Back in June a beloved member of our congregation received the devastating news that her mother had died back home in South Africa. Her mother had not been well, so she had already saved up and bought a ticket to return to South Africa later in the season. But the airline would not change the date of that ticket, even on compassionate grounds. With help from a generous parishioner we bought her a new ticket home. She was able to be reunited with the members of her family, and to attend the funeral, and say her farewells to her mother.