From: John JSPS [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2007 9:59 AM
Subject: Ramblings - September 15, 2007
One more time with feeling… eh? Greetings from me – again – at the start of another stint.
- B.. beginning at a new school since she would not do work at her previous school for 2 years. Is intelligent but has missed a lot of school. Her parents are dead but she also has experienced a lot of violence in her life, from them and from aunts and uncles …most of all to help her make the most of a new start…
- Q is someone who has been sexually assaulted and does not have safety at home only with an aunt. I do not know what this does to someone. She often tends to “Stop talk” [refusing to talk] with her own age group and tries to get others to do the same. She is behind hand in her school work…
- M and S are sisters. Y still often wets her bed. Y is also at Home School since she did not cope at a regular school… They do not know where their parents are and we are told not to let them know as neither is in a position to care for them – druggies and no decent house to live in. I have told them the truth about their parents except where they are living. They tend to go into silence when asked questions about their behaviour…
- E has suffered brain injuries from beatings when she was little so is a very slow learner and so had to leave regular school and is at Home School. Her mother is still alive having children but never comes to see her. There is a nice lady “Aunty” who is good to her and sometimes takes her for a few days at her home with a companion. Sometimes she does not even want to go with her!! I am not sure what that is about…
- V is a child of a past St. Ann’s girl who is onto her second or third union producing children. [This is probably because I never saw her, eh?] Her mother’s present companion does not want V at home with them - and she knows this. She has obviously missed out on a lot of school and so cannot read at twelve. We are trying to give her extra lessons after school as she will go to high school next year.
Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2007 7:11 AM
Subject: Guest Ramblings - November 8, 2007 - Jane Greiling
I wanted to start this while John's sermon from last Sunday was still fresh in my mind. And by the way, church here is great if you like singing but don't care if it is in tune... I sang more loudly than I ever had before... and I don't think two of us in the church sang the same tune... What a great view of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The gist of his sermon is that we are saved.... a GOOD thing... but not to get over vexed about changing the world... This is what I need to hear when I am in Guyana because the thought that I can't change it is so disillusioning.
Now where does this topic lead me? and you? Let me ramble and maybe there will be an answer.
First of all: I heard there was there a pool placing bets on whether John would return to Guyana this year: Well, he is a natural here. He is immersed in their history and their people... and makes it easier for us Northerners to understand the folks here. This is my second trip to Mercy and Guyana. The first was for 3 months and I was SURE I would never return.. Now here I am... because the people have kept in contact with me and I have grown to love them.
Sister Sheila is Mercy.... not Mercy Hospital ..... she works hard for the hospital but she wants it to 'stand on its own'. Sister Sheila is the noun MERCY and the verb MERCY. And John is Fortitude. And friend Monica ( here to teach critical care) is Compassion. And new friend Sally (Monica's educator companion) is Resilience. And I am Grateful.
Gotta go.... see if I can change the world. Any way I am glad to be saved.