My, oh my…what a difference a week makes! When I say that statement, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? Perhaps you’ve had a significant situation or unexpected happening that’s transpired since this time last Friday…I know I certainly have.
Each of us has our own set of challenges, whether they be personal or professional. The real key is how we react when “push comes to shove”…and then how we follow up in our action when the dust settles a bit.
Why do I bring this topic up when I’m talking about the subject of The Pioneer Woman? It was just last Friday that I showcased an incredible young woman named Melissa Arnott. If you didn’t happen to catch last week’s Friday blog, I would encourage you to go into our archives and read about her and why she falls into that unique category called “Pioneer”.
At this point last week, Melissa and her team had just left base camp on Mt. Everest to make their trek to the summit. Little did they know that tragedy was literally just around the bend!
On April 25th, a massive 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, shattering hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. In addition to the great loss of life, homes and buildings were reduced to rubble by the worst quake to hit the region in 80 years.
The quake then triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, with the death toll currently at 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history. When I heard about the earthquake and subsequent avalanche, my very first thought was… “Did Melissa survive?”
Had I not seen her interview on The Today Show early last week and then did my research in preparation for last Friday’s blog, the fact that climbers on Mt. Everest may have been injured, or worse yet, killed would not have been nearly so personal!
It may seem strange, but for some reason I feel a kinship…or sisterhood, if you will, with Melissa Arnott. I’ve never climbed one physical mountain…and she’s summited Everest FIVE times! But I can relate to her true grit and determination to reach her goals…and the calling she has on her life!
After hearing the news, I went to Melissa’s Facebook page…and received the good news (even though she and her team were obviously shaken) they were all safe. A breathed a huge sigh of relief and thanked God for keeping them out of harm’s way.
Just a few minutes prior to beginning this post, I revisited her FB page and found the following update from Melissa herself…and this says it all:
“I can’t imagine being with another team in this incredibly difficult time. We left Everest basecamp on April 23rd to climb Lobuche Peak and sleep on the summit for acclimatization. I took this picture as we descended on the 25th, before the earthquake. We remained safe down valley (but very concerned) during the entire event as word came in of the devastation above and below us. My heart is broken for all the loss and all the impact on rescuers in the last few days. We are trying to see now where our team can best be used and trying to adjust our reality to this new one.
I’m grateful to have the chance to help others in these stressful days but I’m going to need more help. The Juniper Fund (www.thejuniperfund.org) is in need of additional support to be able to help families from this tragedy, as well as try to have an immediate impact on rebuilding critical infrastructure in a remote village where many of our friends live and work. Please donate if you can. I will continue to keep everyone updated with our progress.
Thank you all for your support, not only for me but also for this community and this country that I hold so close to my heart.”
I may never have the opportunity to personally meet this inspiring young woman who is, indeed, the embodiment of the word, “pioneer”, but I know she will press on to what she has been called to accomplish and to that I can only add… Godspeed!!!
See you at the Top,
Jana B. Denninger, Neighborhood Development Partner
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