God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensées of a Catholic priest

15.09.2009 15 days to go…

15 days still to go until I will commence my challenge – and after a weekend full of farewell celebrations the daily routine kicks in and I try to focus on finalizing stuff and at the same time preparing for the new portfolio. Now is an interesting time, still in the old job, but already with your thoughts starting to get used to the new one. Amazing 0r schizophrenia? 🙂

I am starting really to look forward to the new challenge, I compile already a list of what I wish to achieve in the first 6 months and preparing for my first overseas trip to Berlin, Wolfsburg, Munich, Berlin, Aachen, Frankfurt and Bitburg in the second half of October. After one year of not being able to plan it is a big relief for me exactly being able to do that. I normally only function well if I have a plan and I can set goals for myself what I want to achieve – and I do this normally for one year ahead.  In my work I am very goal orientated, ask my colleagues – for them it is sometimes very scary. Also that I try to think big – I firmly believe that only thinking big and maybe sometimes even that what seems to be impossible is the only way to achieve the maximum.

And I like to network, to exchange experience; but this seems to be very difficult here in South Africa between NGO’s.  It look to me, that there is no culture of trust but mistrust – everybody has fear to lose out a feather or a sponsor. On the other hand I have seen NGO’s  which in my opinion simply abusing an open hand and mind to gain benefits only for themselves. So at the end mostly either a wall of silence or abuse – such a pity. I am convinced that there is so much to do in this world and also in South Africa that we can join hands and cooperate in an honest way. Wishful thinking? I hope not…

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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