Jean Evans is a Sister of Mercy from California. She ministered for 28 years in South Africa, where she worked in Johannesburg with victims of the apartheid regime — teaching and administering three vocational centers, and teaching high school in Soweto. Back in the U.S., she is currently doing substitute teaching, spiritual direction and grant writing.
When I applied to be a substitute English teacher for the last 10 weeks of this school year, I had no idea I'd be the one getting educated, as the COVID-19 lockdown came unbidden in my first week of teaching.
Arriving as a volunteer in South Africa in 1984, I encountered a new place, unfamiliar faces, and the mystery of two communities living the founders' dreams miles and years into the future.
You can understand a lot about a particular group of people by getting to know their proverbs. From my time in South Africa, I remember one saying in particular that shines a light on African culture.