this proverb from the Ocon people in Ghana really resonated with me when i read it.. some of the proverbs from Africa don’t exactly translate into English that makes sense (There was one about throwing your drowning mother in law a fish – or something like it) Since i’ve been in Uganda, i’ve been thinking a lot of exactly what my role is and should be with the people here. i have to ask myself if i really “see” those who need to be “seen.” i’m reading Sider’s book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger where he talks about “true joy coming from generosity in giving [money]” and i may have to disagree.. i feel like many times giving is really for our own ease of conscience than for the good of who we’re giving to. Sider places so much emphasis on wealth and whether it’s right or wrong for the Christian to have — but really, isn’t wealth irrelevant to our calling to love people?? not completely relevent… but i needed to vent.
i’m working with kids who stay at a physical therapy home and have metal rods in their legs/hips/feet… no amount of money can replace the presence of someone coming to be with them. i don’t want to romaniticize or sensationalize it just because it’s Africa. it isn’t easy. i don’t always feel like going. it takes patience. there’s a little bit of a language barrier. but.. i feel that already just being present and entering into their life has done immeasurably more. at least to me. i hope to take some pictures of the kids so you can see them and their beautiful sweet faces.
so, it has been difficult but rewarding to engage with the culture and the people. when i say difficult, i mean difficult. the other night at 2 in the morning, someone wanted to have choir practice apparantly. they were beating on the drum and singing. loudly. i’m convinced that they just don’t sleep, because the same thing happens in the morning. and when i roll out of bed in the morning to get breakfast, barely awake and clearly not fully conscious, anyone and everyone wants to just have the longest conversation about nothing in particular.
this week: midterms and a couple papers… i have absolutely no idea what to expect =)
next week: my adventurous week of fun. i’ll let you imagine what adventure in Uganda looks like..
other than that, everything is ok. i’m over half-way done. crazy. weather is still in the 70’s-80’s. it’s getting to be the rainy season.. it’s also getting to be grasshopper season, which everyone here seems a little too excited about. (not grasshoppers to look at, grasshoppers to have with lunch.)
g’bye and have a good week!