It feels as if I have only just returned from the family reunion in Ecuador, yet the next trip is about to be made. Although the Week Nederlandse Missionarissen only pays for a homeleave to the Netherlands once in 4 years, I felt it is better to visit my home country every other year to reconnect with family and friends, and also of course to provide first hand information about the work Ruach is doing in the hope that this will encourage people’s involvement even further.
The tickets are bought. I fly to the Netherlands on 14 March, and will be in England between 18-22 March to visit Eric Jager and his wife who promote our work there. After that I am back in the Netherlands till 3th April. Eric’s Ruach involvement started with translating the content of the Vivir Juntos into English. But in the meantime a good number of people in and near Sherborne know about Ruach’s work through two sponsored Ruach runs, and through several donations from the Anglican Parish to which he and his wife belong. It’s great to see how our circle of involved people expands, and how everyone has his/her own way of giving substance to our catch phrase that we need others to be able to work together to make a difference. Although my English language skills have suffered because I mainly speak Spanish in my daily life, I will take up the challenge to also in England talk about our work and the motivation with which we do our work.
Back in the Netherlands
I’m still working on the puzzle of whom to visit when and where. It’s a matter of aligning each other’s diaries and being open to surprises that no doubt will show up. There are two fixtures so far. I will contribute to the service in my former home church “The Regenboog” in Leiden on 24 March followed by a conversation about our work afterwards. Do you live near Leiden? You’re most welcome. I also hope to be present in an institution of the Pompe Foundation where once a month they organize to cook a meal for inmates and visitors in support of Ruach’s work.
I’d like to have as much quality time with people as possible. !Hasta pronto! (See you soon)