Friday, 13 February 2009

Show and Tell Friday

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For my 40th birthday I received this delightful ornament called 'Henry and friends' - I received it from a very special lady called Wendy.

Major Wendy Leavey is a ordained Salvation Army Officer (minister) who has lived and ministered in Ghana for probably just over 30 years. Before becoming a Salvation Army Officer Wendy trained as a Midwife and she has combined her role as Midwife and as a Minister as she has served and loved the people of Ghana. I don't know how many babies Wendy has delivered over the years, many a time in areas where there is no running water or electricity and in the extreme heat.

I remember staying with her one weekend and being present at the birth of a child which was just magical then two hours later Wendy got called out to the clinic again as another mother arrived and the birth was a complicated one with the result that the baby died and the Mother was extremely weak but with the care and love from Wendy and her nurses the mother pulled through. However, what I remember vividly is Wendy coming back from the clinic and telling me what had happened and I thought to myself, at the time, you have been through this so many times and you would normally come back to an empty home in the middle of nowhere - on that occasion I was glad I was there to make a cup of tea on a gas ring (no electricity) and this was before the times of mobiles and telephones so Wendy wouldn't have any means of talking to a friend about her day.

Wendy has also over the many years sponsored so many children through schooling and University - Wendy is truly one exceptional Woman of God.

14 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

The gift from Wendy is just super. And thanks for sharing some of the background of your friendship with her too.

My SnT is the 2nd of 3 installments of troll doll collection. Hope you can stop by. Have a glorious, wonderful Valentine's Day!!!

Cheri said...

What a nice gift!
What a wonderful woman she is- she sure has been a blessing to a lot of people!

Cherdecor said...

What a remarkable lady! I love the gift she sent to you.

Smilingsal said...

Wendy sounds like a remarkable woman. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Wertz said...

What a nice gift and thank you for sharing your story of Wendy with us. She truly sounds like a remarkable woman.

Buskitten said...

Wow! Yes, what an amazing person Wendy is..... very inspiring to read of such selfless actions, thanks Judith x

JudyBug said...

What a sweet gift to you!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Dear Judith,
Thank you for introducing us to Wendy today, I am glad that you were there at the time you were. Gods timing is always perfect.I know that has to be so rewarding to help bring new life into the world,but at the same time heartbreaking to see life go. God has special people to do special things. Happy Valentines Day to yo my friend.Blessings,
Sue

A Hint of Home said...

Such a sweet gift from an exceptional woman.

Charli and me said...

What a sweet gift your friend has given to you. Wendy sounds like such a lovely person.

Cass said...

The gift from Wendy is charming, but of course the most amazing gift is Wendy herself. Now that is a life well-lived. A remarkable woman. Thank you for sharing her story.

Cass

Susie Homemaker said...

What an exceptional woman Wendy is...thank you for sharing her story and your gift with us...

Blessings,
Susie

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I liked seeing the gift and hearing about Wendy.

Hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

Kelli said...

What a beautiful gift from a special friend.
~Kelli