I’m a late starter — I found Jesus when I was 35 years old, and have been trying to make up for lost time ever since.
Being a qualified librarian, could bring to mind the image of someone wearing glasses, who talks softly, and reveres books. Wrong! I do wear glasses, but what I like most is to do research, and help people finding the information they are looking for. I do have a knack finding lost keys, pieces of clothing and cell phones too, but I didn’t study to do that — it comes naturally.
I have been married to my other half for over 34 years. He makes me feel like a princess, and he makes me laugh. He also makes the best home-brewed coffee — it’s nice to have a live-in barista. I have two beautiful children, an artsy one in Columbus, OH and a brainy one in Heaven, HQ. And then I have two very smart grand kids and one grand dog, with the name of “Donut”. She is smart too.
I have come to the conclusion that sugar is evil. And I really believe that the right way to eat peanut butter, is out of a jar. With a spoon.
I prefer that people do not call me a “missionary”. Besides the ‘librarian’ box I also don’t like to be put into the ‘missionary’ box. The only boxes around, while living with the Iso people in Africa, were the ones that had our stuff in when we moved there. Living without a comfort box changed the way I look at life, at poor people, at Mus1im women. And at my weight — I suppose in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter that much.
It is funny in a way that God sent me — the librarian-with-the-glasses — to live with functionally illiterate people. I discovered the beauty of orality, and learning a sophisticated language and culture from women who like telling stories and riddles, and singing songs.
After ten years living with the Iso people, God sent us to South-East Asia, and we have been here six years already. Interacting with people from other cultures, makes me come alive. I have learnt to listen a lot and rather ask questions — if I can communicate with them. If all else fails, I learnt to just smile a lot.
Praying is my thing. I suppose because God doesn’t interrupt me — well, just sometimes. I like to encourage people. Like Jesus does. I believe that God wants the best for us. He guides us, talks to us, dreams with us, and cries with us.
Sharing my ups and downs living in a culturally diverse and often challenging world, is actually a daunting prospect. But I have an overwhelming desire to encourage Christian women in their spiritual journey, especially if they find themselves in sticky situations. Being inspired by God, together with this desire to encourage others, overshadows my reservations. I would be thrilled to know that you could relate to some of my stories, and be able to apply some insights to your situation.
Ultimately, my motivation is to give God the honour that is due to His name. I want to invite you, to “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Ps 34:8, NIV).