Like, why were there no prophets from Africa? Why are people so weak in the faith sometimes? And questions about my ideas for strengthening the Church here. On of the few of the topics I do have some things to say. But I am intimidated! Who am I to tell these men–older, wiser, and who are surely stronger in the faith than I about what to do about certain things?
Thankfully they were gentle and didn’t push me on certain topics. It certainly left me with a lot to think about. Their impression to some degree is that foreigners seem to help Muslims here more than the Christians. They also wanted to know why superpowers like the US and UK aren’t stepping in and making the government stop all of destruction, especially in the areas their families are from. I told them they are trying and putting pressure on. They said we need to do more. I do agree that something needs to be done…but there are people trying to do things. It’s just not that easy. I don’t know how to say these things.
On a rough day I maybe would have left that conversation feeling somewhat defeated, wondering what I was doing here trying to help when I know so little myself. But instead I left feeling encouraged. My Arabic has come a long way and to even be in a conversation like that is an accomplishment. I can see progress I’ve made in some areas. I do need to still work on confidence in my opinions and sharing certain things eloquently (I’m much better with the written word than the spoken). But progress is progress, and I’m thankful for that.
Read somewhere recently that we are all teachers and we are all students. I like that.