Recently I wrote about Joshua’s friend who was supposed to come over for the afternoon and ended up spending the night with us! I’m always reminded here in the African culture where schedules and deadlines are not really important, that people are. And you don’t just spend a quick lunch with someone. It’s more like 4 or 5 hours. We host a Sunday evening Community Night where we get together for worship and prayer. It lasts about an hour or hour and a half. So one of our staff asked one of our African students how he liked the meeting. To which his response was, “What meeting?” I think that about sums it up!
Although I know I will never be African or S. African, there are beautiful aspects of this culture that I will forever practice. You can bet if you are invited to our house for dinner, that part of the experience is cooking it together!