The time is drawing nearer and although this journey is constantly on my mind, a few personal setbacks placed my planning on the back burner. But now that my mind is clearer, my thoughts are back to my preparation to meet these two preteens who reside miles away and are also I guess anticipating my visit.
For starter, I have began to learn a few words in their language. That always break the ice and quite often produces a wide smile. This is what I do in my workplace, greet someone in their native language and it can magically put them at ease.
I am also thinking that I will talk about LOVE. I will assure them that they are loved and although it does not take away the actual rigors of their lives, love will certainly make it more manageable.
I will talk about NEVER giving up but working hard.
I will say, enjoy your family, Love your family, treasure your family, they are your most valuable commodities.(I will have to translate that big word)
As Martin Luther King, JR. said "Take the first step in Faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." And that's what I will do in a couple weeks when I head off to this distant land.
Two very poor kids have been given the chance through Children International to have a brighter future. Two very poor kids that I am now connected to when I became their sponsor, a small act that allows them to have a nutritious meal, new clothing, medicine, education and a glimpse into a normal childhood. These are two very poor kids that I will now pay a visit, to tell them how much I care about their well-being, that I want them to get the most out of life.
Will these two young girls understand these messages, even if I could deliver them in their own language? So do I prepare a written speech or greet them with open arms and let my caring shine through? I think I will rely on my warm heart for guidance and that's the language we will all speak and understand.
We will go to the village to see where they call home and meet the family, whoever they are. We will have an outing to a fun place of their choice, a make a wish if you please. We will go shopping for shoes and other necessities and we will laugh those belly laughs that comes from deep down in our souls. And for a moment we will cast aside life's storms. I will say "Ndine okondwera," which translates, "I am glad to be part of your life."
I have already warned my travel companion to bring with him lots of patience, understanding, caring and love because these are the main ingredients for a journey of this sort. Travel through Africa demands an open mind. And if I may add, you also need faith. I have faith that this will all work out. Stay tune for my leap of faith to Lusaka, Zambia.
Peace and Love!