Karibu! Welcome to the 2013 edition of Cherished Illusions...tracing and reflecting upon my recent journey back to Africa. Again this year, I was privileged to accompany a team from Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, PA to the village of Loborsoit, Tanzania:
...under the leadership of missions director Curt Harris:
...and WorldServe International president and honorary Maasai elder, John Bongiorno http://www.worldserveintl.org/:
Over the years, these men have been inspired to serve the needs of this particular village in the remote African bush. The people of Loborsoit needed clean water. They needed medical care. They needed a school. Curt and John made a commitment to help. Their work has forged an enduring bond with the people of Loborsoit dating back to 2003. They drilled a well, built a clinic, and started a school.
This is my second trip with them. Why did I go back? Perhaps it was the despair and longing I recognized in a mother's eyes, or a child's timid smile, or an elder's crippled gait and knotted joints that drew me back. Perhaps it was simply the burden of work left unfinished, the yoke of suffering that drew me back. After all,
So, after months of preparation--organizing and packing, reorganizing and repacking--at exactly 2:45 AM on August 27th I hopped out of bed, eager to get started. Adventure was in the air.
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith
but does not have works?
If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day
and one of you says to them,
"Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,"
but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
what good is it?"
In my next post I'll tell you what it feels like to be a sardine.