My mind goes back to December 17, Lilongwe, Malawi. I ran into Anesa, the wife of Prof. de Gruchy's former student Kelvin Kalonga. She asked me what I'm up to nowadays and I told her I'm a student at the University of KwaZulu Natal, studying Theology and Development. Her face lit up, 'Ah, you are with Steve de Gruchy!' I had to ask her if she'd met him in person; to which she responded that no, she had never met him but he'd made such an impression on her husband that it felt like she knew him herself. Anesa and Kelvin have a daughter, Shalom. I asked if that name came from Prof. Steve's lectures on themes of liberation. 'Yes!' she said. Obviously. Everyone who knew Steve de Gruchy had a story, a good story about him.
I myself was selfish. While others learned from this gifted professor and sat under his pastoral counsel, I employed my strategy of 'avoiding to be a groupie'. Only now do I realise that no one was a groupie, a wise person naturally attracts friends, students and followers to himself. That was his gift; intelligence, wisdom, faith and humility. A rare combination. I hope to grasp at those principles and display of character that I managed to glimpse at from afar, after all, I'm lucky to have glimpsed at all. Ironically, my assignment that was supposed to be due this week was to read one of his discourses on a case study.
Love and Peace to his family. Grace to the program he developed here and comfort to the ecumenical fellowship everywhere mourning his loss.
(Prof. Steve de Gruchy passed on in a tubing accident on the Mooi river, in the province of KwaZulu Natal in the week of 21-26 April, 2010). May his soul rest in peace.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I'm happy the heat wave is here. 30+ degrees celcius is no fun but if you get free chocolates because they melted........there's always a freezer!!!! Yeah, I'll have the heat if it means free (melted) chocolates. and it's good to confirm it, there ARE Ice Cream trucks here. I heard the music a while ago and wasn't sure, didn't want to be too optimistic. But, saw one yesterday with my own two eyes, dare I say the Ice Cream Man even looked Italian. Too bad I live on the highway, the Ice Cream man don't come dis way.........at least I get free melted chocolates........:-) Happy Days!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Eh, I gave my word that I would shut up about this business of carrying off Black babies from Africa to America. For whatever 'it's good for the child' reason. So I think I'm keeping my promise by talking about the Caribbean Islands.
Eish, I'm thrice affected, I'm a Baptist, a former resident of Boise, Idaho and a former Black child (I'm a Black woman now, ahem). So it hits me hard that Baptist missionaries from that area don't know from a book; since when don't people not know how to read, Eh? IT IS NOT ONLY AMERICA THAT HAS LAWS SO FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, IF YOU WANT YOUR VERY OWN LITTLE CUTE BLACK CHILD WHOSE FUTURE YOU CAN FIX; REMEMBER, FOLLOW THE LAWS! UNLESS OF COURSE, YOU ARE A CELEBRITY, SOME GIVE CELEBRITIES THE BABIES FOR FREE.
So, it seems the journey continues, every which way, Blacks must continue be taken to the West it seems.......sigh!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
There comes a time in life when one has to realise one can't keep apologising for everything. This time, that one is yours truly. So get this, whatever it is IT'S
NOT MY FAULT.
Now, on to a serious note, would someone stop blowing their own horn and just HELP THE PEOPLE!..... scratch that, it's plain and clear whose motive is what in Haiti. Ever heard of, never mind. Pitiable people cashing in on the plight of others.