STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO: Picture Praise, 03/11/13
This little girl (now a young lady of 19) entered our lives like all children do. Through prayer, anticipation and love she was pushed into this world. She turned out to be from another Kingdom. Someone once called her, ‘The Breath of God.”
Feeding herself, dressing, taking a bath, going to the toilet proved to be almost impossible tasks for her. But what comes naturally to this gentle spirit is loving people unconditionally. She would enter anyone’s private space and start up a conversation in her own foreign language. Strangely, people allow it. She is greeted in shops, on the streets, in the forest, in the ladies toilet at the hospital, on the bus. And so we end up having interesting conversations.
Journeying together, at a slow pace is more important than reaching the destination. Her enthusiasm and joy are contagious. She would giggle at the dog, at paint spilling when the pot is knocked over or someone swatting flies.
She will never grow up to be a teacher or a doctor or a professor. Her gift is to be alive, demonstrating the art of exuberant living in the moment. Tomorrow does not exist. Someone will take care.
She is her ministry.
We assume to know the answers to life but she shames us at the simplicity of the important. Love. Life. Our neighbour.
The missionary: a breath of God.
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photographer: Amanda du Plessis, Belgium. “Eleven years ago we came to Belgium with a message. But Belgium presented us with a message which we were not ready to receive. To unlearn our Africaness, took time. The Father used us in our brokenness. We now share encouragement and hope as we receive on our personal journey. Our time is divided between our local church and the mission organisation we work with.”