I’ve been in Africa a few weeks now and so far it has been overwhelmingly amazing. There’s so many things I want to write about but I’m not sure how to put it all into words, but here goes nothing.
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. They don’t know me, I’m not even from their country; but they immediately treat me like family. Wow. How powerful is that.
Everyone is so present when they are with you. They are engaged and intentional in conversation so they can get to know you better. For the first time I feel like I’m experiencing fellowship as Jesus intended it to be. Just people coming together intentionally loving each other by choosing God for every decision and every word that’s said. It’s not always people sitting in a circle with bibles & diving into the word (which is great) but it can be casual and without any pressure. I love this, it breaks every churchy concept that I’ve had in my head.
My favorite experience of this was our first night here we had a braai at pastor Patrick’s house with a bunch of people from the church. We were welcomed with open arms like we had been there for weeks. The conversation flowed so easily getting to know each other, and I felt like everything I said was listened to and important. I felt loved. Everyone spoke Afrikaans and English so the language barrier wasn’t a problem. Still though It was fun to try to speak Afrikaans and fail miserably; but they didn’t give up on us or judge they just helped us get it right next time. I left that night with a full stomach and heart; knowing that right here and right now I am exactly where God wants me to be.
From this moment on I will consciously chose Jesus, treating others like the people of Walvis Bay community has treated us. There’s just something so special about meeting my brothers & sisters from across the world & worshiping Our Father with them, God you are so sweet to me.