We are in a thatched hut; we can hear the ocean 200 yards away. This place is freaking gorgeous. This experience in SA is not a mistake. 4 out of the 20 students in this program were at the NIFES conference in Nigeria 2004. One of the guys, Joshua works for the president of Inter Varsity. There are NGO workers, administrators, professors, Dr.’s Pastors, all coming together to further economic, community, and social development in Third Worlds.
First day at the welcome dinner I meet this guy Drew, who is 32 and he is here with his wife. She is finishing her thesis and he is taking pictures of the local ministries in the surrounding townships and deep in the heart of SA. By the way he has already taken me on a tour and my mind almost went numb. This experience is incubator and I am an egg.
Here are some of the other people I have met.
Peter is a 26 year old student form
Maurice is from North Philly, he loves clothes and his lady. He has three jobs, youth pastor (un official), social worker and real estate sales. This guy makes me laugh. He kept saying that he “I feel you” as he would lightly thump his chest. Maurice turns 30 in May. He struggles to accept responsibility and grow up. I know what that is like.
Jen is a 24 year old student from Santa Barbra. She has spent a lot of time traveling and working in Med Clinic and with Prostitutes in
Yesterday I spent the majority of my time sleeping. The only difference I was in a bungalow, not Denise and Len’s house. They are the people that picked us up on the first day. Then there is Cindy. She is a mother of four from FL. Mama Mary is the name of her ministry to
As I sit and think about these stories I can not help but to wonder what this all means. There is so much going on. I want to see the world. I want to be where God is speaking the loudest. Who would have thought that a year ago we would be in SA. I just took an exam this morning for seminary and I think I did all right.
It is hard for me to envision myself being a pastor, but I believe I am supposed to go to seminary. It is not hard to see myself using these gifts and talents to empower others to lead. It is not hard to envision myself telling the stories of