Here are some of the things we see on the long trek to church each Sunday, and I thought you might be interested in seeing them as well:
The Rich Along the Highway
The Not So Rich Near Church
The, Ahem, "Recycling" Dump
The Wannabe Mansion
The Contradiction In Signs
Ok, so I admit that last one was a lie. That was actually a small game park we went to on Saturday for a friend's baby dedication. We live in the city, remember?
But, the rest of the pictures are what we look at on the way to church. There are other more run down homes, if you can imagine it, but I didn't get good photos of them. This is just one town out of hundreds in our area that are holdovers from apartheid.
The picture of the "not so rich" is actually what would be called a township. These are places that the Afrikaans people forced the blacks to move into during apartheid. No matter where they were from, or what houses they owned prior, they were all forced to move into these townships where they have nothing more than shacks. Concrete or bricks if they're "lucky" and if not, tin or aluminum. Pretty harsh.
So, when you pray for us, pray for race relations as well. Yes, apartheid is over, but the attitudes and feelings are as strong as ever. There is even talk that if Zuma is elected president, he will kick out all the white people and missionaries. Only God knows what is in store for us, but we pray it doesn't end up like Zimbabwe. Will you pray as well? Elections are next year.