Written by Emma
My Friday morning: pray to God the lights work, check to make sure the water in the shower turns on, make sure to wake up mom and sister, and remember to bring Bob’s peanut butter. This is pretty much my entire morning summed up in a miniscule nutshell. Thank God I was able to accomplish all of it!
Most day’s I head off to the clinic with the entire team, but today I got to go on quite a different adventure. I was asked by one of our team member’s, Bob, if I would like to go visit a school with him and Kait. Without hesitation, I immediately said yes. With that settled, we drove off to our destination at 8am this morning with a German medical student along with us.
The ride to the school was almost three hours, but we got the chance to capture images of African life with the click of our cameras along the way. It was probably one of the best car rides I’ve ever been on in my life.
The school was right next to a diamond mine. The entire area was fenced in, and we had to sign a guest book before entering. We were kindly escorted by a minister who used to preach at a Lutheran church in the area. When we arrived at the school, the headmaster was waiting for us. He showed us around the entire school grounds. It was split up into separate buildings, so a student would have to walk from building to building to get to their next class. They had a fire there about three years ago so are in the process of rebuilding. They have many plans for new developments and are very hopeful for a prosperous future for their school.
When we met the students, they were all sitting in chairs outside on a cement floor with a covering over them. There were at least 100 of them. They were between the ages of 16-20. When we were seated, we all introduced ourselves, and said what type of schooling we have had. Then they all asked us questions. They asked us serious questions like, what were our thoughts on homosexuality (it’s illegal in this country), what we thought about globalization, and how we treated skin cancer. We were completely caught off guard by these questions. It was amazing how well they listened to each of our responses. They were so interested in everything we had to tell them. They spoke English incredibly well, and they seemed to understand everything we said.
Before we left, we gave them a few gifts, like a brand new soccer ball, about a hundred toothbrushes and a few pencils. The students started clapping and cheering with joy at each of these gifts. Then they all stood up and started singing to us. They all held hands, and held on to our hands too. The song was about walking in the light of God. It was amazing how skillful they are at singing. It was a great experience that I’ll never forget.
After today, I realize how much I take for granted. These kids have worked so much harder for an education that I take for granted sometimes. It makes me feel very thankful that I have what I have. Now when I go back to America, I’m planning on taking more advantage of my schooling and hopefully influencing others around me to do the same!