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    John Deeney, trustee of RTU in the UK and Lasallian Developing World Projects organiser

    UK | 16 Jan 2018

     

    Br James and Fr Anthony opening housing in a village in 2010 and Br James speaking to UK students from Lasallian Developing World Projects about the development of RTU.

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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/briantimstrusteeofmiriamdeanfund
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    Brian Tims, trustee of Miriam Dean Fund

    UK | 16 Jan 2018

     

    RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS FROM THE MIRIAM DEAN FUND Miriam Dean first heard of Brother James's work during her visit to India in 1978. They never met but came to know each other quickly and deeply through an exchange of letters in which they were both able to pour out their problems and express their concerns and thereby counsel and support each other. Through the Fund that she formed, Miriam was able to support Brother James and RTU in practical ways as well, with grants of money and by sending great sacks of clothes and toiletries, including numerous ‘baby bundles’ containing a towel, two nappies, a sheet, a layette and all that a mother needs for a new born. Miriam died in 1980 and responsibility for the Fund passed to Trevor and Val Dorey, who made many visits to Kallupatti and came to know Brother James very well. They were also early trustees of Reaching the Unreached in the UK. In a tribute published in the Fund’s Winter Newsletter, Trevor wrote: ‘Brother James Kimpton died peacefully in October, aged 92. Within two days 100,000 flocked to pay their respects. Shrines are being built. Such was the reputation of the friend with whom we worked for forty years. James joined a Catholic teaching order in his teens and taught art in Southbourne. Then, drawn to serve the world's poorest, he worked in what was then Ceylon and Madurai before moving in 1974 to start a Boys' Village for 100 destitute youngsters in Batlagundu, Tamil Nadu. The year after, he was asked to care for four orphans whose widowed father had died of starvation. So, Reaching the Unreached was born, with groups of children in the loving care of foster mothers. The first Village – Anbu Illam (place of love) – was followed by three more including the Miriam Village and thousands of young lives were transformed from destitution towards fulfilling careers. In parallel RTU spread its work into the surrounding villages where the sick were tended, the hungry fed, schools and houses built and water installed. India's President once visited to honour Brother James for his unrivalled service to the rural poor. My first memory, from 1982, is of seeing him sitting, late at night, deep in prayer. In private letters he had spoken of his tiredness and even his desperation at the size of the task. He was a shy man, almost aloof at times and fiercely protective of his flock. He set the highest standards for himself and expected them of others. A necessarily isolated figurehead he was, I suspect, at his happiest when the children surrounded their "tatha-ji" (beloved grandfather) in the haven of Anbu Illam's occasional film evenings. As we made our final farewell in 2006, holding hands on a little seat in silence, I felt that perhaps, after twenty years, I knew him for the first time; that in the spiritual life greatness is always married to vulnerability, compassion to deep suffering, self-sacrifice to a joy that passes normal understanding; and that prayer is the key to it all. Those new shrines will, if not in their words, honour a certain Christlikeness.’ After Trevor and Val retired as Trustees at the end of 2008, the present Trustees have continued to support RTU. All Trustees have visited Anbu Illam and met Brother James and been caught up in the wonder of what Brother James has created and the extensive scope of what RTU has become and achieved. Added to that, the personal esteem and regard all of us have for him cannot be underestimated. Whilst his passing is deeply mourned, his legacy continues undiminished and all of us at the Miriam Dean Fund look forward to supporting the work that he started. Brian Tims Trustee of Miriam Dean Fund

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