I have been debating with myself and trying to find a response to my own reaction to the Sudan. My debate has been arguably influenced by the bits and pieces I hear about sanctions and banning Muslims from entering the US.
The question for me is how do I explain to people that people here are different in custom but very normal as human beings? There is no reason to put walls up around people. In fact we need to overcome the natural barriers to finding God’s love that binds us together. Language, religious custom, conflict, even weather seperate our understanding that people are people.
I have riden my bike from Cairo to the Sudan boarder with Ethiopia. I have seen the farmers and been invited into their homes. I have shared Tea and conversation. I have hugged the littlest and the oldest of a tribe. I have heard the prayer from the mosque and believe it or not I have seen Coptic Christians living side by side.
What I discovered. The geography , history, and climate are different than what I am accustomed to. This is a game changer in how things are done. The people are agricultural for the most part which makes it feel more like rural Minnesota than Minneapolis.
The Farm Family knows their community. One is not anonymous in these places. The stranger is greeted with hospitality and in return provides some diversion from the daily routines. Children and life are valued without hesitation while the elders are listened to and respected.
Yes, they protect their way of life. These ways have been established many many years ago and work. For example the round homes they build are comfortable and provide cool refuge from the hot sun. A home designed in Minnesota would be destroyed by the heat and sun while offering no long term security.
The mosque dots the country side like small town churches. The steeples, except for the cross And creasent moon serve as a plessent sign that there are villages up ahead.
The children Cheer us on with frases They learn. Like “what’s your name”. “I Love you” And so on. I learned that many think we are crazy and Chinese. Because in the Sudan the Chinese have been here building roads and power transmission lines. They don’t see many Americans and far fewer on a bicycle.
Bottom line – There are so many reasons to love the Sudan people. The world press ishould get off their computers, get on a bicycle and meet them and only then should they formulate a story
Pray for peace and protect yourself from anxiety. We must find love and not fear.
God bless this wonderful world we live in