Every “Hello” means a “Goodbye”!
With being without internet connection for about two months I have a lot of blog material stored up in my head…only I haven’t enough time to get it down on “paper” and to upload the photos that go with it. So, for tonight I’ll emote on the departure of our good friend, Major Emmi.
Major Emmi has been serving in FDN since 1976! She’s a nurse from Switzerland and felt the call to serve some of the world’s poorest here in Haiti. Under her leadership Bethel Clinic grew from a small first aid station to the 28 bed facility it is today. In addition to the work in the clinic, she decided early on to use her “free time” on Saturdays to focus on the needs of the children and of clean water. This use of her time resulted in planting numerous SA schools and corps and digging many wells, fitted with sturdy hand pumps. She retired in ’03 but continued to live here in the area. She has now decided that the time is right to return to Switzerland.
(l to r: Felix, Elizabeth, Emmi, Heidi, Trudy and Matthew)
Saturday we all went to the beach to celebrate Felix’s birthday and to get away from the clinic for some sun, sand and surf. On Sunday we went to her home in Guirand for a last Sunday together. Then we were able to go with her to PAP on Monday and spend a little time with her. She and the three lady friends that were here with her from Switzerland flew out yesterday. Emmi had been a surrogate grandmother for Matthew and a great support system for both Felix and me. She will be greatly missed.
Felix spent a great amount of time interviewing her over the weekend and he plans to put together an article highlighting her experiences. She is quite an inspiration. Maybe God will use her story to call her “replacement” to the field.
Its hard to believe that today is American Thanksgiving. We didn’t do anything special and didn’t even get a cha1.nce to eat our “lunch” until 6pm! I bought a live turkey last week, thinking that it would be good for today. But I’ve decided to save it for next week when my brother, Bob, is visiting from Chicago. He is the first person who has actually come to visit us! I am so excited!
Ten things (people) I’m thankful for:
1. God blessed me with Felix and Matthew. I am no longer alone.
2. A good house (apartment) to live in, with water, electricity, flush toilet, shower, stove, refrigerator….
3. That I live in FDN (and not PAP) where it is green and not as congested.
4. That my parents are still alive and doing ok and that I get to visit them about once a year.
5. That my brother is coming down soon! Yay!!!
6. That I have internet connection again at the clinic to be able to connect with my family and friends.
7. That God has given me friends and mentors along life’s way. Thank you God for seven years with Emmi….bless her in her new setting in Switzerland.
8. That a woman in Switzerland (Trudy) gave up three months to come to Haiti to see what it is like on the mission field. That she was able to support Emmi in her last months as she brought closure to over 35 years of ministry. That Trudy, with a true servant heart, came to live with us for a month to paint the inside of our house, take over the morning kitchen duties and make sure that Matthew got to school on time every day that she was with us! (Love that Swiss timing!)
9. That God has given us two special women who help bear our burdens in our home…Mayotte in the kitchen and Juzelle taking care of the house work. I would not be able to do my work in the clinic without them.
10. All my xanga friends who pray for me, write to me, and share their lives with me through their blogs. I miss those who have stopped writing. It sure would be nice to hear from you from time to time (Catherine, Sarah, Kelly, Jolinda, among others).
May God bless us all!