Published on: 20/06/2018

 

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(Elizabeth) Wendy Hamilton White, 37

Wendy was both highly qualified and talented. Not only was she a qualified nurse but she had graduated after studying Social Studies. Wendy was part of the mission team in Rhodesia from 1976 and ran the School clinic twice a day, three times a week, and so classed herself as part of the school as well as the hospital.  

 
Wendy sent regular letters to her supporters which were written with real creativity and enthusiasm.  She explains in the letter dated March/April 1977 “In contrast to the school, our patients are the local people; many walk miles to come to us, as the buses have now stopped running and the next hospital - also a mission one - is 30 miles away… There are about 70 beds – often two or even three children to one bed.”  
 
Wendy continued to describe the atmosphere at the hospital, “to help you visualize the place more easily: We are often busy but never rushed.  Monday mornings in particular there are queues of out patients plus ante-natal patients.  By lunch-time it’s quiet again; the patients relatives will be all cooking sadza on open fires just 50 yards away, chickens strut around, dogs sleep in the shade, a cock crows, someone’s small herd of mombe (cows) or goats are wandering through the hospital grounds, grazing as they go; and so the African’s unhurried way of life goes on.  Births, sickness and death all a part of it.”
 
It has proved difficult to trace surviving relatives of Wendy and if any reader can, we would really appreciate your help in contacting relatives and friends of Wendy. Elim Missions would like to include them in the special 40th year commemorative event to be held in Malvern during September.
 

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