Rebertha Mundle: The mother of all mothers
EFFORT, Clarendon: REBERTHA MUNDLE is the mother of two biological children, but she has now lost count of the number of children she has taken into her home and helped along the way.
The 69-year-old retired teacher told Rural Xpress that the only thing she asks is that those she helps just say ‘thank you’, but even if they fail to, for her it doesn’t matter.
Mundle, who was born in Victoria, Clarendon, made her home with her husband and family in Effort in the northern area of the parish.
“Right now, I have one sending to Edwin Allen High School. I took her in because her parents cannot afford to,” she said.
Mundle said she has made it her life’s mission to ensure that students are not denied a good education – not while she can help.
“Sometimes you will find four or five children staying with me. I don’t think I can stop now,” she said.
Mundle has assisted so many that she can’t even remember some of them.
She shared an experience where she and her husband went to a church convention in Ocho Rios. They stayed at a hotel, and it was at that same hotel that she met a young man who the minute he saw her, he gave her a big hug and kiss screaming, “Mommy, Mommy!” in excitement.
Upon seeing her puzzled expression, he seemed crestfallen, reminding her that she had taken him in her home from the Chapelton Boys’ Home and sent him to school.
“I cried to see how he came out and was working at the hotel. That’s the best reward ever,” she said.
“I don’t know the name of the children I have assisted, I can’t even remember some of them. I just do these things because I just love to help. I don’t think about reward, I just see it as my Christian duty,” she said.
Mundle also threw her labour and financial resources behind the Effort Early-Childhood and Basic School as she steered the institution in its early stages to a firm foundation.
“I took up that challenge of ensuring that everything goes well with the school, that the teacher is well prepared, helped her with lesson doing charts for her, supervised them and spend a lot of time with them, teaching doing all I can to build up the community,” she said.
Now retired from teaching at the Frankfield Primary School, she has no plans of slowing down.
She has now embraced another challenge, and it is that of helping senior citizens in her community by driving them to the clinic for their appointments, waiting for them, and then transporting them back home.
There are times also when she houses them if they are sick so she can help to take care of them.
The Smithville Church of God member is very involved in ministry, and for her, there is no better way to show God’s love than to impact people in their times of need.
“I just love people. I asked the Lord to give me a heart like His. Some people in the district tell me I am going to give away myself. Even my own husband tells me that the only thing I haven’t given away is him,” she said with a chuckle.
If there is one goal that she has not yet accomplished, it is to build a nursing home so she can take care of senior citizens.
“I wish I could gather all of them who need help and put them in a home where I can take care of everyone,” she said.