What do you think… Christian leader calling people to radical discipleship? Founder of a mission movement? The guy with the blow up world balloon?
For us, when we say the name George Verwer, we remember his encouragement to print A Garland for Ashes (Hanna’s story) in O.M. India and the copies he has given to any OMers who knew us.
He gave a copy to Ron Forberg. When Ron reached page 145, he thought of the scene he had captured on film, a team leaving Zaventem, Belgium for India in October 1968. Posting the picture has stirred so many memories among old OMers.
In those days we were cautious about acting like tourists in our mission journeys and cameras were rare, hard to believe in 2015 with Instagram…. Facebook. And so most of our friendships, life changing experiences are unrecorded except in our mutual memories.
Thank you George Verwer and Ron Forberg for bringing the Zaventem courtyard back to life.
Gentle, timid family,
Hiding as you feast,
Skittering in the stony shrub.
Why do you betray your kin,
With constant, anxious squawks?
Matchstick legs, propellers whirling,
Combs aflutter, blown about
By gusts of your own frightened speed.
I celebrate your ‘quailness’,
Will do you no harm,
Only gaze and marvel,
As the breath of God touches my soul.