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Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.

Along time ago the sun and the water both lived on the earth and were very friendly. The sun often paid a visit to the house where the water lived and they would sit talking together for many hours. But the water never came to the sun’s house, and one day the sun asked his…

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The Swallow brings the summer.

The black and white swallow flew high up in the clear, blue sky, wheeling and diving, his fast, pointed wings carrying him at a great speed. Swallow loved flying and never returned to his nest on the cliff-side until the warm sun was low in the West and the long, evening shadows were merging together.…

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Spider and the Lion.

0ne day Spider went to the river to fish. It must have been Spider’s lucky day, for the fish swarmed around him until at last he had a large pile lying on the muddy bank beside him. “Now for a fire to cook my supper,” exclaimed Spider in delight, and quickly collecting a few sticks,…

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How The Monkeys Saved The Fish.

The rainy season that year had been the strongest ever and the river had broken its banks. There were floods everywhere and the animals were all running up into the hills. The floods came so fast that many drowned except the lucky monkeys who used their proverbial agility to climb up into the treetops. They…

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How the First River Was Made.

Along long time ago, when God made this earth, He chose the mighty elephant to be king of the world. The elephant and his subjects roamed through the dark green forests, and since there were no rivers in those days, God made a pond for them to drink from. Now one day the elephant trumpeted…

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The Monkey’s Heart.

At the edge of the sea there grew a huge tree which spread half its branches over the land and the other half over the water. It was the favourite tree of a little monkey, who would swing and play among its branches all day, stopping only when he was hungry to pick and eat…

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Tortoise and the Baboon.

0ne evening when the tortoise was crawling slowly home, he met the baboon on his path. “Hello, old fellow – said the baboon heartily – Have you found much to eat today?” “No – replied Tortoise  -. Very little indeed.” The baboon danced up and down, chortling with laughter at an idea which had just…

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Brazil. The Forest And The Little Monkey

The sun rises above the Amazon rainforest and the huge, evergreen trees allow rays of light to pass between their leaves and paint the forest floor in dappled shadows.  In one of the taller trees, little monkey Dora is waking up.  Dora is a pretty little monkey with brown hair and a long tail.  She…

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How The Stars Were Born.

One day, two friends named Ebopp and Mbaw went off in search of a good site to establish a farm with fine fields of grain and peanuts.  They looked here and they looked there until they finally found the right place. They immediately began to fell trees and break up the soil. They worded for…

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Tanzania/Maasai. The Woman Of The Oxen.

The Maasai have a saying: “you cannot touch what belongs to a woman”. Indeed, the Maasai – who live in a patriarchal society – are nonetheless very respectful of women’s private property. The proverb came about because of an event that happened years and years ago … Long ago, when the Maasai had just climbed…

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Laos. The Chance Of Living On Earth Longer.

Once, long ago, when the world was newly created, Phya Thaen, the highest god and creator, sent all creatures to the earth. As he was sending them down, he would tell each of them how many years they could live on earth. When all creatures had left, he realized that he forgot to tell four…

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Nigeria. The Mother’s Song

A long time ago, in the outskirts of Jago village, there lived a lioness and her cub, whose name was Kayo. The lioness was very fond of her baby and every night before he went to sleep, she stat to sing. As the days went by, Kayo and her cub grew so fond of each…

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Advocacy

Oasis in all places or the happy sobriety.

An Amerindian legend says that one day, there was a huge wildfire. All the animals gazed at the disaster terrified, distressed and helpless. Only the…

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Baobab

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.

Along time ago the sun and the water both lived on the earth and were very friendly. The sun often paid a visit to the house…

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Youth & Mission

The Synod on Young People: “Walking Together “.

The final document of the synod on young people has been just released. The document consists of 3 parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages.…

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