Review: London, May 2011
In that week of scattering seed, there were four memorable conversations:
- Justin is a young physics major. Being an attractive and engaging young man, he could easily be found with a group around him. There were several members of our team who had conversations and continued contact with him. Creating relationships happens at a much slower pace than what we may have experienced elsewhere.
- Elizabeth is an American student, writing her thesis on “Romanticism and Melancholy”. With her heritage and her time in London, it was not readily apparent that she was American. Her student visa of five years would be invalid upon completion of her schooling. Would she leave the friends, the relationships and the life she had begun in London at that time to return to America? If she continued in London, on what grounds would she gain visa clearance? She had no answers, no direction and no solutions for the dilemmas she faced in her future.
- The time spent with the young lady in the wheelchair was cut short when the taxi came to fetch her. Her mobility was limited by the effects of cerebral palsy yet her intelligence and drive exceeded most “normal” people. We had just begun a discussion of what it is like to live with a handicap in a country that is not so readily handicap accessible.
- The young and beautiful Romanian lady occupied the seat beside me during the ten-hour flight from London. She had acquired her American citizenship after meeting an American tourist in Romania who would later become her husband. We had a long and vulnerable exchange on the joys, trials and sacrifices of having family scattered across two countries.
I do not know and may never learn the impact those conversations had on those people, but this is what I did learn from our ten days in London. In a real and personal way, I experienced what it is like to stumble over a crack in the pavement but it wasn’t spiritual seed that was scattered. In a real and personal way, I experienced what it was like to be picked up by someone who is bigger, stronger and more capable than I am.
- On Mission, May 2011 (debbie915631.wordpress.com)