"I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look only at the individual. I can only love one person at a time. Just one, one, one. I picked up one person-maybe if I didn't pick up that one person I wouldn't have picked up the others. The whole work is only a drop in the ocean. But if we don't put the drop in, the ocean would be one drop less. Same thing for you. Same thing in your family. Same thing in the church where you go. Just begin...one, one, one." -Mother Teresa-
Yesterday we finished our African expedition with Mothers Without Borders. For the next week I will be a tourist in Livingstone and then traveling home. I can't believe the time here has already come to an end but am so very excited to see my sweet family again. I hope that as I have spent time with the Zambians that I have helped just one person. I have often felt overwhelmed by the masses. There is so much suffering in this country. But if I have helped, or cheered just one person, it will have been worth my time here. I hope as I return home that I will continue to help one person at a time.
As I prepare to leave I question how these people will make it. How do they continue to live each day in their circumstances. And then I remember that there is One who can care for the masses. In so many ways these people have so much more than I ever will. I almost envy them for their faith. One dear woman I have met talked about going to bed starving every night. The food was rationed between the 15 people living in one room home. Many days she went without. As she shared this experience she talked of how God filled her up on those nights. He helped her make it through the night and she was able to feel Him near her and was grateful for those times. If nothing else, I have seen that God does take care of His children. So I will continue to care for one person at a time and trust that God will take care of the rest.
When I return home (and have a computer that actually works!) I will share more of the experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned. I love these people and am so glad they let me into their lives. I will always remember them.