On Tuesday we took our volunteer, Karin, to Blessed Camp to begin working on her project for this trip. While she is here she will be interviewing the families within Blessed Camp in order to provide Action Ministry with better background history on their target group. The Action Ministry team has a pretty decent understanding on the history of most of the communities members, but their is still a lot of parts in each families’ story that is a mystery to Action Ministry.
At first we weren’t sure how these interviews were going to go. James, from Action Ministry went with us to interpret and facilitate these conversations. Honestly, I was not sure if the community members would be comfortable opening up with us muzungu’s there. To my surprise each of the community members we interviewed were quick to share their stories with us. They shared about their struggles with leprosy, rejection, poverty and family life. It was sadly apparent that this community is starving for someone to listen to them. Having been rejected and labeled an outcast there hasn’t been many people in their lives that are interested in them as an individual.
Sadly, we as a society, especially in the US, rarely take the time to listen to the stories of the generations that have gone before us. We miss out on the wisdom that we can glean from them and the relationship that we and they need. Now putting that in context of the leprosy victims that are 60+ years old and have lived an extremely challenging and rejected life and I can only imagine how much they crave conversation.
Karin is very excited to continue to visit with these families over the next two weeks and I am sure that her making them a priority will speak huge volumes to them. It doesn’t take much to share Christ’s love with those around us. We simply have to be willing to put out the effort.
Angelina showed us one of her most prized possessions, a photo of her with her daughter and grandchildren.