I returned yesterday from a month in South Africa. The distance traveled in that time boggles my mind as I wait for my soul to catch up with my body. I spent time in cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. I also traveled to remote places, tiny villages where I lived in people’s homes and got to experience a little of village life. I spent time in townships as well and ate more meat in four weeks than I have had for the past two years! I am on a vegetarian diet once again. Phew.
I am sure I will write about the trip in a future post, but I first wanted to give you some of the places that I saw. Of course South Africa is a complicated place with extreme wealth and extreme poverty. I felt like I toggled back and forth between these. The variety of toilets I encountered alone tells the story. For a few days I bonded with an outhouse in Limpopo province as I nursed my traveler’s tummy (something I got while staying in Kruger Park, not in the village itself.)
Nothing Like a Cape Town Audience
One of the highlights of my trip was a stop in Cape Town to visit friends but also to premiere my newest presentations: Taking Matters into our Own Hands–LGBTQ-Friendly bible stories. We had a huge turnout thanks to the efforts of the organizers, Good Hope MCC Church and Gender Dynamix.
The Sunday Times also ran a piece about the presentation which no doubt drew in some other folks. I have to say, there is nothing like a Cape Town audience! So engaged and quick and generous with their laughter and attention. I had a blast that is for sure.
Coloring in the Village
I spent a few days in Mkhonjane village near the Ncome River in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Inspired by my friend Patti in Pretoria, I brought some coloring books along and joined three of the children in the homestead where I stayed for some daily coloring sessions. The village leaders want to encourage more visitors to the village.
You can see from the video how this rural setting can be a wonderful retreat. The community welcomed us now two different times. If you want to find out more about the village, let me know.
Some of the views I saw