In that moment, when most people would look away, something snapped in me. My mind finally caught up with my body and a feeling of settledness came over me. As I drove past the burnt veld and the winter landscape, past the street hawkers and newspaper sellers, reassurance washed over me and I made this commitment:
Republic of South Africa, I am making my home with you. I will not turn my eye from your pain and suffering or from your brokenness. I will listen to you. I will reach out and touch you. I will love you. I will journey with you as I follow Jesus and try to understand how His love and redemption make all the difference in the world. I will share my life with you and one day I shall die as one of you. Sawubona, iNingizimu Afrika. I see you.