He answered in Swahili, “Have you seen my calves? My young son was herding them today and six are missing.” Seeing him suspiciously eye the animal we were roasting, I said, “No, we have not seen your calves. This is a gazelle we shot. Have you eaten?” “No,” he said quietly. “Come, sit and eat with us,” I said in an inviting way, emulating the marvelous, spontaneous hospitality of African people. With my hunting knife, I cut some roasted meat and handed it to him. I also sliced pieces for Brother Cyril and myself. As we began chewing, I noticed our guest just sitting there with the meat in his hands.
“Don’t you eat gazelle meat?” I asked. “Yes, we do.” “Why do you not eat then?” I asked, a little perplexed. His response caught me off guard. “Don’t you pray first?” Embarrassed, I admitted, “Yes, we pray. I forgot. Do you pray?” “No,” he said. “We don’t know how to pray.”
His answer never left my mind. I’ve always taken it as an invitation to go to teach the Watatulu how to pray.