Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rain, Trees and Axes

This is my team and we get a bit crazy when we work for more than 5 hours straight.

This week we have mostly been working on manual labor. Tracy has us going around and collecting trees from the fields, chopping them up, and helping the workers put them into the fireplace. These pieces of wood are used to cook the rose geranium that are then made into oil. This special and wonderful smelling oil is then taken to Revlon and are distributed into making perfume. This process ends with tons of little lotion samples that Walk in the Light is currently trying to test out with the community. We all each received one too! (and if you put some on your feet before you go to bed, you sleep like a baby!) The vision that Walk in the Light has is to be able to one day make profit with these rose geranium lotions in order to give back to the community. Currently they are able to buy groceries and feed about 12 families, but Tracy's vision is to one day feed about 50 families in the community. It is so beautiful to see that our hands can help be part of that vision. To be quite honest, it's not too fun chopping wood or harvesting in the pouring rain, but at the end of the day it feels so great to accomplish something so meaningful for the community.

Even though we have been doing mostly manual work during the day, we have been blessed to work with 2 youth groups, hangout with the women workers, and go to home visits. We do not get to do it all the time, but when we do, it is so rewarding to be able to spend time with them and fellowship. Sometimes there is a language barrier because we don't really know too much Zulu, but thank goodness for awesome body language and laughter! We play lots of games with the youth groups and they love it! We also get to open up the word of God with them and be able to share devotionals and sermons. Those are the moments where I truly feel like I am part of the community and where I feel at home.

I love this community and spending time with them everyday. We only have a few more weeks working there, so we hope to make the best of it every time we visit :)

Always, Allex


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