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    Br Alviro Rodriquez Echeverria, former Superior General of the Christian Brothers

    Costa Rica | 14 Sep 2018

     

    As I reflect on the wonderful contribution of Br James Kimpton in Sri Lanka and India over a long period of 60 years a passage from the Christian Scriptures comes to mind; “And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19, 29). In his early twenties he left his homeland of Great Britain setting sail for Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). He literally, in the spirit of the gospel, left his home land, loved ones and Brothers for Asia, never to return! I am confident that in making that great leap of faith, Br James has down through the years “received a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” We all know well that Br James following the example of the Founder of the De La Salle Brothers, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, has throughout his life had a love for the poor and has been a champion for their care, well being and rights. His dedicated ministry at Boys' Town, Ragama in Sri Lanka, at Boys’ Village and Reaching the Unreached in India are testimony to the fact that throughout his life the poor have always been and still remain close to his heart and a priority. I have a great admiration for Reaching the Unreached; a project founded by him and well known and acclaimed not only in India but also abroad. Through his ministry of service he and his collaborators have reached the unreached and shared the love and compassion of God with countless persons in need irrespective of race, culture or creed. Fraternally in De La Salle, Brother Alviro

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    Margaret Addicott

    UK | 9 Apr 2019

     

    I served as the Superintendent of the Association of Arulagam in Madurai from 1989 to 1998 and then the Association decided to open a Hospice for HIV + patients, women, men and children and I went there as Superintendent to help get it started. The Association of Arulagam was a sheltering home for disadvantaged women. Some were abandoned by their husbands, others ran away from abusive marriages, still others came from the jail having been convicted of prostitution, some had husbands serving jail sentences. Some of these young women came with small children and, in the early days that I was there, we didn't have the facilities to care for these little ones and this is where Brother James came to our aid. The children stayed in RTU's Children's Villages and their mother's went to visit them on visiting days. Some of the mothers were interviewed and then trained by Brother James to be foster mothers in RTU so they were able to be with their own children along with caring for others in the Children's Villages as well. When we bought land for the Hospice, which was in a very rural area near Dindugal, there was no tap or well on it and Brother helped us enormously by using his wonderful gift of being able to divine water sources. He sent in his drilling rig a number of times during the early years of the Hospice, and helped us drill around four wells altogether. He served on the Board of the Hospice and was a great source of wisdom and encouragement for us. When we began to get a good number of children who were HIV+ he very generously donated two small cottages similar to the ones in RTU, one for the girls and one for the boys. His utter dedication to the welfare of children and the poor in general was an inspiration to us all. It was a blessing and a privilege to work in partnership with him in the Lord's service, and to be able to call him a friend. He was a very special person and radiated the love of the Lord to everyone with whom he came in contact. Margaret Addicott

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