The following blog is by summer 2017 OHA Media Intern, Emma Welborn.
As I think about the past couple of weeks, one thing that comes to my mind is overcoming. The days here are a much slower pace than the days back home, and through this slower pace of life we learn efficiency and priority. But, there are some things that cannot be helped and they never cease to get in the way. We have overcome Wi-Fi difficulties, which is tough considering all of us interns are here for media related purposes. Nonetheless, we battled around that and found ways to make use of our time through helping with the farm, teaching us things we would have never thought of otherwise, like aquaponics (basically using fish poop to grow plants). We also had the opportunity to go to a Care Point, a school for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs), and were able to see the workings of a 14-year volunteer who sacrifices her life to help these children. Having no Wi-Fi gave us time to delve into the Word, and figure out our purpose for this trip and to form deeper bonds with one another.
In case you didn’t know, the food in Africa is different than that of the United States. Though we have been careful (drinking only filtered water), we have battled food poisoning, and are working to overcome a stomach bug. Combine this with homesickness and lack of sleep, one can see where it’s easy for us to lose focus of our mission. But, through many pep talks and forced joy, we have learnt to be there for each other and to work together to overcome the curse of bad health.
So, three weeks in and we are realizing how imperfect the human is, but how perfect our God is. We are able to form lesson plans for teenage girls, take photos to narrate the lives of the local workers, spend days running errands all over Swaziland to fuel a nonprofit, and grow deeper in faith and friendship with one another.
While it is easy to look back and only see the hard things we would not have had to face in the comforts of our own homes, it is refreshing to know how much God works in His own ways, and to see just how strong we are as a team. One Heart Africa is doing amazing things, but it is not without difficulty. I have been able to see the work Anna and Ryan put in every day, and trust me, the payoff is beautiful. Families clothed and fed, children going to school, a light in a world of darkness, oh the things we have overcome.