Similar to our own lives, it’s silly to believe we can do this all on our own. Before leaving the base, we focused on the gospel of John during our morning devotions. John 15:4-5 talks about the vine and the branches to highlight the importance of including God in all of life’s practices.
I didn’t have any expectations for the past two days and honestly, I’m so glad that I didn’t. I was able to engage with the students and focus on the current topics. I was able to be completely present, without being frustrated or disappointed.
Where do I begin? To summarize the journey I have been on for the past six months is a challenge all too difficult for words alone, and yet here I am, trying to capture and articulate what this experience has meant to me.
I came to Africa and these strangers allowed me the privilege to call them family; they gave me a place where I felt I belonged. Through their love, I learned so much more about Christ’s unconditional love, and in His arms I have found the most beautiful sense of belonging. Strangers, friends, family, I hope you know you belong there too.
One of the things so far that has blown my mind is how close everyone feels here. The community here is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. All the neighborhoods are fairly close so that makes a bit of a difference but I think it goes deeper than that. Every time I walk into a room or function I am greeted like an old friend, with loving smiles and hugs that could cure any disease.
For the past three weeks, I have visited these ladies most afternoons. Sometimes the time passes by slowly, and few words are exchanged. Other times, they let me help them by making the bracelets that are sold in their “stores.”
So, Lesotho, was a time of ups and downs, in every sense. God is working mightily there, and I was both honored and privileged to join in for a time. The work will continue, and I can’t wait to see the beautiful harvest.
If you asked me how my time in Lesotho has been so far, I would say it has been spent in utter amazement and thankfulness. The fact that I get to know the God who created this world on a personal level is surreal, and leaves me humbled. How can one look at the beauty of this Earth and not believe?
Each day, we wake up in the homes of families who have graciously opened their doors and hearts to host us. It is quite remarkable to me, the people that I have gotten to know in my life because of the love of Christ being shared among nations.
Trust Hope Faith has been an inspiration to me, and has challenged me in my service. Here in their own backyard, they have found a need and have worked tirelessly to help meet it. Because of this group of individuals, I am more mindful of my daily interactions, and how I can better serve others.
Some days, I find myself thanking God for the tasks I could so easily find menial, like grading papers or photocopying homework sheets. It’s in the quiet of those moments that I’m able to stand still in the knowledge that nothing is too small for showing the love of God.
We met the chief the first day that we were there. In order to serve and pray with the people of the tribe, you have to first be invited and welcomed, just like ones home. You do not simply barge in, but first must build that relationship, be wanted in their home.