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On site: MCC reps bid farewell, return home to request long-term aid
Dan and Jeanne Jantzi
October 8, 2009
Editor’s Note: Dan and Jeanne Jantzi, MCC representatives in Indonesia, spent Oct. 6-8 in Guci and Padang, assessing how MCC can meet the short-term and long-term needs of earthquake victims there. The Jantzis are from Lowville, N.Y . Here are some of their reflections, in their own words, at the end of their visit:
It’s been a tough few days. Seeing collapsed house after collapsed house eats away at you. I feel a heaviness. As we talk with people who have experienced such loss, part of the weight of their cares transfers to us. That’s a good thing. Listening to the stories is a way we can share each other’s burdens. The opportunity to spend time with people in some of their darkest times means a lot to us.
We are thankful that we have been in Indonesia long enough to speak the language well, to be able to truly listen to people’s stories and to work together with others in planning a response. We feel very privileged to be part of the bridge between MCC’s constituents around the world and the people of West Sumatra who have experienced this disaster.
The earthquake may be in the news for only a short time, but the work of recovery will continue for many months, long after the media has forgotten. It means a lot to know some of the names and some of the stories of people who will experience caring in the name of Christ.
We will not forget them.