Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Leaving The Corners
This morning, I noticed a technicolor bruise on my hip that I got from catching a corner of a desk yesterday at work. I was thinking how the corners were sharp and should be rounded off to ease my way through the store. It reminded me of something I heard in a crowded four runner en route to a border community in Zambia.While I was in Zambia, I was fortunate enough to spend time with Lynn Chotowetz and George Snyman as they arrived in Zambia from a trip to the DRC. (Democratic Republic of Congo) These two men are extraordinary in their abilities to convey the urgency of the work that they have undertaken as leaders of Hands at Work. Their stories are amazing and inspiring because they allow themselves to be put in positions of the extreme and the extraordinary as they seek ways to serve the very poorest communities. Spending a few hours in a vehicle with Lynn and George is to be privvy to the stories that pour out of them as they recount what to them have become very typical experiences. I'm always surprised though at the depth of emotion and empathy that these men feel after years of serving in these capacities. I often wonder if you could become numb or jaded to the vast needs and deep hurts that these communities continue to experience. I haven't seen a sign of numbness or jadedness in either of these men.