It’s Five Minute Friday time, where I gather with Kate and many other women to write freely, for five minutes only, all on a common prompt. Kate’s blog has all the details and the link up, but for now, it’s time to write.
Today’s prompt is: Gift.
When I lived in South Africa, I began to look for the little gifts that make a big differences. The pitter-patter of a light rainfall on the corrugated metal roof, the sun settling over the desert horizon, a smile from one of my Grade R learners, or a coherent conversation in Setswana with my host mother. These little things ended up being big gifts that fueled me. Blessings that encouraged me.
When you live in an impoverished rural village, the little gifts make a huge difference.
When you live without running water, your host brother bringing over a 25 liter jug of water from the communal village tap is undoubtedly a blessing. Your host mother seeing your panic stricken face, coming in to kill the tarantula that you can’t manage to beat to death. The American friend who traveled hours across the Kalahari to visit your village.
Most things were a huge struggle when I lived abroad. Getting groceries involved hitchhiking, walking through desert sand, fighting crowds, hours of travel on dusty dirt roads, and endless waiting in bush taxis. Simple things were compounded by cultural and linguistic difference, distance from town, and lack of transportation.
But the one thing that wasn’t a struggle was opening my eyes to the everyday blessings, the little gifts that grace each day. It came about almost naturally, and became a survival skill.
And now, back in the USA, it’s still a survival skill.
Because it connects me to the Creator who has blessed me beyond belief.
Here are the basic details:
Tickets for the whole retreat are $180.
This includes two nights of accommodation, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast. Cost of transportation and Saturday dinner are not included in the ticket price.
Tickets for Saturday only are $45. Day visitors are welcome from 9:30am-4pm on Saturday.
The day visit ticket includes a morning discussion, a special presentation, lunch, and an afternoon session.
There are 25 retreat tickets and 10 day visitor tickets available. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
** No refunds are available for cancellations. You may sell your own ticket to another person if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend.**
Registration information can be found here! And even better: here’s the schedule! It’s getting real, friends!