The Lord bless you and keep you;The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Number 6: 24-26).
2013: A YEAR OF GRACE AND BLESSINGS
In August we received 12 year old Danny into our house community, coming from Goma in Eastern DRC, where his whole family had just been killed by the M23 army.
In October Mr John Faller joined our Mercy House Management team to help with accounting services. Also in October, Jean Paul and Donatien moved out, having studied for 5 years to become fully qualified Netcare nurses, now working at Rosebank Clinic and LInksfield Hospital respectively.
On 10 December Shadadi graduated from Wits Medical School as a Clinical Medical Practitioner.
Kenny passed his matric with a distinction in Business Studies and is hoping to study at Wits in 2014 pending finance.
Early in December the national assembly of the Association of Catholic Tertiary Students (ACTS) came to Mercy House on a day of service, doing a splendid job in cleaning up and painting the place.
Also in December, Mercy House acquired a new baby, in the form of 6 six week old Charlie, a German shepherd puppy, bought from a man standing on the nearest street corner.
He has kept everyone very busy, shredding everything he can lay hold of, and irritating the older canines, Princess and Lady, but he is quite adorable, bringing much joy to our community. Welcome Charlie!
|From left to right: Fr Jeremias, Mr and Mrs Rademeyer and Angela , Judy and Alphie Dumbutshena after Holy Mass|
We were privileged to have Father Jeremias of the Comboni Fathers to offer this Holy Mass for us. Christmas was the crowning glory of our year: a truly beautiful occasion, with a play and the arrival of Father Christmas on a bicycle, bringing gifts for all. We were again privileged to have with us Comboni Fathers, John Converset (visiting from USA), Father John Maneschg and Provincial Father Jeremias, as well as Bez Valley parish priest, Father Arnaldo, all seen in the photo below. All in all, about 60 people joined in our Mercy House Christmas celebration.