I would like to share one of my experiences about a woman I met in Antipolo named Analie Echnique. Analie grew up in Bukidnon and was the eldest of twelve children. During my visits, I'd tell her stories about how I became to be a missionary. She'd claim, "Sayang, naa koy bana ug mga bata. Pwede unta mag missionary lang ko (It's a pity, I already have a husband and children. I would have loved to be a missionary.)." She'd also help me practice with my Cebuano. When she appeared to be busy with household chores, I would often help her out. Over the course of time, a strong friendship developed between us and I have come to know her as a responsible mother to her children and a loyal wife. Every time I finished my visitations, I left with her parting words, "Balikbalik ha (Please come again)."
One day, I accompanied Analie to the hospital for check-up. Tests revealed that she had Hansen's disease (leprosy). I continued to accompany her to the doctor during her follow-up visits and helped her family understand about her illness and the impact of her diagnosis on the community. Getting sick in the Philippines costs a fortune so Analie was delighted to know that free medicine could be requested at the Health Center.
I pray that she finds eternal rest in God. Amen.