Last November, I appealed for funds to take my friend Salvador Dos Santos back to his family in East Timor. Salvador had been living in my house for 10 months, learning English and looking for work. He had begun to be ill in May, but only in October was it identified as terminal cancer. He was 24 years old. Salvador’s wish, when his condition was known, was to return home.
Members of the circuit churches (and two URC churches where I preach) responded warmly and generously, providing over £4000, which enabled us to meet all the costs of air travel, insurance, hotel (in transit) and everything involved in Salvador’s care.
After radiotherapy at the Churchill Hospital, he was fit to travel (indeed, he appeared to be quite well) but the doctor told us to expect no more than three months. We flew to Bali, where we stayed for three days, making contact with relations who were also passing through. We then flew on to Dili, the capital of East Timor, where we stayed with Salvador’s sister for another three days.