Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Evon Somirla Yenyuygha, from Cameroon. I am from a family of eight children, four boys and four girls. However, in June this year, the brother before me was killed by thieves who broke into his house. My parents are both alive. I grew up in a loving Christian family, which nurtured my desire of knowing God, loving and serving Him in a special way. My younger sister also heard this invitation of serving God in a special way, and she is now consecrated to the Lord as a religious in the Congregation of Our Lady. We grew up with Mary, the mother of Jesus, as every evening we gathered as a family to pray the Rosary, and each person had a day to lead the prayers. Meanwhile, I fell in love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus because in our home, we could not finish the Rosary without inviting the Sacred Heart of Jesus to be our Love.
A few years ago, I entered a contemplative religious order, as my desire at first was just to pray and to give my life to Christ. But as I continued to pray, over time I realized the Lord wanted me to share the love in my heart in service to the needy and to experience their reality by working more closely to them; to be a contemplative in action. After a period of discernment, I decided to follow where my heart was leading me – to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I continued to pray and search for a congregation having the charism of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is Compassion and Mercy.
How did you meet the MSCs?
I connected with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in December 2016, through Nancy Costello of the Guadalupe Province vocation team. She fed me with a lot of good material about the charism and life of the MSCs. I was so impressed with her love of the Cabrini charism.
Later on, she connected me to Sr. Antonia Plata, who, after some time, connected me to the MSCs in Ethiopia. My first contact in Ethiopia was Sr. Genet. After some time, they invited me to visit them in Ethiopia, which I did in August 2017. I went to Dubbo for an experience in the Family Service Department of Cabrini Ministries Ethiopia. After a month, I went back to Cameroon.
Then, in November 2018, I returned to Ethiopia, becoming an MSC Candidate, and was sent for mission experience in Swaziland. There, I worked in Healthcare, assisting in the pharmacy from Mondays to Wednesdays, dispensing medications and pill counting. On Thursdays, I assisted in the laboratory, registering the clients’ tests and results into the computer. On Fridays, I assisted in the ‘Vital Signs’ room, taking the temperature, height, weight and blood pressure of patients, and registering them in the computer. Some days, I also went with the Outreach Team program.
In the MSC community, I took care of the sacristy at the parish Church, plus performing some community duties too. For me, Eswatini was a good experience as I learned even from challenges. Embracing another culture made me grow in my missionary spirit, to come out of myself, and to go beyond my limits, and to the ends of the earth! I left Swaziland in September 2020 for the USA, to continue with my process of formation. Here in New York, I am working with Cabrini Immigrant Services, and I will soon be joining the Bowery Volunteers to work with them also, and possibly with others.
What are your dreams for the future?
My dream for the future is to see the MSC Institute grow more and more in compassionate service, with new vocations from all parts of the world. Thank you.
Thank you to Holy Spirit newsletter for this witness