I took this photo when my family and I visited Zambia this summer. For the last few years, we have volunteered to help facilitate a summer camp for orphan children in Zambia, Africa, a country with the highest per capita orphan rate in the world. We go to show these children that they are loved, and to provide hope. Isn’t that really what this season is all about? Love and hope?
We have the opportunity to see where the children live. Their living conditions are beyond what many of us could even imagine. Dirt floors, and sheets for walls are not uncommon. I was able to meet the Grandma for one of “my” boys. She spoke no English, and I speak VERY few words of Nyanja. Beyond “good morning”, I could not speak with her. But we did communicate. She smiled, and I smiled. She knew that we both had her grandson’s best interests at heart. I sat with her on her straw mat, and we listened to the boys laughing and playing. Now – isn’t that what this season is all about? Connection?
Connection goes beyond language. Beyond skin color or the country you’re from. It transcends gender, and generational differences. Maybe this is what we all need as we wrap up the year: a little more openness, and a lot more connection.