To say that he is still firing on all cylinders may be a slight exaggeration, but at age 75 thoughts of retirement are still far removed from Brother Huub Welters’ mind. “I’ll continue for another three years here in Cameroon”, he says confidently.
In the span of more than 50 years of loving service he has put his considerable talents at the service of the local Church in Anglophone Cameroon. Architect, builder, fund raiser, accountant, administrator, legal advisor, pastoral worker, teacher – the list of his varied involvements is extensive.
On a visit to the Mill Hill missionaries in Anglophone Cameroon some time ago I accepted his invitation to come and see some of his building projects in Ilung and Njinikom. Together with his Cameroonian assistant and right hand man, Henry Kang, we visited several schools, a hospital, multipurpose halls in outstations. I came away hugely impressed both with the thought that had gone into the design as with the solidity and care of execution. Huub talked a mile a minute when he took me around the various sites. His has good reason to be proud. The number of buildings which carry his signature is impressive. To mention but the most prestigious: The design for St Joseph’s Cathedral, Bamenda, came from his drawing table.
Recently he added the much needed Maternity/Health Centre at Ilung, a parish confided to the Mill Hill Missionaries in the archdiocese of Bamenda, to his long list of building achievements and sent a detailed photographic impression of the completed building.
Help also came from local authorities and from the central government. The mayor of Fundong provided the funds needed to connect the Centre to the road network. And, Bro Huub writes with evident satisfaction: “The government has constructed a new road from Ilung to Achain to enable the people of Achain to make use of the Maternity/Health Centre in Ilung”.
Fons Eppink mhm