When I see inspirational women, I do nothing but admire them. Notably, are women in Gitega from the Mugutu Community. They work so hard, adopting Christ-like virtues to feed the least, the last, the lost.
We first met them last week. It was humbling hearing them sing welcoming songs, hearing their stories of living in abject poverty, unable to complete their meals. However, they share their appreciation to the Diocese and to God for helping them so far that they can now cultivate, use their crop to feed their children and sell, use the money to pay for education! Amazing. They face challenges too, including balancing their goals with their husbands’ expectations. They are full of abundant joy in the midst of little! They really live out with bible passage: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV).
I would like to draw some comparisons with the UK. We have a social system which support us. These people don’t. They can choose to make their children money making tools so that there is a meal in the evening, but they have decided to take it on themselves to advance their children in education despite the challenges. They have decided to do something with their lives even though the ‘men’ may not be around to support all the time. They have God has their ‘more than everything’. They truly apply every Biblical principal in simplicity. Yes, in the multitude of little, they have one common wealth: love. They challenged me on what motherhood is really about. Once you have a child, you live for that child. These women feed their children and go without food! They are blessing their future. Their children can really call them blessed.
They work. They pray. They laugh. They dance. They support. They cherish. They believe. They hope.
One particular girl stood out to me. She is like a pinnacle in the community. She is living her life for her siblings as her parents are passed. She cooks, cleans and is responsible for their welfare since she was deemed ‘too young’. She took on the task effortlessly to the point, you would think she has a support system. She is still young. I wonder, she has worked so hard, possibly without the advancement of education her peers have gone through or she would have liked, would guys be interested in her as she bears a big responsibility? Well, I have a message for her. “God has blessed you girl!! You are a gem, and your future is bright. You will be an inspiration for many generations. One day, you will be able to build your village and all the women will call you blessed.”
This Friday gone, we visited them and got involved in making soya milk for their children from soya beans! They made the milk overnight to feed the children in the morning, including soaking the beans, sifting, pounding, cooking, straining. I will post the recipe later in Food Diary Week 2.