Why am I going to Dem. Rep. of the Congo?
Life is not a straight line. It has its ups and downs, and we could even say that most of the time life is like a pinball machine, where the ball is supposed to go in one direction, but it goes in another... and at the end it finally reaches its destination.
These are some examples of events that we never thought about and happened in our lives:
- Mexico was never in our plans, not even for vacation and we lived three wonderful years in that country.
- While living in Paraguay and started thinking about moving to Canada, our original destination was Winnipeg, Manitoba. While in Mexico, our Canadian adventure continued and we moved to Montréal, Québec.
- Learning French was never in our plans, and today we live in French.
- Congo.. never in our plans and.. yes, you get the picture.
Life is not a straight line. And it is full of surprises if you are open to change.
When pastor David Manafo invited me to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with him and the MB Mission team, Eva and I started to evaluate this possibility in terms of blessings, challenges, costs and the main reason: why.
Finally, we said yes, and our team is departing on February 19.
My "why" is to learn. And that learning process comes with more questions that I hope to get an answer to:
- do we have a possibility to play a role in the future of that country?
- what are the proper expectations about this trip?
- what can I learn from the Congolese leaders who are walking through the joy, challenges, poverty and suffering of their communities?
I'm thankful of having the opportunity of walking alongside the Congolese people for two weeks, learning from them.
Definitely, this will be a great experience that will change my life forever.
Would you walk with me?