On being held

We continue to lift up Faith member Amy Mihelich who is serving in Rwanda. Thank you, Amy, for sharing your stories with our Faith community.

THE RWANDERER

FullSizeRender (37).jpg Thibaut greets me in the library (and then agrees to stage this photo)

I’ve always valued words above all other forms of communication. Living in Rwanda, however, has taught me that words are only one way to connect with others. Rwandans often speak quietly, and many times they will hold an entire conversation without facing one another. While they may not always hold eye-contact, they often physically hold one another.

I don’t think I ever realized how comforting it can be to receive a hug from someone who cares about me. The combination of my cultural context, living situation, and general social awkwardness means that sometimes I will go weeks without much more physical human contact than a handshake. You’d better believe that during the sharing of the peace at church on Sundays, I’m going in for the classic “hug and THEN a handshake” maneuver (emphasis on the hug).

Sometimes…

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