One of my favorite book series is The Number One Ladies Detective Agency, set in Botswana, Africa. Never did I imagine that I’d get a chance to meet the beautiful people of Africa. This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the small village of Katsekera, Malawi and spend time at our VisionTrust Learning Center.
The trip was pretty memorable–getting to live in the village, right alongside the villagers–with no running water or electricity, living life as they do. Each night we would retire early because of the darkness…and the stars, oh my, the stars! They were so stunning that I almost fell over looking at them. And in the morning we would rise with the sun. The village would come to life with the first gleam of dawn. People began to walk around, roosters began to crow, and you would hear the hum of conversations. That was it, no vehicle noise, no tractor noise. Just the sounds of people doing life together.
During our trip, we visited some of the children’s homes, conducted a Vacation Bible Study, and worked with the villagers to build a new public school. I enjoyed all of this tremendously, but what stuck with me the most was the beauty, gentleness, and humility of the people–how quickly they were willing to serve us, to drop a coin in the Sunday offering, or smile at us when we held their child’s hand. I just can’t shake how little they have materially, how simply they live, and despite everything they keep going forward. It makes me want to live differently to honor these special people. I’ll never forget what our national director’s wife, Roselyn, said during one of our devotions, “We want to have less so they can have more.” So true, so true.