Some farewells are easy…this one is!
After working together, side by side, for eleven years, Julie Wheetley Obregon has decided to step down from her position with Health Talents and step up to the role of full-time mom. Oliver and Dawson, and of course Adolfo, are three lucky men.
I watched Julie celebrate turning twenty-five and being able to “rent” a car for business; I was there when she turned thirty with Mr. Right not in sight and I was listening to her sweet voice and delightful laugh when Mr. Right came into view and captured her heart.
We were able to complete annual reviews with a hug and I love you; how sweet is that!
I was there for her wedding, celebrated the news of her pregnancy, Oliver’s birth and when Dawson entered their home for foster care. Every step included a measure of prayer on her behalf.
Julie made Health Talents a better and stronger ministry, all the while charming her way into the hearts of hundreds on our ministry team and ministry volunteers. Knowing she is only a phone call away, still living in Nashville and willing to volunteer and serve in the future make this farewell easy. Knowing that she’ll be a wonderful, full-time mother and wife makes it even easier.
We wish her well, love her completely and plan to see her often.
Julie has penned a message below, but first allow me to share the words of two who serve on our Board of Directors, both having served as president during her time with HTI.
Julie had a great work ethic and a servant’s heart. With that and her Spanish language skills, she was able to develop deep relationships in HTI’s ministry area. She is a great asset to the ministry of HTI and will be sorely missed. We wish her well as she transitions to the role of full-time mom.
Julie has been such an asset to HTI. She has a servant's heart, a gift for organization, logistics, and leadership--and she speaks English and Spanish fluently! She will be greatly missed, but we hope to see her whenever her schedule permits. Thank you, Julie, for many years of faithful service to HTI and our brothers and sisters and patients in Guatemala.
What a wonderful season I have enjoyed, serving with HTI for over eleven years. This ministry is a tremendous blessing to my life and my departure from full time employment with HTI is bitter sweet. Being Mommy to Oliver (9mo) and my foster son Dawson (5yr) is just about the only thing that could pull me away from this ministry I love so dearly. I thank the Board of Directors for their support and guidance and my co-workers both in USA and Guatemala for the wonderful friendships and camaraderie as we worked together to spread the Good News. I look forward to volunteering with HTI in years to come.