At this checkpoint in the school year, we have already found ourselves reflective of the journey. While we bear the stretch marks that come with carrying culture shock, we also seek and find comfort while looking to God for his goodness and promises.
To help fix our eyes on Jesus, we have had some fun listing some of our favourite things about African/RVA culture. Please keep reading and enjoy God’s diversity!
Here’s our list:
- TREES, PLANTS and BIRDS (Ok, these are three things, but we needed to keep the list to 10 and this made the goal achievable) – We are land loving, garden growing, field harvesting, bird watching, stop and smell the roses kind of people. We cannot help ourselves.
- JUICE – A native Kenyan lady delivers pure fruit juice to RVA and we literally pick out our favourite juices from the trunk of her car (by the way, they do not call it a “trunk” here. It is known as the “boot”).
- MR. DIXON’S ROASTING FORKS – Need we say more? These are genius!
- AFRICAN HAIR – This has fascinated us. Thanks to the guys and gals on campus, we have been learning about different textures, styles, extensions and general “how to care for” info.
- ACCENTS – Living on the RVA campus has afforded us the richness of encountering many cultures right out our front door. Accents, accents, accents! They’re diverse and beautiful.
- HAND CRAFTED ITEMS – This one gets us every time. You will win us over with quality hand crafted items. Wood carving, weaving, bead making, sewing… it never gets old!
- MAASAI BLANKETS – Literally you can find a Maasai blanket at almost any market, shop or store. While the Maasai sport the traditional red, the blankets come in an array of colours.
- ROASTING COFFEE BEANS – Does this need an explanation? It’s a little bit of heaven.
- THE HANDSHAKE – The louder the better. Really. The point is for the shake to commence with a loud clap and then proceed with all manner of hand shaking and movement. It is most acceptable to greet African friends with a handshake every single time. A wonderful gesture of friendship.
- THE VIEW OF THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY – Perhaps part of its wonder is the fact that we are prairie folk and the curves, rolls and folds of the hills that hug the valley intrigue us. We love the layers and depth of the hills. It’s one of those wonders that beckon us to enjoy our Creator.
May you be inspired to enjoy God’s gifts and goodness around you!