Hannah M., from Wayne State College, travelled with a group of college students to Zimbabwe to help with a discipleship youth camp for VisionTrust children.
Before I traveled to Zimbabwe I unknowingly focused on all of the ways it would be different than what I was used to. Different people, different houses, different skin tones, different culture. When we first arrived in Zimbabwe my thoughts seemed to be confirmed. I saw no fast food, Walmart, or Starbucks. Instead I saw donkeys and cows wandering around and women balancing suitcases on their heads. It wasn’t until I was partnered with a local high school girl, Peaceful, that I began to see just how similar we actually were to each other. The more I talked to and shared with her, the more I became convinced that I was in fact more similar to her than I could have imagined. We both have dreams and ambitions. We both worry about homework and friends. I found out even in Africa there is still high school drama and sitting by boys at lunch is still a big deal. I’m not saying our lives are exactly the same. Peaceful has a very different life than I do, but it was amazing to me how similar we were at the core. It was a sweet reminder to me of how God sees us. We are all the same in His eyes—all His beautiful and beloved children.
“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)