Endless Gifts (65)

Pop Rock parties in the supply closet

Mabel’s endless stories and entertainment and laughs

A board member who humbly comes to work in the dining room serving our meals

A call to prayer for a patient in need and all crew stopping what we were doing to pray

When the chef comes down to show you next week’s menu because its the only week in the six week rotation you look forward to

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Celebrating valuable members of this community well

An epic care package complete with lots of cross stitch supplies to fuel my renewed cat lady hobby

Jenny’s faithful service in the lab, working all sorts of crazy hours to make sure there is always enough blood in the blood bank

Realizing just how special it was that I was a small part of the Congo mass screening, the last one Mercy Ships will have done

How the screening team and hospital leadership have found a creative and out of the box way to do screening for Benin

Friends who share their heart in honest, beautiful ramblings

Strong women who stand in the gap

Leaders who make difficult decisions and who don’t take them lightly

Knowing that even when it’s unfair and doesn’t make any sense God really is in control

The right people are here in this place… in these ORs, wards, and executive offices

Watching as one supports another, and how beautiful it is when that support is silently holding someone while they grieve

A carpenter that builds a coffin with as much compassion as the crutches he builds and women who go the extra mile to make something tragic as honoring as possible

The 1,168 people the screening team saw and were able to give appointments to

And the 5,165 individuals the screening team saw and could not help because they remind me that there will always injustice, sadness and that life is not fair… but they also remind me that what the screening team does in looking each one of those 5,165 people in the eyes and communicating worth and value even if we can’t help them… there are people who love in ways I will never know

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In this jar are over 5,000 beans, each one representing a person we could not help

Mirjam’s honesty and boldness to share her heart with our community

A runaway breakfast with Amy and being refreshed

Peppermint tea with excellent people

That behind every good social coordinator there is a team of amazing people who quietly turn big ideas into realities (case in point, the first ever AFM Laugh Factory)

How deep belly laughs from shared experiences are glimpses of the joy that awaits us

Golden Grahams in a delightful jar with a favorite quote from an equally delightful and favored person

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