The familiar Arnol Kox

I remember vividly when I first saw him. Right in the middle of the walking path, an old guy sitting in a wheelchair and shouting out loud.

“Who is this nut case?!”

‘He is the preacher’

“What does he preach about?”

‘God…after life…..being a better person…’

“You’ve got to be kidding me! We live in a country, where every day another church is turned into a night club. We have science now, we don’t need God.”

One weekend I saw him talking to a group of youngsters. He was answering their questions patiently.

Another time under heavy rain, I saw someone holding an umbrella for him.

Some were paying attention, some were just walking by….he was always there, preaching. Determined and dedicated.

He didn’t have a website, he didn’t have youtube videos, there was no screen where we could watch him, he was not playing a recording. He was shouting out loud with his own voice, his messages were handwritten on card boards and he was there in person. You could touch him, query him, greet him and ask him how he was.

He was the black and white photo taken at your parents’ wedding day. He was the coffee grinder hanging on the kitchen wall. He was the radio in the living room decorated by lacework. He was the encyclopedias being used for homework assignments. He was the handwritten letters received from relatives long ago.

He was so familiar, at the same time so far away….

His loss reminds us to slow down and pay attention to what made us.


City preacher Arnol Kox died on July 15 2020. Kox’s funeral will be on Wednesday 22 July at 11.00 in the St. Trudokerk in Strijp. There is room for about 190 visitors. Rest in peace Arnol Kox.

For Eindhoven News: Irem

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