The true meaning of loyalty
One often wonders about the impact a recurring donation makes to an organisation like Abraham Kriel Bambanani. Please allow me the opportunity to try and explain the immeasurable value such a contribution has.
During a recent telephonic enquiry, I had the privilege to speak to one of our very loyal donors. I received a call from the donor’s daughter who handles his financial affairs. I asked her to please convey our heartfelt appreciation to her father. Mr Pietersen was sitting right next to his daughter whilst we had the conversation, she handed him the phone and I had the privilege and honour to speak to Mr Pietersen personally.
Mr Pietersen told me that he is a retired teacher and preacher from Blouleliesbos in Tsitsikama. He now resides in Kuilsrivier. He was very excited to share that he is turning 90 in November this year. He went on to inform me that he has been a loyal supporter of Abraham Kriel Bambanani for many years. I asked him how it came about that he started supporting Abraham Kriel Bambanani, to which he responded that he had listened to a radio program on RSG and decided to support AKB.
Mr Pietersen grew up in very poor circumstances, but always attended church and prayed for a better life. At age 17 he decided to leave his hometown in hope of a better future. He studied and later became a qualified teacher.
His daughter testified of the wonderful father and grandfather he is. She says he reads his bible every day, listens to the news and reads the newspaper.
I told him about our beneficiaries and the difference his loyal contributions have made in the lives of so many children. It was such a heartfelt moment that we shared. In closing, I asked him for a message to our current beneficiaries: “Your Faith and studies are of utmost importance!”
We salute you Mr Pietersen! Thank you for being a loyal friend to Abraham Kriel Bambanani.
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