Beautiful and tragic. These are two words to describe my impression of the people with whom I met while I spent February 2006 in
Beautiful. The color and life that the African people bring to planet earth is breath taking. They love to smile and laugh, spend time together in community and family. They work for and with each other to accomplish task. Now sure, there are problems--Some crime, drunkenness and sexual addictions—but every culture has its vices.
What struck me more, was the tragedy that is the African continent. Before I left for my trip, I read up on life in
Little did I know that yes, while drama is drama, life in
Yet, that said, they are really content people with love for each other, tribe and family. They are wonderfully created by the Father. To say this was a lesson in mission was an understatement, this was a lesson in human anthropology – seeing a developing nation, well… develop life on the island as they find and dig for water, work the land to feed themselves and barter for goods. I was lucky to be a fly on the wall of their lives.