This year Easter was again celebrated meaningfully and joyfully. We attended the Holy Week services and those of Easter Sunday. Thereafter our joyful celebration at Mercy House was well attended and, as the photos show, the children had immense joy from the visit of the Easter bunny and catching their Easter eggs. A big thank you to CALTEX for arranging the visit of the bunny to us, also to those who actually brought him.
As a thank you to our Mercy House supporters and co-workers we are planning intermittent spiritual input, in the form of occasional full-day of half-day recollection days. These are only for those who are interested in this, no pressure being put on anyone who, for one or another reason, may prefer not to attend. Our first one was held on 7 March at the Comboni Centre in Pretoria, being attended around 20 participants. Father Jeremias gave a very inspiring talk and Father Gunther assisted in other ways. We thank both these fathers for their support and help. The photos below were taken in the chapel and at the lunch.
We have started a Saturday morning learning assistance programme. In February Innocentia started helping our scholars with Zulu and Afrikaans.
In March, Alphie Dumbutshena started helping our adults with English, and finally, on 28 March, Thope and Blanche commenced classes in English, Maths and whatever else our scholars might need help with. We are immensely grateful to these enthusiastic new co-workers and so are their students, who are really excited about the assistance they see they will get.
John came to us when he was only 8 years old. The photo above shows him then with Sister Fidelis. He is now in his early twenties! In the meantime he went through his schooling where he studied catering and was made head boy of Greswold school. He got a job at Waterfall Retirement Village in their bakery and has already been given a promotion. His enthusiasm cannot be stilled: in addition to this, he now plans to start doing catering, in his spare time, from home.
We were able to find him some financial help to get his “home catery” going and our co-worker, Michael Jacobus, has mentored him admirably to get this small business off the ground. Our thanks to his sponsor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and to Michael for his meticulous and selfless guidance, and every good wish to our John whose determination and enthusiasm will get him far. Good luck John, we are proud of you!
Our last new arrival was a baby in November! This time it is a young teenage boy, Eric. We welcome him and see that he is already very much part of the family. We are grateful to have the opportunity to help him and hope and pray that his time at Mercy House, will be happy and blessed.