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.
Although I wish I could just speak Afrikaans and tell them how worthy and beautiful they are to Christ, I have to shift my perspective to focusing on my actions. The team being here gives them a glimpse of a Christ filled life. A book we are reading nails it spot on, “We are not the reconcilers, Jesus is.”
Being a part of this body of Christ is a gift. We are loved by a relational God who uses people as a way to speak to us, influence us, and teach us more about Him. He brings all of His children together in these crazy ways that cause you to look back and know that these connections could only have come from Him.