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Experience Another World Without Leaving Yours

By Mike Toth

Matthew 25:37-40: Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.

When Ted Bartlett was in his late teens he had an experience that set the course for his life. While he had gone to church with his family since he was quite young a friend invited him to a Catholic mass. He found in that one service that he got so much out of it and he felt so much closer to God that he decided to become Catholic and has been a part of the faith ever since.

Ted moved to London from Montreal with his work with Bell in equipment engineering and his family. He has attended St. John the Divine since 1981 and has been involved in most lay aspects of the church, including pioneering into areas of need as the (past) president of the St. Vincent de Paul Committee and is presently Chair of the Social Justice Committee. Through a member of the church the plight of the children of the Choco region of Columbia was brought to him.

The Choco region is in a jungle region of Columbia which has seen terrible poverty, much of it due to the battle between the Columbian Government and FARC rebels. There is little, if any, social aid in the area as the government has been unable to establish and keep a strong presence there.

“We went down to visit and saw that the children needed school supplies for the Catholic run schools,” says Ted. “We quickly realized that it would cost us double to ship the needed supplies (from Canada) so we set up a system to purchase all that was needed locally.” The system involves Ted and a team travelling to the region to see what is needed, and then putting all the supplies on his credit card. When the local churches confirm that they received the supplies St. John the Divine reimburses him for the expenditure, mainly through the “Latin Night” fundraiser at the church. This years “Latin Night” is on May 13. The Social Justice committee’s main aim was to keep the Children interested in school so they do not leave and join the FARC army.

Through this system, the church has been able to provide school supplies, musical instruments, modems for internet learning, and even once purchase eight months of food for a local school so the children would not go hungry. The fruits of their love and labor is obvious: Recently four of the children were awarded scholarships to university when none of them would be able to afford to go.

His other duties in the church include Eucharist minister, usher, reader (of the Word), and on the finance committee. He also cooks the monthly roast beef dinner, serves at funerals, and is a part of the London Telecom Pioneers making heart pillows for University Hospital, and drives immigrants to immigration hearings. What hasn’t been mentioned so far is that Ted just turned 81. You would think that a man who has been involved in his church and community all his life, raised ten children, has been involved with his 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren had earned the right to slow down. “After my wife died I prayed to God, ‘What do You want from me,’” Ted said, his voice quiet. “What popped into my head was, ‘Help people, help those in need.’”

“I don’t plan to retire and sit back and relax. I would deteriorate if I wasn’t busy. I love the people I meet.” St. John the Divine meets on Saturday evenings at 5:15 pm and Sunday mornings at 9 and 11 am, and you may be able to meet Ted there. If you would like to support the outreach in Choco on May 13 you can call the church at 519-471-7022 for more detail. May we all be as dedicated to serving the body of Christ and those in need when we reach his level of experience.