by Julie Mitchiner, Greenheart Travel Volunteer in South Africa
Today I went with several girls to the local Chintsa East church in the township. And by church I mean a small hut with plastic chairs and a desk as the alter. Brother Rubin and everyone were very warm and welcoming – they gave up their seats for us, shared their bibles and completely embraced us. The enthusiasm with which they conduct their services, and just general enthusiasm for God and Jesus is like none I’ve ever seen. Loud and active song, dance, praying out loud (screaming, with some crying), and an endless amount of “Amens!”
It’s refreshing to witness people so freely expressing themselves and their worship. It’s also a wonderful glimpse into such a warm and loving culture. I don’t think any kind of touristy experience in Chintsa East can top being this close and personal to the local community and really understanding this great part of South Africa.