This story starts a few weeks ago here.....
Calvin was called in last minute to have his hernia operation. After being called in by the nurses to rescue
him them from his morphine induced state of delirium, I
brought him home to recover. Fortunately Grandma and Grandad were home from their Temple service and were able to take up the 24 hour care for the first day. Then poor Ross who was home for a few days had to take over performing duties that he stated no 16 year old should have to do for their father!
Once I reached the Easter holidays Calvin was beginning to feel a little better and was more mobile. We headed up to Birmingham for the NASUWT National conference. We had a really lovely time and ate great food and watched lots of aeroplanes!!
Anyway, getting back to the point of my story. Due to the recovery time for his operation Calvin was unable to help with all the usual Easter Holiday garden projects etc. To our rescue came Elder Zollinger and Elder Bellen. These two young men from Washington State and Manila, Philippines were willing to come and help us in any way they could. We had them over for two days and were able to get many jobs done that without them would have taken me weeks!
I took them to school to move chairs and clear the garden, they helped clear our hedges, and cleared garden rubbish for our neighbour. They washed the car, dug out a tree stump, cut wood for a vegetable bed, they even did the dishes after tea!
They smiled all day, both days and really lifted our spirits. They made it possible for us to achieve that which we couldn't have done alone. We miss Gareth like crazy but we know that he is out there helping people and teaching people. We know that he, we and the people he works with are being blessed by his service.
Missionary service brings people to a knowledge of their Saviour and allows them to lean on Him, He makes it possible for us to do things that without Him we would not be able to do.