Leaving South Africa

I am going to try to get caught up here and share what Anna and I have been up to the last month. After our time with the churches of the Ondini Circuit in KwaZuluNatal, we moved north to finish our trip in Johannesberg. We were hosted by Anna's cousin's wife's aunt and uncle who live there. When I write that it seems like a far flung connection, but it felt just the opposite. We were made to feel right at home and had a great few days there. We aimed to hit some of the major sites around town including the Apartheid musuem, a tour of Soweto (Jo'berg's most famous township), and 'The Cradle of Humanity,” an archaeological site famous for some of the earliest hominids. That said I didn't do a great job of getting pictures, but suffice it to say we learned a lot about South Africa's ancient history as well as it's troubles in more recent years.

Our sojourn in South Africa ended after three months. I'll be honest, it's not the easiest place we've travelled. Among other things, there's the continual question of safety and the varying advice you get about the precautions to take. But It was sad to leave South Africa, especially with the feeling that we had only scratched the surface. It's a place the defies easy summary and is fascinating for an outsider. It is a beautiful place, from the dramatic landscapes of the cape to the vibrant and unique cultural traditions of its people. We were blessed with many great experiences.

With this fellowship I set out to learn about land, specifically through the lens of faith. South Africa is a place that will force you to think about that at every turn. Consider a quote made famous by Desmond Tutu: “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” The country continues to grapple with this heritage that Tutu described so poignantly.


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