“They gave us their home-brewed beer and we gave them our hand-made paper mats.” Gen Sato, community leader of L’Arche Kana-no-ie in Japan is speaking about last summer’s visit of Dorota Wozniak and Paul Mothersdale from L’Arche Kent, UK. “It’s always very special to welcome L’Arche visitors from other countries. One big event this year will be hosting a formation session for members of L’Arche in Asia.”
Dorota remembers: “Their welcome was fantastic. So much was totally new for us, especially their soap-making workshop. But even if you travel right across the world to L’Arche in Japan, one thing that doesn’t change is the washing up!”
Paul and Dorota are already saving for a return trip some time – but for a whole month, not just a week. “We really want to learn how they make soap. One day in the workshop just wasn’t long enough…”
When they do go back, Paul and Dorota will discover that the community has a new house! If all goes according to plan, the doors will open in March 2018. Gen explains: “We plan to welcome 6 more men and women with an intellectual disability, and also keep a room for a person needing a respite support.”
At L’Arche, mutual relationships are at the heart of our journey together.