The single most important thing that you can give anyone is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without this message you can gain the whole world and still lose your soul. It became so obvious to me while in Katima Mulilo that this message I had heard so many times was so accurate. The people in the village where we stayed were as happy as anyone could expect them to be, however they all carried the burden of poverty and for most of them it is something they’ll never have the opportunity to get out of. I met men who confided to me their feelings of worthlessness and failure for not being able to provide for their families. I talked with people who believed their lives were cursed because of the color of their skin. I met people living feeling depressed and defeated because they fully believed that there was no way to better their lives. The need for the heart changing, life giving, soul feeding, thirst quenching, complete Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can pick someone up out of these mindsets and lead them down a path towards freedom from the burden of these thoughts and feelings. Even if they never make it out of their Earthly poverty they CAN get out of their spiritual poverty. The Gospel makes it possible for someone to live a fulfilling, purposeful life even in the midst of great poverty.
My greatest opportunity during my stay in Katima Mulilo was getting to know the wonderful people that made up those villages and to share the Gospel from my heart and learn a little about theirs. Our time spent working on the fence brought an opportunity to bond with the men in a special way and also taught them some new skills. I sang songs with the children in the SSP Kindergarten and gave them some lollipops and a soccer ball and that was more than enough to win over their hearts. I took photos and videos and shared them with the world and hopefully inspired some more people to want to join me next year. Everyday I look forward to another opportunity to go back and do it all again.