|Photo courtesy of Mercy Ships Australia|
And we know they will at least have gloves - that hospital received two landrovers (out of five) full of them on Tuesday!
|Photo courtesy of Hannah Wysong|
As I drove back to the ship we drove past the screening site. I remembered that early morning ten months ago when I arrived there and got a glimpse of our very first patients. That was just the beginning... and here we are at the end. But I was thinking on that as I drove by, and really? it's the end of our patient's time with us... but it's just the beginning of an entirely new life for them. So honored I got to be there.
|Photo courtesy of Comms team|
Now the hospital is empty, everything getting packed and cleaned and shredded. The tents have come down, the dock is buzzing with container packing and cranes and equipment and the incredible pack-up team who has come to bless us with energy and enthusiasm - such a gift to a weary crew.
|Photo courtesy of my iphone 3|
I had to say goodbye to dear friends today, without whom I don't think I would have made it through this year. I trust God with them, and trust that I will see them again... but I still can't stop the tears.
|Dr. Michelle and I with the K's - miss them already.|
But really, I'm grateful that I can feel, because it means I am alive. And I'm grateful it hurts to leave this place... because the only thing worse than this feeling would be to leave and realize that I didn't care at all; that I hadn't made any friends or felt any connection to this incredible country or her people. And that is most certainly not the case.
I'm once again leaving a piece of my heart here in Congo... Just like I left a piece of my heart in Guinea, in Sierra Leone, in Benin, in Romania... but what they have filled me with leaves my heart not only unbroken, but filled to the brim... blessed beyond measure, grateful to all whom I have had the privilege of loving, working, and teaching, and pray God's abundance of blessing and favor over the people of Congo.