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.
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.