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KIT Jan 1995, Vol VII #1

KIT Jan 1995, Vol VII #1

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A VERY HAPPY 1995 TO ALL OUR READERS! The KIT Newsletter now begins its SEVENTH year of publishing, unbelievable as it may seem, with more than a million words in print in 61 issues. We have reprinted these in spiral-bound annuals that total over 1800 pages.
A VERY HAPPY 1995 TO ALL OUR READERS! The KIT Newsletter now begins its SEVENTH year of publishing, unbelievable as it may seem, with more than a million words in print in 61 issues. We have reprinted these in spiral-bound annuals that total over 1800 pages.

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The KIT Newsletter, an Activity of the KIT Information Service, aProject of The Peregrine Foundation
P.O. Box 460141 / San Francisco, CA 94146-0141 /telephone: (415) 821-2090 / (415) 282-2369KIT Staff U.S.: Ramon Sender, Charles Lamar, Christina Bernard, Vince Lagano,Dave Ostrom;U.K. : Susan Johnson Suleski, Ben Cavanna, Leonard Pavitt, Joanie Pavitt Taylor,Brother Witless (in an advisory capacity)The KIT Newsletter is an open forum for fact and opinion. It encourages theexpression of all views, both from within and from outside the Bruderhof. Theopinions expressed in the letters we publish are those of the correspondents and do notnecessarily reflects those of KIT editors or staff.
January 1995 Volume VII #1-------------- "Keep In Touch" --------------
A VERY HAPPY 1995 TO ALL OUR READERS! The KIT Newsletter now beginsits SEVENTH year of publishing, unbelievable as it may seem, with more than amillion words in print in 61 issues. We have reprinted these in spiral-bound annualsthat total over 1800 pages. Also we have three books in print, Roger Allain's, BetteBohlken-Zumpe's and Nadine Moonje Pleil's, with two more planned for the nextyears. We have enjoyed five Friendly Crossways summer conferences inMassachusetts, three EuroKITs in England, as well as a two-day gathering atWheathill in 1992 attended by 65 people. EuroKIT reports at least seven ad hocinformal get-togethers at various people's houses with up to 30 people attending (oneon only two weeks' notice! This does not include innumerable individual contacts withfriends, old and new. In the States, there have been the ongoing Christmas sing-alongswith Muschi and Heidi's families (now also started in the D.C. area), as well as a 1994Spring Camp-out that was attended by 42 happy campers. On top of all this, we have avery active computer Bulletin Board (The Humming Bird Express) and e-mailconnections (in the States except for the Cavanna Connection) with roughly 15 peoplechatting almost daily. Ben Cavanna also reports that the U.K. group continues withthree useful support groups. Those of you who have a computer or want to think aboutgetting online for cheap, we have a $200 possible deal to get you started. Contact KITstaff for info! We also have quite a successful Lost & Found Super-Sleuth Service thatfound Andrew Bazeley's dad and is working on a list of others. By the end of Januarywe hope to be able to provide access to the Newsletter over the InterNet (WorldWideWeb, complete with a home page, newsletter back issues and various articles. So if you're feeling 'poor and lonely' like the song says, there's no reason to sit and mope.KIT is ready to connect you into the network in whatever way suits you best! 1995KIT Conference! The Friendly Crossways gathering this year will be held on theweekend of July 28-31, 1995. Mark Your Calendars!
----- The Whole Kit And Caboodle -----
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EuroKIT Staff Change: As of this issue, Susan Johnson Suleski will replace JoyJohnson MacDonald as coordinator for EuroKIT mailings. Joy has taken on a degreecandidacy in counselling, and has more than enough to keep her busy. KIT staff wouldlike to thank Joy for her wholehearted efforts over the years that helped to create thenurturing environment for KITfolk existing in the U.K. and Europe today. Despite the'changing of the guard,' we are sure that Joy's loving presence will continue to be in allour lives. Thank you, Joy!ITEM: Monika and Balz Trumpi-Arnold reported that the letter they mailed to Emi-Ma Zumpe on the anniversary of the death of Eberhard Arnold was returnedunopened. Enclosed was a note from Emmy Zumpe stating that the Zumpe relatives inthe Bruderhof felt that they could have nothing to do with the Trumpi- Arnolds as longas they are a part of KIT, whom they consider a group that trying to destroy the lifethey are leading.Ben Cavanna, 1/5/95: An update on the Paraguay photos. We are still checking thecataloging of the negatives with the prints as we found a few errors. That is nearlyfinished and then we can get all the reprints done and out to those of you who orderedat EuroKIT. Sorry for the delay. We are at the same time continuing the identificationof the photos which was started at the conference, but there is quite a long way to go.If you think you can help with this, please let me know. The photos are circa 1954.The project is to produce a photo album of these wonderful