Production of new bricks, air-dried
Our about 4000 km long tour through Germany was most exciting, exhausting and inspiring. A special “Thank You” to all who gave us so generously room and board on the way. It was a blessing to be able to see or phone so many of you. Even if we did not reach everybody for lack of time, we will do our best to stay in contact with you all.
After visiting our friends and supporters in the Stuttgart area, we spent one week in Mainz and visited John’s mother (99) and father (101) every day. It was the last time we saw his father on earth as a week later he passed away peacefully. All who knew him were willing to let him go, as it seemed his time was ready.
Next, we spent a week at the seat of our association and held our yearly ADH meeting, worked on the finances etc. At the yearly presentation of our work in Moers we also met some new people interested in our work. Then we met Jens and Melanie and talked about our website and possibilities of closer cooperation in the future.
:From there we returned to Mainz for the burial clebrations. It was a moving experience and as sad as it was to let go of father, grandpa and great grandpa for the big crowd, which had arrived from 6 countries, the priest also emphasized the positive side of knowing that the one who left us on this side is alive on the other side.
As it so often happens in a family, when one person goes another one is born. After the burial, we travelled to Berlin to visit John’s first family, where one of his daughters, Marianne, gave birth to her first child, which was the most beautiful home delivery she could have wished for. We had a great time with Daniela and our children who were present. Angie came for a visit from Tunisia, Sara came from England and Joanna had just recently returned from a 3 years stay in Australia and New Zealand. It was a beautiful reunion.
Our manager Jean in Congo had his yearly month off and visited his first family in Kinshasa. During his absence in Mushapo, our school director Pierre was overseeing the work, especially more brick production. Things are also getting prepared for the new school year, when we expect about 400 children in our primary and 100 in the secondary school.
We wish you all a beautiful ending of the summer season.