Chefoo School once again came alive with the sound of excited voices arriving from around the world in October 2014. A week of OMF sponsored events in Malaysia saw more than 50 former students return for a time of joyful reunion as well as processing the separation and loss experienced in their childhoods. Some had not seen or spoken to each other for over 40 years after leaving the school, and yet felt a sense of ‘coming home’.
Let a few speak for themselves:
“I cannot put into words what this week has meant for me and for the opening door and healing that has started.”
“Now we can process what we never got to process as kids.”
“… amazing and special and powerful. It has certainly helped me connect with the past so I can enjoy the present and move freely into the future.”
“It was a great joy to be part of Chefoo Reconsidered. My heart is still heavy for the missing friends that should be part of the picture.”
“This opportunity to reconnect has also enabled some to begin the journey towards making sense of a faith that for so long seemed only to be the cause of painful goodbyes.”
Many former students were not able to attend in 2014; others wish to continue the journey started. So for all ex Chefoo students ‘Chefoo Reconsidered 2016’ is being held Feb 29 to March 6. Our hope is that as many Chefoo students as possible (from any era and location) will be able to join us, to reconnect and celebrate with the Chefoo family, share recollections, and reflect on how past hurts and other experiences have shaped us.
An OMF project, the Chefoo Reconsidered Travel Fund P74209, has been created to help participants with travel costs. Donations can be made through any OMF centre.
For more information visit http://chefooreconsidered.azurewebsites.net
Or contact the planning committee:
Anne Collard – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Yand – email@example.com