Africa

For those of you still processing your time in Uganda, I wanted to post a poem that was written by a local 16-year-old girl named Ellie after her return from Malawi last year. I pray that it will speak to you today.

For those of you wondering if it would really make that much of a difference for you to go on a mission journey, I pray you will find the answer hidden between these lines.

Africa
by Ellie Estes 2009
A dirty poor country
A place to find God
Mud houses
Happy homes
Rotten teeth
Beautiful smiles
Hungry empty bellies
Full round cheeks
Language barriers
Active communication
Different, weird food
Real taste of culture
AIDS orphans
My brothers and sisters
No roads, cars or lights
Amazing sunsets
One little picture
Memories for a lifetime
Salome – just a fat baby
The face that still makes me laugh
A reach for a mzungu’s hand
A touch of a white girl’s heart
Three simple words
Lasting effects
A teenager with no American luxuries
A boy who finds a way to dance like nobody’s business
A diminishing economy
Lots of room to grow
A simple game of duck, duck, goose
A whole day’s worth of laughs
Barren land
Bright, starry sky
A faceless orphan named Innocent
My sweet baby I run to see
A depressing story
An inspiration for one person to make a difference
A home shattered by despair
A heart healed by a tight hug
Kids running after a bus
My babies never wanting to say goodbye
One simple “Okay, I’ll go.”
Incredible change.

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