Mission


This series of pictures occurred on days 23 through 25 of our adventure.   During these days we loaded ourselves onto a small bus in Manzini, Swaziland and traveled approximately 45 minutes to a modest mission building near Kwalusini, Swaziland.

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Along the way, the topographical features of a region appeared very similar to northern Georgia and Alabama, along with southern and central Tennessee.  Swaziland does not have the moisture content of that part of the U.S., but it is far from being a desert climate.

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Open range is the law in Swaziland and cattle that appeared very healthy were being tended to, (sometimes), by shoeless boys with switches.   Very few crops, other than a few household gardens, were observed.

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At the mission center, located near the foot of a long-running series of ridges, we observed the daily feeding of the area youth.  Approximately 100 children were fed daily, with their ages being from 4 to 14.

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This entire experience was deeply humbling and emotional.

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This community volunteer should be recognized as a Saint.   She was very faithful, incredibly full of humility, and possessed a never lose hope attitude … one of my favorite people I met in Africa.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 2.56.41 PMOne day I gave her a “Mpowerd” inflatable solar lantern.   The next day she told me she read the Bible to her young daughter the previous night by the lantern.

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Part of the mission was also just to spend time with the youth … lots of smiles ensued.

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Seeing the “Hope” boxes from Cincinnati struck a nerve.   I am still struggling with the localized wasted opportunities in Swaziland.   The country has rich, fertile land.  Couple that with unopened boxes from back home, the predominancy of the adolescent male youth to be on western internet sites, and the promulgating of polygamy … well it was a lot to take in.

Starvation and hunger in Swaziland has little to do with a lack of food or ability to grow food.   Starvation and hunger in Swaziland have to do with political and economic institutions built to serve those other than the local population.    Knowing Cincinnati well, fighting poverty and famine with planeloads of food from Ohio seemed silly, with the real “hope” needing to be credible political, societal and legal institutions.   The IMF authors on building economies should narrow their theories.  As Leonardo da Vinci pointed out – “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

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Moving on, the little girl below was given a picture of herself taken the day before with Hannah.   She was fascinated with the physical picture.

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My country song as inspired by Hannah and the mission trip.

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These people from across the world

Come to cloth us and give us food

They talk of books and work

Do they really have it that good?

Why?

Why?  Why?

The question of a young son,

As he looked up to his mother,

Should our home be poor

And our lives so much tougher?

Why?

Why?  Why?

These people from across the world

Come to cloth us and give us food

They talk of wealth and happy “ness”

Do they really have it that good?

Why?

Why?  Why?

Does the world really care

If I am good or bad

Can anyone really matter

If I am happy or sad?

Why?

Why?  Why?

Can I go to other places

And learn to make something count

Should I stay here with you

And let our losses mount?

Why?

Why?  Why?

On another note, click on the picture below to read how at least some priorities are in order in Swaziland:

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