Sometimes the road to recovery is looonnng and sometimes it is shorter. During this past nine years we have walked with Lulu....
....through her (true to life) "I didn't know I was pregnant"...until Jano was born in the ambulance.
....through her divorce.
....through the marriage of her daughter last year.
....and we have seen her grow and become whole.
Lulu has been a source of inspiration to so many. She is a big woman with a big personality. She always laughs. She never keeps grudges. She has an amazing sense of humour. She makes everyone laugh. She is always prepared to listen to good advise. She is very mischievous and finds ways to entertain those around her. She will put on a blond wig and be "Mandy" who isn't part of the Mission and therefore doesn't need to abide by the rules. She has the biggest softest heart and every person that comes into the front office...no matter how dirty or smelly...will be treated with kindness and respect.
It is bittersweet to say goodbye...because we have come to love her. She is going to leave a huge gap that nobody else would be able to fill. At the Mission we become family...and when a family member moves it always leaves an ache. The sweet part is that after nine years she is moving on to an office position in Vredenburg in the Western Cape. She has overcome...and she has succeeded. I am so proud of her.
I am humbled and so very thankful.
#43 ~ for this ministry and the impact it has
#44 ~ for being allowed to touch (gently) the lives of the broken
#45 ~ that He allows us to see the fruit of our labour
#46 ~ Lulu...that grabbed the opportunity she was given with both hands...and succeeded.
#47 ~ the amazing love (like a tangible thing) among the people in the Mission
#48 ~ seeing His grace at work and multiplied in the lives of people