Happy Friendship Day to all of you. For this joyous occasion, Sonia, from Pakistan, gives us her testimony.
To read the testimony of an AJA friend from Lebanon, click here.
Testimony from Pakistan
My name is Sonia. I am a mother of four children, two sons and two daughters. Three of them are studying in St Jeanne Antide Bible High School. I was a member of the Group of the Friends of St Jeanne Antide before my marriage. Then I stopped coming to the Group for some time. Now I am shifted to Shahdara again so I joined the Group again. Now my husband and I are part of the Group.
I was always impressed by the life of St Jeanne Antide. Her firm faith in God alone and her attentivness towards others.
Frist time when I came to attend the meeting, the gospel was read according to St Matthew 18:18-20, which says “where two or three are gether in my name, there I am with them”. I was really impresed by the passage of the gospel. I felt that Jesus was really among us. I really feel a strong sense of friendship among the Group.
The thing I like the most in the roup is that whatever we speak in the Group, it remain secret as there are secrets between the true friends. I feel free to share my joys and suferings openly with out any hesitation and whenever I find my self in a difficult situation, friends are always ready to help me. I feel a true bond of friendship among us.
Many times when I see somebody suffering in my neighbourhood and if I am unable to help the person I speak in the group and we all support each other at once to help the needy.
At the same time I always remembe the gospel of St John where he says.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Since Jesus himself has called us friends, we should alwasys continue to promote this value through our lives.
30 July World Friendship Day – AJA Pakistan Testimony