Fr Claude gladly accepted the request of Mother Slyvine, the Superior General, to orient the sisters into social action. Novices, tertians and junior sisters were sent in batches to Bangalore for orientation and a social exposure programme under the guidance of the Cluster School Movement. Seeing the keen interest and positive response of the sisters and villagers, Bethany would take one Experimental Centre at Doddabelavangala in Doddaballapur Taluk. It was a call of the Divine Spirit and Bethany’s response was an emphatic ‘yes’. Sr Agnesia from Mangalore Province, Sr Susheela from Bangalore Province and Sr Praveen from Northern Province were chosen and motivated for the mission.
Two trained teachers, Ms Mabel and Ms Leena Dâ€™Mello were also selected from the Rosa Mystica Teachers Training Institute to join the team. The Seva Sadan community considered social action as a service to the rural poor. Doddabelavangala village has changed in its approach towards the sisters. The apprehensions which appeared on the day of their coming into the village have changed into a wholehearted welcome.
The sisters join the people freely during all their celebrations irrespective of their religion, caste and creed. Sisters have been able to transform many families. The dream of our Founder to have the gospel preached to the poor is being realized at Doddabelavangala day after day.