In 10 seconds name as many continental bodies of water as you can that are in Africa…Go!
Honestly it’s not a challenge I rise very well to meet. Now that I’ve visited Lake Kivu, though, I can add another one whose beauty I appreciated first hand. Every morning I rose early (about the birds that made me do it), and found my way to the porch to write while looking over Lake Kivu.
The most famous of the African Great Lakes is Victoria, and several people I’ve met asked if I visited Lake Tanganyika when I mention the Rwandan border. Every place around here seems to have connections to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide including this lake, known as a dumping ground for many victims. This is history below the surface, hopefully as well sunken into the past as sediment into Kivu’s 1500+ feet depths.
Here in the heart of Africa is inspiration. When my day kicks off with breakfast, the busy schedule set for me by our mission’s Operations Director will over rule all else. For these early moments, redeemed time from sleep, I long for a kayak.
To skim across the glassy water by the strength of my own two arms.
To discover the shapes of creation in eddies along the shore and reflections of foreign skies and jungle mountains.
To soak the beauty in my skin, taste it in deep calming breaths, and remember the gifts of life and grace.
Kristin King is an author, publisher and co-founder of the nonprofit Future Hope Africa which is based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is from Kentucky (USA) and lives as an expat in Holland.