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  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Online Book for Brother James Kimpton https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Kimpton/Contributions/Find/RestofWorld0/juliaoakshottlongtermsupporter3
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    Julia Oakshott, long-term supporter

    UK | 7 Nov 2017

     

    A visit to Brother James in 1988

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Messages from the Rest of World

  • Dear Friends/Family, I would like to share a contribution page with you which has been created in the $bookTitle$ book. To view the page please click on the following link: $findContributionLink$ Online Book for Brother James Kimpton https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/Kimpton/Contributions/Find/RestofWorld0/johnharwoodlongtimesupporterandfundraiserinandaroundworcester
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    John Harwood, long-time supporter and fundraiser in and around Worcester

    UK | 7 Nov 2017

     

    It was in the mid-1980s that I first became aware of Reaching the Unreached. There was an appeal for donations in The Universe, a Catholic newspaper. What caught my attention was the drawing of a child in distress at the top of the appeal. The charity seemed to be worth supporting, so I sent a donation. As time passed, I learnt more about the charity and its remarkable founder, Brother James Kimpton. With his practical skills and leadership, decent houses were built, bore holes excavated, Children’s Villages established, skills taught, clinics opened, schools founded, self-help groups encouraged, the elderly supported ….. This was basic Christianity, giving the most disadvantaged a chance to escape dire poverty and reach their potential. Over the years, I received lots of photographs and letters from Brother James, showing the work of Reaching the Unreached. I was always impressed by the contrast between the frail mud huts and the sturdy, practical new houses. I liked to see the joy when a safe, reliable water supply became available. Most of all, I loved to see the obvious happiness of the children – I just knew their smiles and laughter were genuine. DVDs have reinforced my impression of the work that Brother James and RTU have done. Great as his achievements have been, the most important contribution Brother James has made is that he left behind a team of dedicated workers to continue the work he began. As he grew older and less mobile, he made sure that the people with the right skills were in place to continue the magnificent work after his death. We know that Brother James has improved the lives of thousands of people. If you are in Tamil Nadu and looking for evidence of the work of Brother James, I cannot help but think of the epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren in St Paul’s Cathedral: If you are looking for a monument, look around you. John Harwood I was very honoured to receive this signed painting that Brother James had drawn of one of the children in RTU's care when Fr Antony visited the UK in May 2017, in recognition of my service for RTU over many years.

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