Tag Archives: African culture

Border-Hopping with the Boers

“Don’t let your kids walk alone down to the river behind the house. There might be crocodiles.” I laughed inwardly at how strange it was to hear such a statement. It reminded me of South Africa’s incredible diversity. Cities host … Continue reading

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An Example of the Tsonga Worldview

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Will You Borrow Me?

You gotta laugh at the misunderstanding of the word “borrow” over here. And it’s such a commonly used word! They say “borrow” for both borrow and loan. “Will you borrow me the ball?” But what’s even funnier about this picture … Continue reading

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A Thief in the Night

Two weeks ago Sunday evening, exhausted from a busy weekend and a late night, Seth and I dropped into bed and slept heavily until morning. When Seth arose, he noticed the front door ajar, with the key on the outside. … Continue reading

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When Words That Do Not Exist Communicate ~ Linguist, Part 3

A missionary must learn the language of the people to whom he is ministering. This really should go “without saying”; but unfortunately, some missionaries rely on translators for years, making little attempt to apply themselves to the language of the … Continue reading

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Repaid Generosity

It is not possible to out-give God. My husband has been an example of generosity to me for years; and I have seen God be generous to us in return–just when I thought maybe we’d tipped the scales our way, … Continue reading

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The Many Jobs of a Missionary ~ Parent

A few years ago, a supporting pastor of our teammates came to visit their work. My teammate was teaching the women at our monthly ladies’ group that month; and after finishing her theological lesson, commenced a mini-lesson on proper table … Continue reading

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Going Away and Getting Going

We had a lovely 5 days away at a “farm-lodge” near the Zimbabwean border last week, and so it was with creaky joints that we jumped back into village life and… a new school year this week! (The pictures interspersed … Continue reading

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Vertical Running

My daughter, for the longest time, ran forward, up-and-down, if that makes sense. Seth and I often mentioned how it seemed like her little toddler body bobbled up and down while running, which slowed down her forward motion. She still … Continue reading

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An Unfair Sacrifice

On the hottest two days of the year, I kept my oven running for seven hours making five batches of Christmas cut-out cookies and gingerbread men and caramel corn. Next the cookies had to be iced and then arranged and … Continue reading

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