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Two Worlds Colliding


Since returning home from Zambia, it's a challenge to keep Serenje "alive" and part of my world back here in Bracknell. In many ways our worlds are so different and yet in many ways they are the same. The space between us is so huge, and yet at the same time we are so near each other.The reality is that if I was sitting on a plane at Heathrow right now, I could be in Zambia, and even in rural Serenje before nightfall today.
There's a saying that, after a trip to Africa you are "ruined for the ordinary" and that's not necessarily a negative thing, but I know that it is something that carries a responsibility. It has to make a difference!
Having been to Zambia, seeing what we saw and knowing what we know. Realising and remembering that that "parallel life" is going on at the same time, alongside my life back here. All those things influence the many small daily decisions I make about how I spend my time, resources, money and love.
So I'm promising to "leak" Serenje wherever I go. I'm also using my photos as a visual reminder. Another deliberate action is to use some Zambian artefacts here in Bracknell. So my "wrapper"(the length of cotton fabric that we tied around our waist and that covered our skirts - essential for modesty and for protection from dusty surfaces!) has been used this weekend as a picnic rug and as a tablecloth! The visual impact of using that patterened fabric jolts me - it reminds me of the people in Serenje - it's a deliberate collision of our two worlds.

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Anonymous said…
Thank you Catrina for sharing your heart so openly with us. As a 'city girl', Africa has never been on my list of holiday destinations, but as I read about your experiences I feel my heart being tugged in that direction. I can actually feel your passion through your blog! My prayer for you is that you are able to keep hold of this feeling, this desire to keep alive in yourself what you experienced there. Keep sharing and keep caring - we will benefit from it as well.
Geri xx
irene m said…
Catrina....it is so obvious you have been "ruined" and it is in this dimension that God works out his purposes....and part of that is to leak the vision wherever you are and by whatever means available.

I love the picture of the "wrapper" pattern and using it as a picnic blanket and tablecloth will serve to remind us all of Serenje....ad act as a prayer prompt.

I feel that I know more and feel more about Serenje as a result of your leakage .!!

Keep posting and blogging about it.

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