I was asked by Mocha Club to write about the concept of why ‘I need Africa more than Africa needs me.’ Mocha Club [www.mochaclub.org] is a community-based website where members can start a team and invite friends to join them in giving $7 a month – the cost of 2 mochas – to support a project in Africa. Mocha Club’s vision is to provide a way for people who don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars to make a difference in Africa. I came to Mocha Club through a few good friends at my church, Midtown Christian Fellowhip, named Marisa Van Houten and Gabriel Kelley. Mocha Club is just a fantastic way that I can help other people without even leaving Nashville! I love it.
Africa is an amazing place. The most striking thing to me is the amazing beauty it has in it’s simplicity. These people know how to love. They know the importance of family, of creating better lives for their children, and the significance that friendships and community play in their lives. There isn’t the horrible engulfing focus on material things that Americans so intimately understand. Extravagence isn’t a known concept there. I have many many close friends and family that have traveled to Africa, from Uganda to Ghana, and there is not a single one that hasn’t been touched, moved, and wholly changed by these people. They all can’t wait to get back. It is an amazing thing to witness. I only hope that one day I too can travel to Africa and experience this kind of love for myself. I often feel it is something God is calling me to do. There is so much I can learn from the African culture, I would be blessed at the opportunity. Africa is not a place to be pitied, it is a place that can show us how much more we need to do in our own lives, a place that can teach us what is truly important.
Please, I encourage anyone else to share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. Join in the worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership. Come back Dec 1st to see what Mocha Club is doing about reforming that image.
Love to all and happy Thanksgiving!!
-Libby Marshall, Buyer’s Agent – The Perry Property Group