Dear Friends,

I am in the starting blocks for departure to Africa to care for the impoverished people in the deep bush of Zambia. It is always difficult to leave my home and family, but I know that this work is mine to do.

I regret that turmoil and controversy are threatening my family and our community during my absence. I know you are strong enough and I know Dan is strong enough to meet this challenge to our core value of goodness and positive forward motion.

Strength is developed by caring heavy weights. This is just one more to shoulder and use to enhance our collective muscle mass.

If, (God willing) we have electricity, I will continue to blog from Zambia when ever possible to update you on our clinic work and the groundbreaking of the Morgan Harrington educational wing at OMNI Village, Ndola.

Thank all or you for holding us up. The journey continues to difficult, but our path is secure with so many pointing the way.

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8 Responses to “Gil Harrington's thoughts as she leaves for Zambia on April 5th, 2010”

  1. Cory says:

    Gil,continue to be strong, the selfless act of helping others will be healing for you.Please try to blog when your able to it leaves so many of us with a connection to a beautiful young lady we didnt know but feel like we do now, and to her amazing mother who reminds us that love can and will vanquish hate.Safe travels and know that many of us are praying for you and the family while your on this leg of this journey.

  2. Diane Kelly says:

    Gil, the work you are going to do is so important. Stay safe and remember to take care of yourself. I will be lifting you in prayer every waking hour.

  3. Cherie says:

    Dearest Gil,
    We are with you in spirit as you embark on your journey to Africa.
    I know it is not easy to leave, but I pray that this can be a time of renewal and comfort for you. Morgan is with you always.

    Your words are so meaningful…the beauty and grace you have shown in sharing your deepest pain and your greatest hopes have changed my life….
    For that, I thank you.
    My love and prayers go with you.

  4. Angie Z says:

    Best wishes on your journey. Please do not give a second’s worth of thought to the Westboro Baptist shenanigans; they are neither Baptists nor Christians. They have “protested” here in Charleston and were outnumbered by police, as their numbers are so small. They didn’t even much rate the nightly news. They don’t bring evil –
    they don’t bring much of anything at all. Evil is huge – these folks are small potatoes in the vast scheme of things in the universe. It is unfortunate they rated a mention on your blog – this is what they love – attention for their dramatic performance. Such narcissism is not found in any scripture that I’ve ever read.

  5. Laura says:

    Gil, Enjoy your mission work. There is nothing as rewarding then lending a hand to someone in need. I am sure your friends and colleagues will take good care of your family while you are away. Blessings to you and your fellow missionaries.

  6. Julie says:

    Dear Gil, I pray that the love and care you give so unselfishly to others will be returned to you in time. May the energy you spend healing others help to heal you as well.
    I don’t know you personally, but I want to thank-you for opening a window into your experience. Your words are inspirational to many.

  7. Alice Hutchens Carpenter says:

    Godspeed, Gil. I hope this trip brings you blessings as I am sure your loving, nurturing hands will bring blessings to others and represent what Morgan wanted to do for her world. Morgan’s brothers and sisters at VT are strong, and capable, and well able to manage whatever turmoil comes their way. You have already given them their first steps. Light a candle and dispel the darkness.

  8. Brittany says:

    Enjoy your trip, Gil. We Hokies will stand up for Morgan. We won’t let the senseless, hateful rantings of Fred Phelps and his band of idiots to overshadow Morgan’s memory, or her injustice.

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