Saying Goodbye to Volunteers


With DeJesus family in Curahuasi watching the first game of the World Series.

We were so glad during the month of October to have the DeJesus family with us working in the hospital. Sam is a surgeon and spent a lot of time in the operating room. It was a great relief to us, because we are currently without a long term surgeon. He hit the ground running and never looked back. He was born in Puerto Rico, so he has a very nice, fluid, Spanish. I think he may have felt more at home here after a month than we do after 3 1/2 years. His wife Amanda and kids Jack and Grace also went a 100 mph while they were here. The kids attended Colegio Diospi Suyana (Jack was in Peter’s class and Grace was in Annie’s), and Amanda helped out all over the place. It was weird when they left. I felt a little more lonely than I had before. There are no other Americans working in the hospital currently, and so I think their absence the day after they left was a little more painful than normal. I read an article about how kids who grow up in the mission field have said goodbye to people more often by the time they are adults than many people do in a lifetime. The article was stating that as parents we need to be aware of this and to be sure that we were available to our kids as needed to help them process this. That is good advice, but I think this time it was harder for me and the kids took it more in stride.

4 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to Volunteers

  1. Praying for you and your heart during this time of readjustment. Glad the kids are taking it in stride. Praying 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 for you–‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’ Much love to you!


  2. a thot this a.m.: As a “miss kid” or 3rd culture kid (TCK): For me yes it was hard to say goodbye, but the relationships did not end…only became distant ones. I think it helped us kids to build resilience–lots of practice with goodbyes and maintaining former relationships and building new ones.

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  3. Awh… We miss you guys! Grace especially misses Annie!
    Jack cried the day we left in the car ride to Cusco, he said “can’t we just stay a year or two.”
    Thank you for caring for us so well and making us feel so welcome at your home. Sam kept raving about your cooking and how easy it was for you to make such delicious meals with such limited resources. You guys are doing amazing work and we are praying for you everyday!
    Love, The DeJesus Family


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