Psalms 34:18 (New Living Translation): "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed."
For my family, 2022 did not start off quite as planned. We lost my Aunt Sherri on January 8th, 2022. My cousin (her son), Chad, and I were there with her when she passed and I am thankful to report it was very peaceful. In my facebook memories, just a few days after her passing, I was reminded of baptizing both aunts and my niece at Unity Christian Church in 2012. A gentle nudge from the Lord of His faithfulness. The primary cause of death was COPD exacerbated by Covid. This is two aunts in a little over two years-we lost my Aunt Tammy toward the end of 2019. I am not sure we have fully worked through our grief over her loss to now begin the process over again. We are a family whose spirits are crushed, especially as I consider my 80+ grandmother, now burying two daughters, or my mom losing both sisters. But we do know that we can both grieve and have hope at the same time, though sometimes that is an awkward tension to hold.
My aunt was a very generous woman, surprising my family one year with a quick trip home for Christmas when I was living in Zimbabwe. I am grateful that she and my mom had a chance to meet Simba, though sad neither aunt met Rumbi. As long as I can remember, it was her desire to go to Australia and in 2018, she made it possible for not only her to go but for me to travel with her. By then, she was on continuous oxygen but she was not going to let that stop her lifelong dream to visit there and hold a koala. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite memories below. Embrace your dreams and go for it is what she would say!
As you can imagine, I had my end of 2021 newsletter ready to go telling you about some exciting plans in January, including a trip back to Le Rucher in France, and in the end, it was all canceled. As the content of the newsletter changed, I had a hard time trying to find words to explain how tough this year (all 6 weeks of it) has been and what a disappointment some of those cancellations were. Not only did my aunt die, but then a dear and precious friend (for 20+ years) mom unexpectedly died a few weeks later. As a close group of us came together for the second time in just under a month, I also realized we are now entering into new phases in our lives where some of us are now becoming caregivers to aging family members. There have been other stressors as well but I will lament those elsewhere.
2021 did have some great highlights though that included:
5 year anniversary with Ministry Care occurred in September 2021!!!
In the meantime, here is an idea of what Ministry Care is planning for 2022. We appreciate your continued partnership and prayer support as there are many obstacles to navigate to see these things occur but we serve a mighty God, who can make it happen!
Tentative plans for 2022:
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.