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Nahloi, Mozambique 2015

Posted by 3D-Outreach on 18 November 2015

In the past we have had groups from Hope and Healing Africa come through and do trips to Nahloi, Mozambique to assist at a local hospital. We love to see reoccurring mission teams who have become self-sustainable after we have walked a road with them. Here is a testimony from the perspective a ‘newby’ on the team. Please take some time to read and be challenged…IMG-20150605-WA000

“My name is Rebecca Rue, and I was a part of the Hope and Healing Africa (HHA) 2015 team in June. I was the team’s designated “gopher”, as in, I did whatever I was told to do. Such as cleaning the bathroom, fetching items and people, helping out with meal preparation, and washing scrubs that had a rainbow of body fluids on them from a long and painful birth. It’s difficult to elaborate on the specifics of what I did, so I won’t bore you with those details. But I will say that it was an amazing experience, no matter how gross it got.

I told my pastor that I was going to write a heart wrenching story that would bring everyone to tears. Although I probably won’t be able to do that, I’ll try my best to accurately explain what I’ve learned, even if I don’t think anyone could feel and learn what I have experienced from reading a small wall of text written by an undergraduate student.

Almost every day, children would walk by the hospital on their way home from school. They were usually shy, looking like a deer in the headlightsSoccer when I tried to say anything in Portuguese (really terrible Portuguese I have to admit). So I decided to bring out something that they understood better than any language: A soccer ball. They loved that soccer ball. They also loved to mimic whatever I said in English, to be chased around, and create games that didn’t need language to play. This is where I learned how alike these kids were to… Kids.

It’s not as if I thought of them as being less or more than anyone else, or as if I was extremely surprised by how they acted, it was simply that I’ve never thought about how real they were. Or how real any of these people were.

The closest comparison I can find, oddly enough, is super stars. Those who live in third world countries and those who are in movies, TV shows, etc. are known primarily through a source of media. Because of this, we are told exactly what that source of media wants us to know. They exist in our mind as something that you know exist, but they exist more as a concept than human beings (Miley Cyrus is much more entertaining when we forget that she has complex thoughts and emotions).

Those who live in poverty are similar, we don’t know those people, we just know to “donate now or these people will continue to suffer!”. And that is what these children were to me, an abstract concept of eternal suffering. I never consciously thought of them as a simple dimensionless concept, but that is how I felt. But since I had the chance to meet them, see their humanity first hand, I had the chance to experience them as humans instead of just a reason to stop a problem.

PrepIf I were to pick the one aspect of this trip that changed a part of me, it would be how playing with giggling, goofy kids that have way too much energy showed me how a “third world country” is not really as distant as I was told all my life. I’ve always understood that these people existed, but it wasn’t until now that I felt and experienced their reality. Their problems and issues became more urgent, not because they will cease to exist without us, but because they are simply people that need medical attention.

This is how fifty children laughing at the funny way I talked changed my perspective: they made me realize they were people. So I suppose I did tell a sad story, a sad story of rich, white ignorance… “

 

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