Meeting new people provides challenges when we encounter differing viewpoints.
Two weeks ago my husband and I took a vacation trip along America’s northwest coast. While we waited for our tour bus to arrive, I got acquainted with my fellow travelers. One couple had recently returned from a trip to Tanzania. They regaled us with stories of the wildlife they viewed from the safari tour’s land cruiser.
Another traveler spoke of his life in Congo during the upheaval of the 1960s. The talk turned to a discussion of Africa’s current political climate and poverty. The man declared, “Only Africa can solve Africa’s problems!”
“That’s an interesting perspective,” I said. I mentioned I blogged for this ministry to Congo. I summarized Fred and Dale’s Congo Trip 2015. Feeling pleased about the success with the rainwater collection system, I told them it also provided a small business opportunity for the Congolese men who were part of Fred’s team.
The man cut me off. “Humph! That won’t help. That’s not enough water.”
His tone softened when he allowed me to explain the size of the rainwater collection tanks.
After further discussion I asked him, “So you think we’re wasting our time trying to help the Congolese. Should we just give up?”
He shrugged. “No. You should keep trying.”
The tour bus arrived and our conversation ended, but his judgment still hung in the air: “Only Africa can solve Africa’s problems.”
What do you think? I’d like to hear your opinions about this.