In May 2017 Ziba Mbense, Cam Chaplin, Pam Wilkinson, Callan Smith, Langa Hlongwane, myself, Precious Bikitsha and some others started meeting on Sundays in Langa Township – Cape Town. Our goal? to really get to know people, share the gospel of Jesus and build a diverse community of people. Now, after 8 months doing this and with the ups and downs that have come with this adventure – this is what I have learnt.
1.) Real reconciliation can happen.
We have shared life, shared stories, cried together, laughed together, read the Bible together, eaten together and prayed together.
South Africa (like the rest of the world) is not fully reconciled (and wont be until King Jesus returns to make all things new). There are sadly many divides in our land. But real reconciliation can happen (if only for a moment) and I only tasted it.
Real reconciliation, I believe, happens when people from different backgrounds are able to share life together. To give and to take, to take and to give. To teach each other and grow together. This I have only slightly tasted in our community in Langa.
2.) Xhosa is an awesome language
I now find myself singing Xhosa songs in the shops, much to the surprise of Xhosa people who over hear me singing, “Igama lenkosi malibongwe…”
My Xhosa has grown in leaps and bounds since spending more time with Xhosa speaking people and wow, do I love the language. I am far from fluent, but have learnt more than I knew before. I learnt to greet children by saying, “molweni bantu” and to call the book of Psalms, while teaching the Bible, “Ndumisa.”