Off & Running
a Blog of Life on the Run

October
17,
2014

How Do You Explain Africa?

It's Impossible. You Just Have to Come.

Missions work is 90% presence & 10% performance. 

  

  

On our third and final day of the Women of Worth Conference in South Africa, the women wanted to share their dancing with us. The tribes got together and performed a beautiful choreographed traditional dance in their traditional dress. These grannies, some in the 70's and 80's, who take care of sometimes 10 orphans of their children and grandchildren, got out and started really dancing. The performance because of our presence was touching.

    

We laughed. We hugged. We shared stories. They shared how much our presence touched their lives. How their home lives had changed and grown between last year's conference and how what the mission team taught them. We don't realize how much we touch their lives.

  

Angie asked each of the grannies to get up and put their hand on the young mothers in the room and pray for them. It was an incredible blessing for these ladies to pray for each other. Sandy & Susan even walked over to me and reminded me that I am loved on and prayed for even though I'm not a mother. A beautiful and filling moment.

  

  

The sweet face above - the one in the pink shirt - stood out among all of the children standing outside waiting for food. The right side of her face had been burned and healed terribly but her face - fierce and determined hit me. Her eyes showed that she was fighting for her chance and would make it no matter who tried to stop her. Burned right into my heart. 

Many of these women have never read God's Word. They received their own copy of the Bible in English and one of the tribal leaders told the ladies that they had children who could read to them and learn as they read out loud. SO many smiles - so many hugs and tears in thanksgiving for the Bibles. Something so simple touched so many.

Michael stepped WAY outside of his comfort zone and danced with a little boy on stage to a Michael Jackson song. It made our cheeks hurt - and yes, there is video.

  

  

  

  

  

I won't be coming back the same - but different in a way I never expected. Something inside me has shifted - in a big way. God is doing some serious work on me. More on that later.

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