can one summarize a week of an incredible range of
experiences? It seems that there is really no way
possible, so maybe I shouldn't even try. No, I will
attempt, but just know that there is no way that I
can cover everything and express everything I would
This week has been full of kids! We volunteer for
the children's program here at MWC and it seems to
have taken over our days. Our group came into it thinking
that we wouldn't have to work all day every day, but
that soon changed. Some of us enjoy the nursery of
0-2 year olds, while a majority of others work with
children ranging in age from 3-15. Our hours are 9:30ish-5ish.
Often times it is later, though.
We have set up a nice system where we get at least
one afternoon off to attend workshops, the global
village, and just enjoy the shops, music, and african
I have been working in the nursery. It's been quite
different having some of the Zim babies look at me
and start crying because I am white. It's such a helpless
feeling because there's nothing I can do about it.
Yet, I have been very blessed by some of the other
babies and how easily they trust me. The same goes
for the other Zim volunteers. They trust us and look
after us. It's been such a blessing to experience
the african hospitality and openness.
I'm not quite ready for our experience to end, but
God has shown and taught us so much these past weeks,
and I know we will all have a lot to share and process
once we get home. Hopefully we will all remember what
we want to take back from here and be able to put
it into practice. It will be a bittersweet departure
for all of us today.
was the ending worship session of Mennonite World
Conference. The four hour service was filled with
lots of singing, a sermon by the new president, Nancy
Heisey, thankyou's and appreciation to our Zimbabwean
hosts, and a communion service.
The communion service was especially moving for me.
7,000 plus fellow Mennonite and Brethren in Christ
believers from around the world, all partaking in
the holy time together was awesome.
Our group said goodbye to eve that afternoon as she
headed to Botswana. We left on a motorcoach bus around
6 PM, and rode it through the night, arriving in Johannesburg
the next morning. Monday was spent in the Joburg airport
sleeping, catching up on journals, playing cards,
and just relaxing. Our flight for london left about
10 pm that night.
We arrived in Washington DC on Tues. afternoon. We
had one last circle prayer time as a group before
we left the baggage area. Our group really bonded
and became very close, so it was hard to split up
and say goodbye to everyone. Parents and friends then
greeted us outside and took us safely back to Harrisonburg