Almost 10 years ago, I was attending a bible study with a group of women. All were older than me. All had been married. All had been divorced. Some had been married again, and even divorced again. These are the groups of women I always want to be in a bible study with. They’ve experienced […]Read more "When we think we know better"
Food is always an important part in learning about a new culture. Here, there are only two things I refuse to even try – canda (cow skin, think: pork rinds that are boiled, not fried) and fowl foot (chicken feet). Everything else has been tried and tested, and only a small number were not enjoyed […]Read more "Taste and See"
Songs have always been significant in my life. When I hear a song from years ago, it will trigger a memory of exactly where I was when that song was playing. There are some songs I can’t listen to because they’re too attached to a time in my life I don’t want to remember. When […]Read more "Those who wish to sing always find a song."
These 4 guys. 2 work for my organization full-time. 2 are with us as volunteers until they complete university. All 4 are closer than brothers. All 4 translate for our American teams, and to this day, they take turns translating for me until my Krio reaches 100% (I’m getting closer everyday!). All 4 love to […]Read more "The 4 Amigos (plus me)"
I’m coming up on 9 months of living in Sierra Leone, and this morning I realized how different my daily life looks now. Early on I realized I was going to experience life similar to what my grandmothers experienced, and their mothers before them (and their mothers before them). No more throwing my clothes in […]Read more "When in Rome."
Principal: “Do you have a group name for these boys?” Me: “A group name?” Principal: “Yes, how do you call these boys? Do you call them ‘street boys’?” Me: “I don’t think I’ve ever called them street boys. They aren’t street boys.” Principal: “Okay, so what do you call them?” Daniel: “Sometimes we call them […]Read more "Name changers"
Anyone that’s been around me for the past several years has seen the journey I’ve been on to get to Sierra Leone, but I know it’s been confusing for others who have only watched from a distance, so let me tell you a quick story…or as quickly as I can tell it. I was living […]Read more "From Europe to Ethiopia to…Sierra Leone?"