Meet the Missionaries

Earl Fong & Diane Prell

COUNTRY:

Tanzania

ASSIGNMENT:

Teachers

SITE:

Aquinas Secondary School

Earl & Diane (married couple) are from San Francisco, CA and are members of Notre Dame Des Victoires Church. Earl has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Computer Science from San Francisco State University. He is teaching Maths and Computers at Aquinas Secondary School. Diane has a Bachelor degree in English from Acadia University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University. Diane teachers Literature and is the school librarian and assistant academic.

IN OWN WORDS:


“Despite the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual challenges and frustrations of living and working on a strange continent stricken with poverty and disease in the midst of strangers speaking strange tongues, our hearts are happy here. Every day presents an invitation to die to ourselves so that Christ may live in us. The mysteries of change & growth are fraught with mistakes, missteps, and mishaps. Maturing does not come easy. But even if one is faint of heart, it is certainly well worth it if one wants to be fully alive!”

This quote from Cardinal John Henry Newman sums up our experience in mission, “God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission–I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next… I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling.”