“The Lord wants us to not only know about Him and His love, He wants us to get our hands covered in flour and our eyes filled with smoke; He wants us to Experience.”
My time as a working intern here in East Africa has been absolutely incredible. The Lord has done a great work in my life and it has been truly amazing to see how He is working in the lives of His people. There have been countless moments and encounters with people that are blatantly the work of God. One of those moments that has Christ's fingerprint all over it happened in the first community we visited.
It was the second day in this community and we were told that we would be going on home visits. I was to go to the home of Boniface and his family. I walked down a rough, dust, dirt road with two guys from my team and three African men for about twenty minutes. Soon after arriving at Boniface's home, I found myself sitting in a kitchen with dirt floors and an open fire in the middle of the small room.
As Boniface and Francis were poking the fire getting ready to prepare the Chapati and Chai, I heard a voice say, "Hey, I think Megan wants to make the Chapati!" Immediately my heart dropped. I have never eaten chapatti. I have never even seen chapatti. How in the world am I supposed to prepare this for these people who have been making it for years and years and years. But as all of this is running through my head I look up and see Boniface and Francis both with huge grins on their faces. I knew then that they would not lead me astray and would not leave me to figure out how to do this alone.
These two African men were pouring into me, they were showing me and teaching me and bringing me into their culture and lives. They were doing exactly what Jesus did. Yes, Jesus spoke to the masses but He also stopped and slowed down to teach and experience life with the people. It could have been so easy for Boniface and Francis to just make the chapati. It would have been much faster and the final product probably would have tasted better. Instead, they wanted me to experience. The Lord not only wants us to know about Him and His love, He wants us to get our hands covered in flour and our eyes filled with smoke; He wants us to Experience.
-Megan Watson, Spring Intern