This is my last night here in South Africa. Tomorrow, I begin my long trip back home that will take me from Africa to Europe and finally to Home, Sweet, Home.
My “research and relationship building” portion of the trip is now officially over and we’re chillin’ for two days in Capetown, South Africa – a city often regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. These folks aren’t lying. It’s truly a beautiful city. Breathtaking…
But as you might expect, I’m having a hard time juxtaposing the extreme poverty I saw and heard in an area of South Africa called Kwazulu Natal with the opulence of an area of Capetown we visited where Hollywood stars like Leonardo Dicaprio have their vacation homes. [Pictures below...]
Obviously, it’s not just the stars. It’s really me as well. I know I don’t need to sell everything I have but I hope that you would join me in examining what we can do to help the poorest of the poor – in your own town, city, or in a distant country. The vision of our global poverty initiative is VERY SIMPLE but I really do believe it can help make a difference in the lives of thousands if not millions. No handouts here but connecting with NGOs and Commnity Based Organizations [CBOs] that understand their context and culture to challenge and equip people to uplift themselves out of poverty. Clearly, we are the not the first and thankfully, not the last, but we’re excited to join the fight… We’re not yet ready to reveal the name of our organizatio but once we do, we hope all of you can join the cause. We will not ask folks to do anything we’re not willing to do which is why we’ve committed our year’s salary to the fight.
I need some time to process stuff but I’m thankful for the privilege of being invited to the homes of many. Not everything I saw was pleasant. In fact, I don’t even know if folks I spoke to last week are alive now as I write this blog entry. Crazy.
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I have felt support from many. And thanks to the anonymous benefactor in New York. I still don’t know who you are but I am thankful for your generosity and vision.