Brother Kimpton walks restlessly across the playground. "A couple have just brought in another one, a deaf and mute child," he says. He looks tired. And you wonder at the endurance that for 50 years has allowed this man to take on the troubles of so many. "I haven't any idea where we're going to put her," he says with a sigh that ends in a smile, "but she's such a beautiful baby."
You know that she will be all right, this little girl. You know that she will find a place; because, like all the other children before her, she has already found a place in Brother Kimpton's heart.
Compiled by Scott Preston, volunteer and now trustee of Reaching the Unreached in the UK
Quotes in this article are taken from newsletters that Brother James sent to supporters.
James Kimpton was born in 1925 in Conway, North Wales. He has been known to many through different names, Brother James, Brother Lionel, simply ‘Brother’, or his favourite ‘Thatha’ meaning grandfather, normally used by the children he cared for at Reaching the Unreached. Although he was addressed using these different names, the kindness and love that he portrayed to everyone he met remained a constant throughout, and this was known and felt by the thousands of people with whom he had an impact on throughout his long and fulfilling life. His strong character and conviction for working with the poor, and his believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ to care for all those he came across, gave him the strength to help thousands of people over many decades. The positive lives of those he worked with and helped through this work is a testament to the man he was.
Reaching the Unreached was founded by Brother to meet for the felt basic needs of the poor people with whom he worked and lived with in Tamil Nadu, South India. He could wake up in the morning, walk down to the gates of RTU and find a small bundle wrapped in rags, a baby, abandoned on his doorstep. With gentle and loving hands he would gather up the child, and they would be brought into RTU. They would be washed, fed, given clothes, but more important than all of these things, the child would be given love.Next Previous