On February 28th we were soaring through the skies on KLM airways, our travel time was coming to a close and it was time to start our descent into Kenya. This descent was accompanied by the sheer beauty of an African sunrise that was climbing up beside the heights of Mount Kenya—a warm welcoming for our SSU team traveling to the foreign (to us) lands of Eastern Africa. This would be our classroom for the next two weeks.
In my undergraduate degree, I have studied books that explain certain practices and principles for effective international development. But in Africa, these pages have come alive and taken the face of real people, and current struggles in this area of the majority world. Being here, it has been so intriguing to hear accents of indigenous workers administering development wisdom that I have thankfully gleamed from. Furthermore, among other things, our team has visited many development projects; some of these include: newly built water wells, agricultural development that seems to be quite revolutionary, and a community center in a Somali refugee camp that is holistically bettering the people who live there. Positive change is happening and development is happening!
On this trip I have been doing my best to be a good observer. To look and to see the people surrounding me, trying to understand this tapestry of poverty and beauty that has been presented before us. And as I observe I have ask myself many questions. But one I would like to ask the reader of this blog is: “What is our responsibility toward the majority world?” As we grow and get older, as we walk through peaceful and majestic nature trails and take time to smell the beautiful red roses, may we also remember the majority world. And may we ask ourselves and wrestle with the question, “What is our responsibility, we in the wealthy west, to the majority world?”
I am so appreciative to God for this opportunity to be here, and to SSU as well, for valuing this form of education–I feel I have learned a lot of (essential) practical education. Also, I want to take this time to thank all those that have worked so hard to help this band of SSU pilgrims go to Kenya. And finally to all those that have helped us through prayer and finances, my deep gratitude goes out to you.