South Africa: Connecting Pain

Possible_with_joys_second_post_2 Joy Gaska, Guest Author

A question I struggled with last night was: "How has your pain connected with the pain you have witnessed". As I reflect on that question what I struggle with is the world that I was born into. My sisters in Chirst live and are suffering under circumstances I will never have to survive. HIV/AIDS is killing off my generation. I was born into a world in which I never missed a meal, was taught to stand up for myself, to say "no" when appropriate, to follow my dreams, to have choices, to have an education, to take a self defense class in high school for credit and the list can go on. I am pained by the contrast of our lives and struggling how now, to live in my reality.

Read more of Joy’s reflections on the trip.

Photo of Hendrix Mwenelupembe and Joy Gaska by Janet Guyer.

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