BY FR JOHN GLYNN
I finally decided to cash in my savings and get something more comfortable and reliable - and bought a late model second-hand Mitsubishi Colt. It is a dream to drive, thank God!
I also have a new house. Thanks to the most generous of benefactors, the house - to be known as The Chaplain’s House - is finally finished being built on our school land.
It is a small steel kit house and perfect for me. It took two years to get permission from the Building Board (we didn’t bribe anyone) and another six months to build, but at last it is ready and I move in next week.
Two years ago the school decided it was time for me to stop regular classroom teaching - too old and decrepit - but this year we are short of teachers and I’m back! It is just for a couple of terms and I only teach six periods a week of Religion to the Grade 12s.
I love it and am having a great time trying to give lively and stimulating lessons to a great bunch of students.
My medical adventures in Ireland last year were not terribly happy ones, and I returned here not feeling at all like my old self.
Happily, I have been experiencing a slow but steady improvement in my health and fitness over the months since then. Apart from some weakness in my legs I am now feeling very fit and well indeed.
May God bless you all.
Fr John Glynn is the founder of WeCare! PNG, which has been in operation for nearly five years providing modest grants to village soup kitchens and sending hundreds of Port Moresby children to school. WeCare! guarantees a minimum subsidy of K400 a month to every care group and pays school fees for children who are either orphans or have only one parent.
Fr John started WeCare! out of his own pocket after seeing the dire situation of neglected and abandoned young women and children in Port Moresby. The Digicel Foundation came to his rescue with funding enabling him to put hundreds of children into school.
Fr John worries about the fate of WeCare! once he is out of the picture. “I am just a bush priest who came to Port Moresby in retirement after almost 40 years in remote parishes in New Ireland and Manus. If anything happens to me - I am almost 74 – that will be the end of WeCaRe! [unless] it is established as fully locally-owned, self-sustaining NGO.”