Re­bertha Mun­dle: The mother of all moth­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL EXPRESS - ru­ral@glean­

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.


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