Farewell to Lossu

Sep 02

Our Friends in Lossu as gather to say good-bye

Our Friends in Lossu as gather to say good-bye

It was Friday, August 29, 2014, that we received word that Gertrude’s mother was not doing well. The doctor said that she might last only a few weeks. We dropped everything and began to make plans to return to the U.S. as quickly as we could. I spent most of Saturday trying to rebook our tickets at the best price that I could. I was thankful that I was able to do so without too great a cost.

We then began to pack and close up our village house. As our friends in the village learned of Gertrude’s mother many came by to comfort and encourage Gertrude. Pictured above are our friends who were there to say good-bye as we were leaving. They were such a blessing to us. We really felt that they shared our grief with us. If they were able to they would have come with us to provide comfort.

After we finished all of our packing and was driving to Kaveing, we made a number of stops along the way. The first stop was to see Wesley, one of the Notsi translators. He was unaware of our sudden change in plans to return to the U.S. As he and his wife learned this they insisted that we stay and have lunch with them. She with some help from Gertrude she spent the next hour or so preparing a meal for us. It was a good time of fellowship as we shared the meal with them. I was able to collect the work that Wesley had completed. Here he is making some last minute edits before he gave them to me. They hated to see us go.

Wesley making some last minute edits to the work.

Wesley making some last minute edits to the work.

We arrived in Kaveing about 6:00 PM. Little did we realize a meal was prepared for us. We were most thankful for all the help and the encouragement we received along the way.

8 comments

  1. Rita Smith /

    Our condolences to you and Kevin, Gertrude. Eddie and I send our love.

    • Hi Rita,

      Thanks for your words of comfort. I will pass then on to Gertrude. We had the family viewing this morning. We have the wake this evening at Gertrude’s mother’a church this evening. Tomorrow will be the funeral. Continue to pray for us and the family at this time.

      Shalom (Peace)
      Kevin

  2. Carolyn Lowe /

    Dear Gertrude and Kevin,
    May you and you family feel the comfort and peace that only God can provide. Because of Him, we will be restored and we will enjoy eternity with all those who know Him. Praise God!

    James and Carolyn Lowe

    • Thank you so much for your words of comfort and for your prayers.

      Kevin & Gertrude

  3. Dawne Coleman /

    Dear Gertrude & Kevin:

    Greetings & Condolences!

    Sorry to hear of the Home Going of your mom, Gertrude and pray that God’s Peace and Comfort will be with you all during this difficult change in your lives. The Lord is your Shepherd, and you all will lack nothing for He promises to be our Comfort and our Strength.

    Blessings!
    Dawne

    • Thanks for your kind words. It is good to hear from you.

  4. Jeanette Coleman /

    Hi Kevin and Gertrude,
    Sorry to hear of your sadness in the loss of Gertrude’s mother. Happy to hear that she loved Jesus, so she is now in His loving arms. May God continue to bless and keep you in your dedication to work in His Kingdom.
    Love,
    Jeanette

    • Hi Jeanette,

      We are happy to hear from you here from you. thanks for your kind words. We are planning on being in Florida the end of February. We hope to be able to connect with you at that time.

      Shalom,
      Kevin & Gertrude