Monday, May 11, 2009

Goodbye party...

One of the sad things in this life is that people come and go and you have to say "goodbye" to people you don't want to have to say "goodbye" to. This week is one of those times. Sergej and Ira are returning (with Vera) to the Ukraine. They have been working with our team for the past 2-3 years and they will be leaving a really big hole behind. Here I am with them: And David and Ljilja with Sergej:
We had a little going away party for them (braai/barbecue et al) and we had a really nice time hanging out, playing table tennis and eating good food.
Then Sinisa gave Sergej the present from our team, and gave a little speech about how much we are going to miss them...
And Sergej -the below photo for those who know him, is a TYPICAL pose- said a little thank-you, which turned into a mini-sermon... which is also typical for him!
It was somewhere in between the two speeches that many of us started tearing up, and I know I shed a few tears and so did others. Even though it is very likely that we will see them again on this side of heaven (they are already making plans to come visit us next summer!), it is not the same as them being in Banja Luka...

One thing I will always remember about Sergej (besides his great electrical skills) is one time when we were saying goodbye to someone else who had been here a couple of months, Sergej said "ok, remember, if we don't see each other here on this earth, we will meet at the East gate, not the West gate or the South gate, the East gate". It sounds so much better than saying "see you again in heaven"!!!!!

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