“Are you saved?”

Posted: July 22, 2007 in Blog

Well am I?

I wasn’t prepared for such a deep question as I trekked along the red, dusty road back to the hostel. But as I walked, dodging matatus and boda-boda’s, two boys about 12 or 13 years old appeared beside me with big smiles on their faces.

“Hi mzungu!” they said. (“Mzungu” is swahili for “white person”)

“Hi guys,” I said.

“Are you saved?” the one wearing an over-sized basketball jersey, ball cap and huge gold chain said.

They both stared at me as we walked, waiting for an answer.

“Are you born-again?” the other asked.

Ahhh, so that’s what they mean.

“No, guys, I’m not.”

“That’s too bad,” the one with the basketball jersey said, adding that they were just returning from church. 

“Would you help us find a beautiful mzungu girl if we help you find a beautiful African girl?” the other then asked.

I couldn’t help but laugh.

“Not today guys. Remember, it’s Sunday. It wouldn’t be right.”

They both agreed and ran off.

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