30 January, 2017
We are already well into the new year and wish all our readers, friends and benefactors many blessings. 2017 will never come again, so let us make the most of it, for the glory of God! If we look back on the years gone by and count our blessings, we have to be confident and excited about the future. “My Father goes on working all the time and so do I,” said Our Lord Jesus Christ. Life, time and eternity are so much bigger than we are, yet we have our irreplaceable role to play. A team of 6 minute little ants can move a piece of meat, maybe 10 times bigger than they are, up a steep wall, but we are much bigger than they! So, imagine what we can achieve when we work together with one another and with God. Mercy House is His work, and we are ready to be carried on to greater things! Thank you to all who help and support us in any way, even if only by your interest and encouragement. We are powerless without you! May God reward you.
Through the amazing support of a diocese in Germany, and loyal supporters in the USA and UK, we have been able to assist no less than 19 scholars with schooling and 11 young people with tertiary courses – a feat which we would never even have imagined possible in former years. Of course we may not have the good fortune of receiving such money again next year, but at least we could help for 2017. The photos below show Brielle in her uniform on the first day of school, Ivan helping his young brother to get uniform at Phoenix College where they are both enrolled and Yuri who also started school this year at Observatory East Primary.
On the 16th of December 2016, we celebrated 20 years of the existence of Mercy House. Bishop Sandri kindly came and celebrated a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving with us. We especially invited Bishop Sandri, because it was he, as Father Jo, together with Fr Henry, who, in 1996 helped us to start Mercy House. The photos show Sr Clementine and Innocentia, both Mercy House co-workers attending, another of Bishop Sandri and Diana after the Mass, and another of Bishop during the Mass.
We thank Bishop Sandri very much indeed for coming and giving us of his time. Needless to say, he was amazed to see all that has developed in the 20 years of our existence.
Every Saturday morning we have extra lessons for our school children. For this we thank Innocentia, a South African teacher, who specialises in Afrikaans and Zulu. She comes to share her expertise. Then there is Mr Steven Wanyoika, who comes to help our boys with their Business Studies and Accounting. He himself is an accountant and company manager, so knows the field well. Our new co-worker, Nozizwe, also comes to help with other subjects. We thank these volunteers for their faithful and dedicated service.
We are blessed with having so many very loyal, humble and silent background helpers within the Mercy circle, who quietly make their contribution without much publicity. We would like to mention a few here, even though we cannot mention everyone. There is Emmanuel who does our website. There is Peter Holding who has for years done our monthly shopping – surely a mammoth task. There is John Faller who does our payments, his brother Paddy, who organises the stationery packs for our scholars. There is a very humble and selfless woman, Diana Gordon Grant, who runs a school sandwich circle for us, and bring sandwiches, bread and vegetables to our house every week, not to mention the other support she and her husband give. There is Felicity Borland who, with her husband, has helped us in numerous ways, there is Judy Dumbutshena who takes special care of one of our young orphans… Then there are those who help significantly from a distance: Jerry and Tommie, Art and Mary Lou and Father John Converset in the USA, our UK Mercy Team and Father Andrew in the UK, Father Jeremias in Rome... There is our beloved Sister Fidelis who worked for us for 10 years and is now retired, who continues to pray for us and take a lively interest in our work. To you and the many others who cannot be mentioned here: thank you so much. We could never reward you adequately, but God will… May you be blessed.