From mid-February to mid-April 2016 MI was blessed to have husband and wife Burckhard and Herta Deyerling staying at MI and helping us put together a new MI Operations Manual. Burckhard and Herta are originally from Germany, but have lived for a long time in Adelaide, South Australia, getting there by way of South Africa and Sydney, where they worked in banking and IT.
For the past 30 years Burckhard and Herta have left their base in Adelaide for years at a time to help run development organisations in a number of countries, beginning in 1986 in Ethiopia with People for People (three years), with SOS Children’s Villages in the Middle East (six months), Namibia (three years) and Australia (seven years), and two years with Callan Services in Wewak, right here in PNG.
It was while they were in Wewak that the Deyerlings got to know MI Director Fr Geovanne Bustos, when he was working in remote Sepik parishes. Their ongoing contact and friendship with him led to them coming to Goroka this year.
Burckhard and Herta are great travellers, mostly on foot and by bicycle. Age has not wearied them! They have walked three of the world’s most famous Christian pilgrim trails: the Camino in Spain to Santiago de Compostella in 2005 (850km); to Rome in 2008 (800km) and Syria, Jordan and Israel in 2011 (800km), just as hostilities were breaking out in Syria.
We thank you Burckhard and Herta for your wonderful service to us, and pray for God’s protection and blessing on you wherever you go next!