Staying Connected... Thousands of Miles Apart

Returning to The James Place felt a lot like coming home. Although HEAL has made so many amazing changes and expansions, as I walked up the red dirt driveway for the first time in two years, it felt as if nothing had changed at all. 

My friends greeted me with massive smiles and warm hugs and we picked up right where we left off, barely skipping a beat. 

As I looked at my sweet friend Aisha I thought to myself, “Wow.. she’s wearing a beautiful head scarf today!” and went on with my day working in childcare. After lunch, Aisha and I sat down for break. As I took a closer look at her, I noticed her head scarf was a familiar pattern of pink, blue and white. 

“Aisha, your headband looks so familiar. It reminds me of a skirt I had last time I was here and I donated it to HEAL at the end of my trip.”

She told me “a skirt was given to a woman who works in sewing but the length was too long for her. She cut it to make it fit her and gave me the extra fabric to make this.”

I looked at her in disbelief and said “Aisha... that was definitely my skirt!” I dug through my camera roll and found a photo of myself wearing it in 2017. She laughed as she scooped me up in her arms and hugged me tightly. “God knew we needed to stay connected,” she said. 

Out of all 70 HEAL employees, for the scraps of my skirt to end up in Aisha’s hands, who I had a close friendship with last time I was here, was concrete proof at how God is always working in our lives.

Without us even knowing it, He’s keeping friendships alive and allowing us to grow closer, even from thousands of miles a part.

- Sophie Fish, Volunteer Intern