Category: My Story

An ancient, yet modern story

The day started much like any other day. I had no wealth of my own, in fact the rather scraggy looking sheep I was looking after belonged to my wife’s father. There was very little grass to be found in the semi-dessert that I had made my home, […]

Ageing gracefully

For much of my life I felt that I was going to this life forever. O.K., I knew that I would have to die someday, but that seemed in the far distant future. Then 13 years ago, at the age of 59, I had a stroke and came […]

Lord I want to dream again

Lord, I want to dream again. When I have followed my dreams my life has been fulfilled. When I have ignored  my dreams I have become stagnant. What do I do now that some of my dreams have come true? Do I just glory in their fulfilment?  Do […]

My new book

Compassion and Justice I feel passionate about compassion particularly for the billions who are living in desperate poverty around the world. Extreme poverty can be eliminated if people like you and I say ‘enough is enough’! But compassion alone is not enough. So many people are exploited by […]

Smashing cycles of poverty in Jaffna

Can we smash the cycle of poverty and prevent one generation trapped in poverty producing another poor generation? Returning from our visit to Jaffna recently we were overwhelmed by stories which emphasised the importance of education and the potential to radically change lives. In this article I present some […]

Sri Lanka 27 years on

I first visited Sri Lanka early in 1988, but have just returned from what must be about my 30th visit. The roots of the poverty relief charity, Kingscare/Karuna Action developed here, and the country has been central to it’s work and vision. I remember well my first visit. I […]

Return to Jaffna

Well here we are in Jaffna. We have met so many people that our heads are spinning. We have had lots of rice and curry and are on our second bottle of industrial sized mineral water. Things have certainly changed. Out of a group of 10 people 6 […]

How can I keep from singing?

What is an article about singing doing on a blog dedicated to compassion and justice? I am very aware of the problems in the world created by poverty and injustice. But hey! Life isn’t all doom and gloom. Yes, I feel passionate about justice, but singing is a […]