Today I bought a pair of pants and a jumper from a beautiful woman manning (yes man-nig) her stall at Aardklop.
her name is Christina.
I suppose, like many others, she depends on the sales of her wares for a living, and festivals and markets like these provide a platform for her to do so.
Our conversation was casual.
“Sjo, it’s cold today!”
“Yes! But yesterday was colder! See? I even brought my blanket!”
“Yes. It is much colder here than in Zambia,”
“Ah! You’re from Zambia?”
“Yes. I work there.”
“I’m from Zimbabwe.”
“I don’t know many Zimbabweans. Are you Shona?”
“Yes, I am.”
“I’m trying to learn Tonga, and I think I only know one Shona word, because I get them mixed up.”
And then, we really got into it.
This beautiful woman told me that she did not mourn Mugabe, because he ruined her country.
“I’m here, trying to make a living, so I can send money to my family, but I should be there — in my home country– making a difference.”
My heart breaks for her.
My heart breaks for my beautiful country, and so many other African nations, that are torn apart by xenophobia, war, racism — a list a mile long!
My heart breaks for the nations, because despite the many challenges we might face there is only one Answer, and His Name is the Name above every other name.
His Kingdom is not one that brings division or the sword or famine.
His Kingdom is not just an ideal or an idea — there’s no political agenda.
There’s no pretence to this King who became a Man, a carpenter who bore a cross, so that His people might be reconciled to Him.
This is the Good News!
This is the Good News for Christina — the Good News for all men from every tribe, from every nation, for all tongues and for all time!
This is the Kingdom that will not pass away!
Nations of Africa — I cry out for you! This is the inheritance I contend for! You will not be lost without hearing this News! You are not forgotten!
Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty. [Jer. 9:23, 24; Rev. 21:23.] Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. The least one shall become a thousand [a clan], and the small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.
Isaiah 60:18-22 AMPC