptures

In rural Zambia and Malawi, women and girls often spend hours searching for faraway water sources. This week, use your family’s Bible and search for verses that mention “water” or “thirst.” Each time you find a verse, add a coin to your paper collection cup.

Hint: The books of Genesis, Isaiah, Exodus, Psalms and Ezekiel are a great place to start your search!

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Learning Corner

When it comes to Africa’s water crisis, women and girls are among the hardest hit. They are typically responsible for water collection. Women and girls often spend eight hours or more per day searching for water and filling heavy buckets. It is common in Zambia and Malawi for women and girls to leave home as early as 4 a.m. to collect water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing. This water crisis makes it hard for girls to stay in school.

Family Discussion

1. Why do you think Jesus flipped over tables outside the temple?

2. How many pairs of shoes do you think you own? How does it make you feel that some people in Zambia and Malawi can’t afford even one pair of shoes?

3. If you could only spend $4 per day on everything you need, what would you buy? What things would you be unable to afford?

Pray Together

Dear Lord, teach our family to be generous; teach us to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen.

~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.