Mama ada's dream
On a farm in Ziwa, Kenya.
Mama Ada has lived in Kenya all her life – many of those years on a farm in a community called Ziwa. On this farm she has raised nine children and tended her fields. Her home has been open to any and all – providing a place where people congregate, pray, sing, talk, eat and sleep – in a community of friendships, where paths literally connect homes. Many of Ada’s neighbors are children living in poverty. Ada has watched as her community has suffered – child after child orphaned by AIDS, young people without school tuition, farmers without seeds to plant, jobs few and far between. Witnessing these hardships has broken Ada’s heart but not her spirit. Driven by her powerful faith in God’s love for all people, she has opened her arms and embraced these children and community members, seeking to provide physical necessities as well as loving arms.
An object has “patina” through an oxidation process that yields greens and browns and blues on its surface, over time. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about patina - not in terms of pretty copper but more in terms of friendship.