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!

13 Aug 2010 Container-3 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 next13 Aug 2010 Container-72 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.

Ladies-11 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.

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7 comments (Add your own)

1. Louise Lavoie wrote:
My deep condolences for a huge loss to GLA and to her family.

Fri, August 13, 2010 @ 10:04 PM

2. Janice Larson wrote:
My prayers are with GLA and Mitha's family.

Sat, August 14, 2010 @ 12:13 PM

3. Janis wrote:
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mitha, I know that she has been a great blessing to GLA and all of the children there. Will add her family to my prayer list.

Sat, August 14, 2010 @ 4:59 PM

4. Brittnei Berrisford wrote:
I loved Mitha very much, she had such an incredible spirit and made such an effort to get to know me and warm me with her smiles and hugs everyday. Please know that you are all in my prayers and please pass on my condolences to all those incredible woman in the nursery who are grieving so much. Much love <3

Sat, August 14, 2010 @ 10:08 PM

5. Hope Bechard wrote:
Praying for everyone at GLA and Mitha's family

Sun, August 15, 2010 @ 5:00 PM

6. NOËL-BURTEL Sophie wrote:
Mitha a été la meilleure nounou que j'aurais pu rêver pour ma fille Flore (Yveline) : Elle lui a donné tellement de sourires, de gentillesse, d'amour. Tous les jours depuis 5 ans que Flore est à la maison, je pense à Mitha, à cette femme extraordinaire et pleine d'amour et de générosité. La nouvelle de sa mort me rend terriblement triste, comme si j'avais perdu quelqu'un de notre famille... Mitha, de la part de ma fille Flore que tu as tellement aimée, je voulais te dire que nous aussi, nous t'aimions, et que tu resterais toujours dans nos pensées... Sophie, Marc, Flore et Adèle

Wed, August 18, 2010 @ 4:21 PM

7. Christal Holland wrote:
We have been away for three weeks and I've missed reading your blog and keeping up with what's going on at GLA. Vince was very sad to hear about Mitha's passing. I'm sure everyone who's volunteered or worked at GLA is sad for all of you. Do you still need money for her kids? We would love to help with that if we can. We were excited to hear about you receiving our stuff!! The blue buckets came from a good friend of ours at our church, who owns an oilfield recycling company. I've since asked him for more and have about fifty in our shop, waiting to come to you another time. If you think they'll be a big help, I'm sure I could ask him for more. Let me know! :)

Sat, August 28, 2010 @ 3:56 PM

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