Friday, August 27, 2010

The Truth Is...

The truth is, I’m a terrible storyteller (even though I like to tell stories).  Another truth in my life is that I have a fear of inconveniencing people.  So here I am with these two bummer personality traits in one hand and a life changing experience in the other hand.  Where do I go from here? 

Before I left for Ethiopia, it had always been my dream to go to Africa and serve in some way.  However, even with all of the knowledge I had of Africa, I wasn’t actually doing anything about it. That thought kind of makes my head spin.  I was someone who cared about the people, was concerned over their lack of clean water and genocide but still...I didn’t really do anything to help the problem.  Mulling this over in my brain made me realize that if I was someone who was aware of the problems and didn’t do anything about it I wonder how many others are like me?  I feel apprehensive in even writing that statement because I don’t want to pass judgment onto anyone, especially if our intentions are well meaning.  Our trip leader Geoffrey mentioned that this trip would probably provide more questions than answers and goodness he was right.

I’ll leave you with this adorable video:

1 comment:

  1. bless you, beth, as you process your experiences there. i felt a little of that after the relief trips i did in louisiana and texas after katrina and rita. i found it impossible to explain back home what it was REALLY like... the sounds and smells and desperation and glimmers of hope. i am so glad you had this huge opportunity, and i know it will live in your forever. can't wait to hear some of your stories next week!