We remember our former leader whose wisdom and passion for young people is reflected in one of his many speeches made during his service as the World Y leader. “If we want to be a credible Christian movement, then young people must be able to experience in our YMCA a different quality of life. Different from life in other, secular organisations”.
We reflect with thankfulness on the legacy of a man whose footprints reflect a deeply insightful and committed leader who challenged the YMCA family to always be mindful of changing environments compared to traditional programmes. Imploring the consideration of “Experienceable Reality – or Reference to History” in the journey of youth empowerment.
As we give thanks, even with saddened hearts, let us salute John’s life as a leader, stalwart and humble servant with his words are forever imprinted in our YMCA history:
“The YMCA gathers young people and unites them in interaction. The YMCA changes young people and helps them to live a life in love and faith. And the YMCA sends these young people out to serve others, to work for God’s new world”
We remember John with thankfulness and appreciation to God for his invaluable contribution in the YMCA family.
With our deepest and heartfelt condolences.
Carlos Sanvee and James Rhule