A very sad day at GLA!
It started off as a very strange day today. I had the Canadian Broadcast Company here talking to me and then another visitor from the Norwegian Church Aid Alliance brought a child from Cite Soleil that the mother wanted to give for adoption. We were frantically trying to get ready and go to Fort Jacques because a container was on its way up the mountain and we need to be there to unload it!
I arrived in Fort Jacques just as they were finishing up unloading the first truck. There were wonderful barrels on this container from Canada. We can store lots of things in them to keep them dry and even use them for water storage! Everything is well marked so we know exactly what is in each container. We will start sorting it on Monday.
The second truck arrived and again there were wonderful items on the truck. There was food, clothing, baby supplies, diapers, formula, shoes, shoes, and more shoes! We have two organizations coming next week to fill up their trucks with clothing, shoes, and other supplies. The other Canadian container did not arrive at the warehouse in time to be unloaded, so will unload it about 11 AM on Monday morning.
As we were finishing up unloading the second truck, Magaly arrived and she was very sad. She had received a call that one of our nannies, Mitha, had died. Mitha had been sick for about a month, but we did not think it was serious. She could not eat and would throw up. After I gave her some antacid pills, she was a little better. But I encouraged her to go to the doctor and see what was wrong. Everyone encouraged her to go. I would much rather pay for her to go to the hospital than be paying for a funeral now! But Mitha didn’t like doctors or maybe she just was always afraid to spend the money.
Mitha was our nanny that was always calm. She never yelled or had problems with the other staff. The kids loved her and many times their first word was “Mitha”! If we had a child that needed extra attention or just a little extra loving, that child became Mitha’s child. All of Mitha’s children thrived. When she was on vacation, she would call to see how her “babies” were doing. She was the best nanny!
Please be in prayer for Mitha’s husband and two children. For those of you who knew Mitha, if you would like to help with her funeral expenses, please donate through Paypal. I know her family would appreciate it very much.
We will miss Mitha very much. More than I can express. The whole house is sad tonight.
Posted on Fri, August 13, 2010
by Dixie Bickel