Helen initially came to work as a casual housekeeper in the Lae Regional Centre managers house, then in 1982 began employment as a housekeeper for the Lae Regional Centre, serving the Wycliffe community using the centre as a temporary base.
On Thursday 22nd September, our Lae team of six permanent staff and ourselves travelled to Ukarumpa for the combined retirement gathering to honour seven retiring PNG national staff, and to celebrate their contribution to the work of Bible translation. There were many heartfelt farewells and stories of how those retiring had been an encouragement to others, training younger staff, or simply providing a smile during a tough day.
With 34 years working in Lae, Helen was the most senior staff member retiring this year.
On 30th September, the last day before the set time for retirement Helen was there to join in our morning prayer and team debrief. She was there to be a support to a trainee housekeeper having a difficult morning. She was there to share a final staff farewell meal before we commenced a six-month furlough period.
Sometimes that is what faithfulness comes down to … being there.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25 v 23