I’m going to keep my head down, intently and intentionally soaking in as much creative overflow as possible. If I were to look up and see the places I could be, and the children I could love, I would be long gone. I know that what I am learning now, creating now, loving now, is important and valuable. It is worth something and will be utilized in the future. For now, I will cherish what I am doing, praying for what will come.
Towards the end of my time in Enkanini I worked alongside community members to paint a few shacks with the little amount of paint we had left. The paint adds a layer of insulation and helps to keeps metal from rusting. I bought some green paint and decided to paint the world map. Halfway through, I looked behind me and there was a crowd of men watching intently. Once I had finished, I showed the group the paper map I was drawing from and they noticed I left out Greenland. I asked them who would like to finish, and they pointed out this young man, Soso. He was embarrassed, but everyone was in agreement that he would be the best choice. I handed him the paintbrush and encouraged him to finish. I stood watching for a while, and before I left he said to me, “I like art so so much”. Collaborating with Soso was such a gift.
While in Enkanini I spent a majority of my time interviewing some of the children. Sondisa was one of the few who spoke enough english that we could have a conversation without a translator. Listen to his dreams, and listen to his struggles.
My soul-rebuilding, heart-healing, mind-renewing time in South Africa looked a little something like this.
"Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."
The mural lives on! These kids repeatedly say, “Jesus loves me! Jesus is the master!”