Monday, December 13, 2021

"A Normal Life" in Kalukembe

We met Artur Gadja via phone through a mutual friend, Dr. Matthew Chan in 2019.  Several months later, he graciously donated his talents and time to visit us in Kalukembe and document a week in our lives there. Here is the link:

This was done so good, I struggle with the feeling that sharing the film is self-promotion. But I hope you might see instead of THAT cynical interpretation, Artur was documenting us trying like others to make sense of what it means to love God and love our neighbor. We are so far from loving both perfectly; but I think that's the point--we are flawed people putting our faith in a perfect Person (Jesus) and Kalukembe is where our love and trust in Him has taken us. Out of that, we are learning so much about God and others and ourselves and have been present to testify to renewal and re-creation in our community and in our lives. Toil won't end until Jesus returns for a final restoration, when somehow the "world will be even more beautiful for once having been so sad" (Sally Lloyd-Jones).

Our hope is this sharing will be an encouragement to you as you consider where you are and who you can neighbor! So much to see, so much to learn as we do this together--why not begin where you are? CS Lewis wrote in Learning in Wartime, "If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure the search would never have begun. We are mistaken when we compare war with 'normal life'. Life has never been normal."

Thank you for your tremendous job, Artur!

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