Mauricio Silva and Nathalie Marytsch with their children.

Mauricio Silva and Nathalie Marytsch with their children. Mauricio Silva and Nathalie Marytsch with their children.

A family from Chile working in Britain.Mauricio and I were married at  Santiago  in Chile in 1996. Almost ten years ago Mauricio and myself, with our daughter Florencia, came to Britain for the first time.

Families and friends in Chile had found it very difficult to understand our desire to let go of our careers, jobs, home, and many other things. We used to respond by saying, “it may seem irrational to some, but we feel called to leave our home, our families and securities in order to proclaim what we believe”. We felt God was calling us to mission ad gentes, to announce good news to a different culture and in a different language.

From Chile we were sent to Britain as a Columban missionary family. We were first assigned to work in Nechells, Birmingham , where we did mainly pastoral work. There were migrants in the area so we also came into contact with that reality. It was in Nechells that our second child, Benjamin, was born. After three years in Nechells, we served for a further three years at St. Catherine’s Church, also in Birmingham, where we started outreach work beyond the parish structures with homeless people and refugees.

We came back for a third term in 2008. Over the past three years we have started a new Columban venture in the area of Sparkhill. We have inserted ourselves into this predominantly Muslim-Asian community where we share their lives and serve people from different backgrounds and faiths. We believe that in some way our presence and service in the area helps promote life-giving relationships among the people where we live.

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