Dear Friends of Addis Hope,
I hope this finds you and your loved ones doing well. As for me, I recall in my 2017 Easter message that it was written from Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ where I was recovering from a bout with pneumonia. Well, unfortunately, this 2019 message is also written from the same location after having two more bouts in the intervening years. While I have been told that I cannot return to Ethiopia, a beloved country where I first arrived fifty years ago, I am still able to maintain contact through social media.
As I mentioned in other communications, our Addis Hope classrooms were illegally knocked down to make room for government structures. Numerous court appearances to seek redress were spectacularly unsuccessful. My Lasallian colleague, Ruth Girmay, is now producing leather goods with the idea of eventually training street mothers so that the income they receive can help feed their families and send their children to school.
Space allows only this very brief description of our current situation in the hope that your continued support will allow the Addis Hope program to serve the marginalized whom we first began assisting in 1991.
At the risk of sounding immodest, my feelings today may resemble “The Man in the Arena,” an address by Teddy Roosevelt to university students.
May you have a blessed Easter (Melkam Fassika !!!)
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)
Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957)
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