I went with Marlin this morning to deliver the food parcels for the widows at "Nyongonga" (our church) and on the way home we swung into Nakumatt for groceries. Nakumatt is a large, very modern grocery store just minutes from the compound. So i'm walking down the aisle, and a young woman jumps out and stops me. When i looked at her a second time i remembered her from before when i shopped there. She stands in the toilet paper aisle, recommending a certain brand.
She tells me that she has been looking for me and i never come and now finally......she has a request. She thinks my white head veiling is beautiful and she would like if i could bring her one the next time i shop. I was so flabbergasted I was practically speechless. I know, a very unusual feeling. It is very common for the native women to wrap their heads in beautiful head scarves but i can't say i have ever thought a plain white one would be considered beautiful outside of someone who has a personal conviction to wear one. So i stand there, scrambling for something to say. This is the same sweet young lady who asked me the last time if i'm a "sister." Meaning catholic nun, who wear a very similar head veiling to the mennonites, just a whole lot larger. The catholic nuns also wear a style dress that is very similar to the traditional cape dress so it's understandable that she would wonder if i'm a nun. But then she went on to tell me that she thought i was a nun until she saw my children and she wondered if i was a naughty nun. I burst out laughing and assured her that i was neither naughty or a nun.
I don't remember what i exactly said but told her i'd be back and have been pondering since. The last thing she needs is a white head covering, she needs Jesus! Yes, i believe in a christian woman covering her head but..... in talking it over with Marlin i think he hit the nail on the head. Don't take a veil but take Jesus to her. Ask her if she knows what it symbolizes and take the conversation from there. It would be so much easier to take her a veil, after all it's only a piece of material, and then walk away, but i have this sense that God could use this to kick open a door to her heart. So pray for me, please? I don't want to present "religion" but a relationship with God Himself, but how i do that in an aisle of toilet paper will take Holy Spirit wisdom.