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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/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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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/paddycarpenterformerpupilofbrotherjamesatstpetersinbournemouth
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    Paddy Carpenter, former pupil of Brother James at St Peter's in Bournemouth

    UK | 7 Nov 2017

     

    Brother Lionel (as he was then known) can't have been much older than us boys but with cassock and bib and quite a few inches taller, we showed him the utmost respect due to the top teachers. He was one of the younger brothers, along with Swithun, Austin and Oswald, who all played soccer and cricket with us boys (without cassock and bib) and became more like older brothers than holy Brothers. Brother Lionel was my Art teacher. I wasn't much good at Art. In my family we shared out the talents and my brother Anthony was the artist and we never trespassed on a sibling's patch. At least that was my excuse. Brother was an angular man. Bespectacled, tall and bony and judging from photos in recent RTU publications he never lost that slim figure. He had a big voice but a light touch and from memory never had any disciplinary problems with us boys. We seemed to reserve all our rowdiness for the lay teachers. No cassock, no bib, no proper respect. No justice but that's how it was with some of our lay teachers. I can remember when Brother Lionel left St Peter’s. He was off to the ‘missions’ as I understood it. Somehow I thought he went to Africa which for me at that age was the destination of most missionaries. I never saw Brother Lionel again. I seem to remember the admiration we all felt (not an easy emotion for us teenage boys, unless it is for a footballer such as Stanley Matthews or Tommy Lawton). This young Brother who had already given up the chance of having a family was off to a part of the world full of leprosy and desperately poor people, at least that's how I imagined the ‘nissions'. He was off to the heart of darkness. It's only more recently that I caught up with Brother again through the Old Boys, the Cassidy’s and my sister Ann McKinney (her talent was singing). What has been a source of real pleasure for me is that the expatriate charity I have worked with here in France has made a number of donations to RTU and one of the little family houses in South India bears the name of our Association. I am proud to have known Brother Lionel even though I knew him at an age when I could not have guessed at the amazing achievements of his later life. May he rest in peace. Paddy Carpenter Pupil at St Peters, Bournemouth 1948-1956

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