Can't really explain it any other way. The kids at Mganduzweni were SO shy the past few months. We have had limited hands on interaction with them(just dropping off food and greeting the bomake(women)), and their general experiences with "white" people was quite obvious. They were uncertain and timid.
There is a big gap here of "black and white", and it has not always been about everyone co-existing and loving each other(both ways). We have experienced it to a smaller degree. The people we serve assume we will be like those from their previous experiences, (aren't we all guilty of that from time to time- even with somethings like going to church).
BUT-it all comes down to relationship. We started to get down on our knees, literally and figuratively (praying for and playing with kids) and now.. OH NOW it is so much different. They come running and shout for their friends to come. Wanting to tell us all about life (in siswati) and ready to play. Just to be loved and hugged.
From a high five raised hand that made them flinch(they were used to being beaten) to arms wide open ready to receive them and the courage it took for them to overcome.
Isn't that just like the Lord? No matter what we have done or what we deserve- HE is there to Love us. And He is letting us get a glimpse of what that is like with others.