Courtesy: Associated Press/Ilya Gridneff at this linked article
Hospitality is a core value in African cultures, a key feature which has drawn us back, time and time again. While both visiting and living in Rwanda, I was so blessed by the care given to us during our visits and the efforts taken to see us off when we left. While living in Rwanda, I was treated like one who truly belonged, like family. In Congo, Kristi and I ate in countless homes and were treated like royalty. We were welcomed with open arms by our wonderful host community. Here in South Sudan, we have been blessed in similar fashion and always enjoy being in the homes of colleagues, friends and acquaintances.
the last part by foot and it was quite muddy after a huge rain!
a staple of the Chollo (Shilluk) people
All three students shared kind words of appreciation with us and we were introduced to each member of the family. Before leaving, we expressed our gratitude and Paul prayed a blessing over the family and the home; we then snapped some photos together outside. In good African fashion, they escorted us to the bus park and said goodbye as our bus took off, having already that day paid some of our bus fares and asking us to be sure to call them to let them know we had arrived home safely.
also a close friend to John, pictured with Paul and Kristi