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Mario Hook on Mgr. George’s humility and boundless energy for his ever expanding projects.It was just over thirty years ago that Fr. George Grima came to Gibraltar to visit his brother Fr. Coronato Grima, who was serving the people of Gibraltar at the time.
My wife and I had been blessed with the friendship of Fr. Coronato and it was through him that we first met Fr. George. At the time he was on his way to Brazil as he had decided to leave his very dear father and mother, brothers, family, friends, house and country to serve the poorest of the poor in Brazil.
He explained the very extreme poverty and destitution that children were subjected to and he felt a deep love and need to offer his life for them. I found it hard to comprehend his devotion to the service of others in this manner and so I asked him the motivation for choosing this way of life, in his usual (inspired) humility he quoted St. Matthew saying:
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life”.
To this very day I often remember him saying these words.
It was at that very moment that my wife and I got involved in his work.
Just over thirty years later, Gibraltar still assists Fr. George in his monumental task of assisting the unfortunate people that come his way in Brazil, Kenya and Ethiopia. These destitute, unwanted, disabled and poorest of the poor people are his loving ministry. It is in serving these people that Fr. George found the enormous strength and motivation to continue despite the many obstacles that often appear in this ministry given the remote regions, not to mention the plethora of ethnic troubles and wars.
Local Focal Point for Fund-raisingA few years ago GibMissionAfrica came into existence; a local charitable trust. GibMissionAfrica is the focal point in Gibraltar for organizing fund-raising events which allowed Fr. George to bring to fruition the many projects which we carry out for the benefit of our less fortunate brothers.
All those involved in this ever-expanding project feel humbled at being able to work and offer support for such unfortunate people, especially unwanted children, the disabled and lepers. At times the demands appear to be overwhelming, but then we have always felt inspired by Fr. George’s energy and his unfailing trust in Divine Providence and submission to God’s will.
The now famous words – “he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” is undoubtedly the best description for Fr. George.
God willing GibMissionAfrica will continue to support these projects for many years to come.
If you would like to help support Fr. George Grima’s work please see contact details at the top of the page, funds can be paid as a ‘one of’ or a monthly payment:
Gibraltar International Bank Sort Code: 608314
or use the green collection boxes around town.
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