Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I heard a story about a foreign missionary in western Africa many years ago. An African man once said to him, "You may love our souls, but you don't love us as people." When the missionary asked why the man felt this way, he said, "because you don't eat our food."
Of course there are many ways to show love and we should love through our actions, words, things, and time...but I think we can also show love through eating.
During the meal at the meeting, I noticed that many of the women were watching me as I ate my bowl of nshima. When I smiled at them with my mouth full of food, I was met with huge grins and lots of thumbs up :)
I'm doing much listening and observing, I'm beginning to understand a little and talk a bit, and I'm trying to be helpful and encouraging, but if I'm not yet showing love in any other way...at least I can eat!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I then realized I must have missed the very important word - not... which made the question very different - "Is anyone here not free?" - to which I had responded by smiling and enthusiastically raising my hand. Thinking about my misunderstanding and ridiculous response to his question, I quickly went from 'uma mulher branca' to 'uma mulher vermelha' (a white woman to a red woman).