Saturday, June 21, 2008

More Endings....

We are finding all these farewells bittersweet.

We take joy in reviewing and remembering:
  • spending good times together
  • overcoming hard times
  • building great friendships
  • having adventures at work and play
  • watching changes in families (how all the kids have grown!)

But on the other hand we are saying good bye and that makes us sad.

In the photo above, Arthur is giving a farewell speech with Bounchan translating. This was for the health project that started before we came and has been on-going ever since. Sometimes MCC and the project had a rocky relationship so it hasn't always been easy but that has made the reward of working together and accomplishing better health care for the district that much sweeter.

After the speeches, lunch was held in tents on the hospital grounds. There are many memorable faces in the crowd and many people whom we will miss a lot.

Four of us posing (below) at a center for disabled women where I was involved for all of the 6 years we were here. These women are a constant inspiration to me. Their friendship and example means a lot to me. When I hurt my foot and was on crutches and in pain for months, I often thought of them and how hard working and determined they are despite the obstacles in their way!

Here is the director of the center getting a baci string tied on her wrist as a blessing from me. She has blessed me a lot and I wish her health, happiness and sucess.

Erik and Conrad got their black belts in Tae Kwon Do on Friday!

Here is Erik getting his and also the Tae Kwon Do master doing a fancy move!

At one party, you can see how great the food looked when it arrived at the table, and how it looked about a half hour later. This meal was our last one on a boat floating down the Nam Ngum.

We were happy to get our shipment packed and on the way a few weeks ago because our house became emptier and we had those decisions behind us. Now we have been able to focus more on people. (This picture doesn't do the shipment justice -- it only shows part of it!)