ECU Field Journal: Africa

Marie's Blog from Lambaréné, Gabon<-- back

November 9, 2008

What better weekend to return home than during Homecoming and to a Pirate victory? Go Pirates! It feels so good to be back in Greenville, seeing family and friends after being away for so long. I am both happy and sad that my journey in Lambaréné has come to an end. In my first post I stated, “With so many questions, I am eager to learn, to explore, and to serve the Gabonese people. I know that I will bring Gabon back to North Carolina with me, sharing not only the knowledge and experience in their community and health care, but sharing Dr. Schweitzer’s “Reverence for Life” and what passion it brings to others.” Little did I know how much of Gabon I would bring back and what effect it would continue to have on me.

As I talk with my family and friends about my time there, at certain moments I feel a surge of emotions and tears for what I left behind. I am experiencing a bit of a culture shock, where modern conveniences now make me uncomfortable. As much as I can tell stories about life there, it is not the same as seeing it firsthand. I only hope that my stories have inspired you to reach out into the world and help in any way that you can.

Thank you for sharing in my adventure, as the journey would not have been the same without your thoughts and support. To my husband, daughter, family, and friends, I could not have done this without you. To the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, thank you for believing in me and trusting me to carry on Dr. Schweitzer’s work in Lambaréné. I am forever changed because of it.