Shoot like a Girl | Welcoming (#31days)


Day 6: Bungoma County, Kenya.

“How tall are you?” I asked the man who seemed to reach to the sky. “I believe I am five feet, yes,” he responded. I drew in close to him and looked up. “I believe you are a kind giant. And I will call you my Abe Lincoln.”

I sat on the simple blue chair in his mud hut and we talked about life as a widower with six children. Clothes hung outside on a line – clothes that would become bedding for his family. He was proud of the tin kettle that helped transport water for cooking, and he smiled as he showed off his kitchen hut. Woven twigs served as shelving there – his own design. His perpetual smile was refreshment on a stifling September day.

“You came to visit me in my home. Today you have become my sister. We are family.”

I thought about those words – and how something so simple as welcoming can be so transformative. “Yes, my Abe Lincoln. We are family.”

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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems."   Ronne is represented by Karen Neumair at Credo Communications.

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