You can't fix people, not in a lifetime, and certainly not in thirty days. But you can walk through life with them and encourage them by pointing them to the One who can fix people. That's why someday I want to go back and live in Zimbabwe. I've met some of the most gracious and resilient people, and I've made some amazing friends, but Zimbabwe is a difficult place to survive and I want to be there for the people, for my friends.
Let me tell you about two of the best friends that I made while I was there. Their names are Anna and Amanda and they are both sweet, wonderful, hard-working girls. They have a sewing business in a building behind the house where I was staying, and they make beautiful clothes. I've really enjoyed talking with them and getting to know them. We all love to sing, so they taught me some songs in Shona and I taught them some songs in English. They also taught me--or at least tried to teach me, how to make sadza, the staple food of Zimbabwe, but it's really difficult to make. I showed them how I make spaghetti. Most of the evenings that I wasn't busy I spent with them, and I absolutely loved it.
On Tuesday we were up at six in the morning climbing trees. The trees are rough and scraggly--great for climbing. Amanda's the brave one. She climbed to the very top to watch the sunrise. The morning was fresh, the air was cool, the sky still gray and yawning, and there were a couple of birds singing, but we sang louder. We sang "Hakuna Wakaita Sa Jesu"(Shona for "There's no one like Jesus") and "This is the Day that the Lord has Made" and then "These are the Trees that the Lord has Made" (no, that's not a real song...but we sang it anyway). Six o' clock in the morning is prime tree climbing time, especially with friends like Anna and Amanda. Life hasn't been easy for them, but those girls are gems. And it's because of them and others that I have met, as well as God's calling on my life, that I want to go back.