Good Job All!
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Mon, 31 Oct 1994 12:11:37 -0800
I knew I could count on you! If you could have seen their eyes when they =
saw all the messages this morning waiting for them. Harold kept hugging =
my arm and saying. 'uncle, what does that one say, read the next one. =
where is he/she from. ' Borne, who wasn't too interested last night =
jumped on the band wagon and he got excited also. This was the first time =
they've ever experienced E-Mail. They couldn't stop talking about it and =
wanted to share it with their teachers at 'school'. Thank you to everyone =
They keep a scrap book of their experiences so I'm printing all the =
messages. However, I've cut any snail mail addresses from them. The =
reason is that we've been warned that when they return to their country =
there are people in their villages who will collect these addresses and =
start to solicit you directly for big-ticket items, hopefully playing on =
your sympathy. There are ways to help Borne and Harold if you're =
interested and I'll be more than happy to respond privately to any who =
request that information.
Regarding some of the questions asked:
Regarding Scouts. They are not scouts and although I talk about it with =
them they are having a hard time understanding the concept. Unfortunately =
we won't be having a den meeting while they are here, so they won't =
They are not celebrating Halloween per the request of the sponsoring =
group. Africa still has a strong 'Spiritualism' dealing with death, and =
they don't understand why we would celbrate it.
Borne, Harold and Steven (one of the leaders staying with us) have all =
lost their parents due to the violence of Idi Amin. Steven's parents were =
murdered when he was 9 years old, when it was found out that Christianity =
was being practiced in the village. The village was surrounded by =
military and they opened fire with machine guns tearing the village and =
people to pieces. Steven escaped and lived in the brush for 4 months =
before being discovered by another village.
All I know about Borne and Harolds family is that they are no longer =
living, and it has been eluded to another military massacre.
Regardless of your faith I ask that you pray for these children and those =
still left in Africa.
In Scouting . . .
Peter Van Houten
Peter Van Houten / E-Mail: =
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City