Goodbyes are never easy…

Goodbyes are never easy…  I’ve said goodbye in many ways and for many reasons, but my recent goodbye was one of the most difficult ones to say.

Two weeks ago I said goodbye to the place I called home,

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to the people I called friends,

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And to the children I fell in love with

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I spent a week saying goodbye to all of the places and all of the people I so quickly came to love. With the language barrier, it was a bit difficult to actually say goodbye with words. So I said goodbye with hugs,

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With laughter

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With cuddling

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And with dancing

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Walking away for the last time was so very bittersweet. Bitter because I’m going to miss these little faces more than anything and sweet because I am so thankful to have met them. Each one of them has truly made my life better just from having met them. Their laughter, hugs, games, tickling, Lisa chants, smiles and more hugs, have changed my life. I came to Africa to hopefully, make a difference and possibly change someone’s live, but I’m the one who was changed by them.

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After all the goodbyes we stood on deck 8 and waved goodbye to Guinea

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Tears and sadness were unavoidable, but my heart is still full of happiness for the opportunity to have been a part of life in Guinea. So many stories, memories, miracles, laughter, tears, smiles, joy, heartbreak, prayers and undeniable works of the Lord perfectly explain my time there.

Now here we are in Las Palmas, Spain.

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We like to call it “paradise” and of all the places I’ve been, I definitely qualify Las Palmas as paradise, but I do miss Africa. We will be here for about 5 more weeks while repairs and renovations are being done in the hospital and other various places on the ship. Once we leave Spain, we will be sailing for two weeks to Pointe Noire, Congo for our 10 month field service there. I am so excited to be in Congo and I can’t wait for all the amazing things to come during the 5 months I’m there.

Thank you again to everyone who is supporting me through this adventure. I can’t wait to share all the amazing things to come in Congo!

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About lisamhart

My biggest passion and desire for my life is to simply 'help people'. There is truly nothing in this life I want more. So is what I've done to begin to accomplish this passion; I left my amazing job, I moved out of the house and into a storage unit, I said goodbye to my family and my Kevin, I packed up two bags and headed to Guinea, Africa to volunteer a year of my life to work on a free hospital ship. After a few months in Guinea, we then sailed to Congo which is where I will spend the last 5 months of time with Mercy Ships.
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