pictures which are a greatrecord of what was achieved in Paraguay. Love,Joe Keiderling to Plough mailing list 11/23/94: Dear Friend, this year has beenunforgettable for us here at the communities of the Hutterian Brethren. I am sure someof you have heard about the difficulties we have encountered at our Palmgrovecommunity in Nigeria, but for those who have not, you should know that in June wediscovered that the two Nigerian leaders who originally pleaded to join with us hadsecretly assumed control of significant assets of the Hutterian Church in Nigeria. Theymade it clear to us they didn't want us at Palmgrove.As you can imagine, this was a stunning blow, and in many ways we are stillrecovering. Tragically, there are many Nigerians involved who have become victimsto the personal whims of their two leaders. We felt we had no choice but to withdrawtemporarily until Palmgrove could be restored to its original purpose. We made everyeffort to ensure that those remaining in Palmgrove would be cared for and providedthem with ample resources.There is much more I could say about this. Over the past years you shared in theexcitement we felt in this new venture, and you supported us generously, and if thereare any questions you might have, I would be happy to answer them. We still trust thatnone of our shared efforts will have been in vain. To ensure the responsible care of the buildings and people, we have two Hutterian ministers from Canada there with theiwives.But though our work in Nigeria has been scaled back significantly, the work of  building community and of service goes on in other areas. We have maintained activeand rewarding exchanges with groups in India, Japan, South Africa, and Israel. Our young people have helped with flood relief in Georgia, and in emergency relief work 
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in the neighborhoods around our communities. But one project in particular has beenthe focus of the resources of the Hutterian Brethren Service Committee this year. Iwould like to introduce this to you.You probably know that our communities operate a business called Rifton['Rifton Products' - ed] that manufactures equipment for the severely disabled.Through this, we have become deeply involved in a new approach to special educationdeveloped in California called MOVE.Through our nonprofit Service Committee, and in collaboration with a team of rehab and education professionals in Bakersfield, California, we are helping to create anew charitable organization called MOVE International whose mission is to improvethe overall quality of life for people with severe disabilities and for those who care for them. The new MOVE International will revolutionize the way people withdisabilities are taught. Indeed, the revolution has already begun. Thousands of peoplewith severe disabilities around the world have already discovered the hope MOVEoffers. From children with cerebral palsy to adults affected by debilitating accidents,those people are stepping out of their wheelchairs and into a life of choice,independence, and dignity. Naturally, the communities of the Hutterian Brethren are committed to thesuccess of this new venture. But much must be accomplished during the next fewyears. The burdens and joys of liberating individuals with severe disabilities are onlynow becoming better understood. Both learners and caregivers require further education, guidance, new supportive equipment, proper research, and new techniquesif exciting progress is to continue to unfold. To this task we dedicate the new MOVEInternational.This year we will assign all proceeds from our Service Committee's annual funddrive to the creation of the new MOVE International. Would you consider a charitablecontribution to the HBSC to help us? Your donation will provide us with the resourcesto set in motion a new movement that spells hope for rehab's forgotten people.I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like more information or a freecopy of our new booklet on MOVE International, please call.Yours sincerely, Joe KeiderlingP.S. Since the HBSC is a 501(c)3 organization, your contribution will be fullytax-deductible.ITEM: it was pointed out to us by a reliable source that the MOVE solicitation letter from Joe Keiderling contained at least one substantial inaccuracy: Joe stated that theBruderhof arranged for the western Hutterite ministers to look after the welfare of thefaithful and to maintain the physical plant at Palmgrove. According to our source, theBruderhof had absolutely nothing to do with the western ministers being on site atPalmgrove, and in fact they are there in defiance of a directive from Christoph Arnoldto the Western Brethren to shun any overtures from the Nigerian brethren. What has become obvious is that Palmgrove seceded from the Arnoldleut, but not from JakeKleinsasser. Name Withheld, 12/16/94: First time writer. Did you hear that Christoph was run outof Crystal Springs Colony by Jakob Kleinsasser and told not to come back? One of the'Oiler' Elders (Big) told Christoph that "The fire between the Oilers and the Gibbs is
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