We are now going to Benin instead of Guinea … mainly due to the Ebola outbreak. Firstly it’s not so great if we end up spreading the disease, secondly we may not have a big enough work force to go. So after a lot of careful consideration from the people at the top and chats with all the organisations involved in Guinea, MercyShips decided to change course. So off to Benin we go. First stop Canary Islands for some maintenance on the ship. We leave on the 1st of June. Byeo!
So todays job is to make photo albums for our colleagues and friends that we are leaving behind in Congo. It doesn’t seem that long ago since we we’re waving good bye to our parents in Heathrow Airport. Now the time approaches when we say goodbye again, this time to friends we have made here in the Republic of Congo. We leave in less than three weeks. As I sit and make their albums I am overwhelmed with a sense of loss. I may never see these people again but they have welcomed me in to their homes and in to their lives.
But I am learning more and more that this is the nature of Mercy Ships and of Life.
Love and Loss is inevitable regardless of who you are or your circumstance. People come in to your life and they leave. It is the way of things.