I’m going to talk more about intimate moments/experiences while being here so far in order to kind of give you a small taste of what we’re experiencing. I hope you enjoy!
This morning a group of 6 of us got up around 4:15am to go for a walk outside of Thorns and into the village to watch the sunrise. Little did we know, the sun did not rise until 5:30am… giving us about an hour of waiting around. But as soon as the sun started to rise above the mountains, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. All I could think of during this moment was: “The beauty of life really does rest in Africa”. It completely made the hour wait worth it!
Every morning and every evening, a large group of children from the village meet us at the gates of where we are staying to play before we leave for our work site and when we get home from our work site. This is by far my favorite part of the day. A great number of us have already made individual friendships with certain children and each of us already has wonderful stories to share. Personally, I have made great friends with a 12 year old boy named Tapelo. We hit it off right from the first day, I’m pretty sure it was both of our love of dancing that started it He gave me a Sesotho name (many of the children have given Witt students Sesotho names) and mine is Debujo, which means “kindness.” Needless to say, that put an even bigger smile on my face. He is extremely bright and he wrote me an amazing letter today (several of us get letters from our friends) telling me how excited he is that I am here. It made my day! He, along with so many other children are great at teaching our Wittenberg group Sesotho words. (Our memories aren’t as great as we would probably prefer… but we’re slowly learning). The kids are currently on Summer break from school and therefore we’re a primary source of entertainment for them, and I’m pretty sure that they are even more of a pleasure for us. I know it is Wittenberg’s motto to pass on our light… however I’m pretty sure the kids are doing most of the passing it on.
Everybody is so warm, friendly, and just full of joy. I asked one 16 yr old boy today what he likes to do for fun and he said, “I just like to show people to love”. I think this is a great illustration for the mentality of several of the people that we come in contact with. This so far has been such a magical experience and I look forward to waking up tomorrow and having another beautiful day in Lesotho.
Hope all is well in the states!
PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! I hope it has been a great one! You deserve it