For most orphaned African children, angels are very real people. They experience brief encounters with them- people who come in and out of their orphanages, their squatter camps and their lives -- and for very fleeting moments they stay.
That mix of nervous anticipation and unbridled excitement reminded me of freshman orientation, but for the hundreds of students aboard the MV Explorer this semester, they are experiencing a cultural baptism by sea.
I am in Nairobi for seven weeks to do creative work with young women who are refugees. But that's all I know; of paramount importance to this work is a willingness not to define it too clearly going in.