Almost three weeks after the journey of a Nomadelfia representative to Tanzania, it is important to take stock of the situation, remembering curiosities and fears before departure and the enthusiasm for returning to each other just ended.
Two words could be chosen: fullness and serenity. In fact, these two words completely say what has been deposited within us as a basic conviction, and both manage to compose together the many positive and on the contrary problematic aspects that lie ahead. If difficulties and doubts remain with all their concrete realism, however, we know well that the fullness of life that we already live in our daily lives - for example that of community life day by day in Nomadelfia - is precisely such because we have learned to live with knots not still loose, typical of those who choose to live together by sharing everything: like this life is truly full where we are aware and happy with the gifts of God already operating in our relationships, without hiding the obstacles that our fragile humanity places before us, with punctuality that does not, however, disarm us.
A life not only full from the point of view of our humanity, but at the same time serene, of those who draw from faith a good and mild force with which to face the critical issues that will always accompany our communion, both in Tuscany and in Tanzania.
Thus the welcome of the monks and the African people, which we have already underlined in the first stories of our journey, after some time appears as the first solid guarantee to continue on this adventure of grace: we have been well received and we do not doubt that we still will be in the future, because this is a trait that is evident in this apparently distant land, yet so close for a community like ours that lives in hospitality a qualifying trait of its vocation.
Sobriety - another aspect of our life, a concept dear to us and which we decline in our western way as renouncing the superfluous - here is the choice to live with dignity a poverty that has not embraced itself by vocation, but which has surrounded this strip of land since time immemorial, which is the poorest in all of Tanzania: a strong invitation for Nomadelfia to take the personal and community choice of essentiality more fully and with more serenity.
Will the language be a struggle? It will certainly ask for a serious commitment, but it comforts us to know that the first expression at the base of their language does not require any effort: it is the their constant and natural smile with which every communication begins. We saw it in the monks every morning, every lunch, every working hour in the fields; we have seen it in pupils of all ages; we saw it in the poor villagers. It is not only a simple and truly immediate way of communicating, but above all a precious tool to implement that reciprocity that Don Zeno has often indicated to us as a necessary condition for establishing a real people: we also willingly respond to theirs with our smiles, a sign that this fullness and serenity to be experienced in a future concrete project for the opening of a family group in Tanzania is already finding a language shared and thank God the good life of Nomadelfia sees us ready to revive.