I get to lead these people on Outreach in 3 weeks! We have been spending this week planning and preparing more for our departure (including typhoid jabs, ouch!) I have so much anticipation for this outreach. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this group of world changers! We’ve been trying to come up with a team name and it seems we’ve all agreed on the term “Ubuntu”, a Southern African philosophy. What’s Ubuntu you ask? Well, it’s many things, but according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.