August has ended, and with it we had to say good-bye to four of our workers. Katya, a nurses' aide, had worked with the Home for five years; Maria, a cleaner, for one year; and Vicky and Rashel who worked as temporary workers during summer months.
But no matter how long (or short) they had worked in the Home, they became part of our family at Ebenezer. Yes, Ebenezer Home is not only the home for the elderly, it is also a family setting for our workers. That is why many eyes were filled with tears at a parting lunch on the last day of August.
Katya spoke to both residents and co-workers, saying it was her privilege to work at Ebenezer Home. She thanked many people personally for their patience and willingness to listen and spend time with her beyond their job responsibilities. Larissa, one of our nurses, presented Katya with a framed picture with portraits of the residents and staff and a verse of the Scripture for a keepsake. Our residents turned out as one when they heard we wanted to take their picture for Katya!
Katya and Maria also received beautiful begonia plants to grow in their homes.
Katya is moving to the center of Israel to study as a nurse.
Maria has been a blessing to the Home for the past year. She has got another job elsewhere. She is a hard worker and a woman of few words, but of that beautiful humble character that is so praised in the Scripture. We are sure she will be a blessing anywhere she goes.
Vicky worked with us this summer for over a month as a temporary nurses' aide. She came at a time when we were short of workers and filled her work with much patience and love towards our residents. We hope to see her again next summer, God willing!
Rashel worked afternoons in the kitchen for over two months. At the beginning of the new school year she has gone back to school.
We pray for many blessings for these precious daughters of God.
With the beginning of September we've welcomed two new volunteers and are expecting another one this week. As in any family, life goes on! We are grateful for God's provision for workers and volunteers for the Home! We can truly say: Praise the Lord, for He is good, and His mercies endure for ever!