English summary of Mr Mauermanns article of November, 11, 2016
„In the existence mode of the materialistic and having,
man finds his fortune in the superiority over others, his ability to capture, a consciousness of power and ultimately to rob and kill.
In the pure essence of being, existence is in loving, sharing, giving.“
Erich Fromm, German philosopher
The Rwandan youth who we support with general education and vocational training profit directly from the foster parent’s willingness to give from what they have.
We have just celebrated St. Martin’s Day. The story of this Roman army officier who shared his cloak with a poor beggar, has developed into a central international theme of sharing with those who are less fortunate.
OWG knows that our foster parents give what they can from what they have.
Dietmar recollects his upbringing as it relates to sharing. Sharing should be fair.
In the case of four friends about to enjoy an apple, of course it is cut into four equal parts.
Sharing and identity recognition establishes relationship to one another.
It is easy to realize the lasting goodwill in the parable of the shared cloak.
Two things are important to note.
First: Martin gave the naked beggar one-half of his cloak so the man would be shielded from further humility.
The reality was that the beggar would still be subjected to the cold.
Secondly: By Martin sharing the half of his cloak, he remained clothed for his continued journey.
Upon his arrival home, he could have easily disgarded the half, because it was one of the many cloaks he owned. His generosity had no negative effect on his worth.
Dietar sends his appreciation to the children around the world who have re-enacted the play portraying the generosity of St. Martin.
Their participation with other children helps to ingrain the message of generosity into the hearts of mankind.
He wants to insure that all of the sponsors and foster parents who are committed to the mission of OWG are appreciated more than any words can express.
Though this support, the existence of these individual lives are validated and are better equiped to be functional adults.
As they all come from the deepest of abject poverty, anything above the simplest of bare daily survival essentials is seen as a plus.
We acknowledge that your contribution, from what you have, makes an inestimable difference in the lives of these children.
Our gratitude is enormous for the gift which you give.
We also acknowledge that it is not the size or the amount donated, but rather the incalculable results which will be measurable later in the lives of these, our foster children.
A closing thought from Dietmar: „People who have very little, give from what they have. Those who have more than enough, give from what is left over.“
Dietmar sends his warmest of regards to our readers and hopes that the acknowledgement of St. Martins day was meaningful in the sense of sharing and honoring our fellow man.
Translation and summary by Randell K. Anderson