Reflections on Day 3 of the JOURNEY

It’s been a powerful trip thus far, and we have seen many things that have caused deep reflection, pain, hope, and joy. Much like the United States, South Africa is a complicated nation with a complicated history. Reverend Maki said it best yesterday when he stated that being in another country helps one reflect better on one’s own country. Facing the pain of apartheid, and the false narrative of white supremacy in South Africa, can better help us face the same things back home in the United States.

safari entranceIn the midst of these conversations, we arrived today at the Aquila private game preserve where we went on our first of two safaris. In spite of all the complicated history, the awe of mother nature and creation was on full display today. Seeing what they call in South Africa “the big five” (Cape buffalo, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, and elephant) brought clarity to the reality that we are all on this planet together and we are all deeply connected to each other, to our environment, and to the Divine. These animals demonstrate the power and majesty of mother nature, and that our actions as humans have wide consequences on all the animal kingdom. We are striving to be present with each other and this beautiful country as we work through these meaningful conversations and seek to be a force for good.

Take a look at some of the sites from today’s safari:

Rev. Dr. Joshua M Noblitt is a 2018 graduate of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is one of the pastors at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta and has a private psychotherapy practice. He can be reached at

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