I have been surprised by life. I never thought I would live to be this old. And I never expected life to be so full of experiences and blessings. I’ve seen the pygmies dance, awoken to the Muslim call to prayer, and been to the source of the Nile. I’ve gathered seashells on Zanzibar Island, seen the whirling dervishes in Khartoum, and heard the explosion of a land mine. I’ve smelled incense from sandalwood, frankincense, and myrrh, and I’ve smelled open sewers, burning trash, rotting flesh, drying fish, and camel dung.
After nine years in Southern Sudan and Uganda, I wondered how my husband (Ron) and I would adjust to life in eastern Indiana as co-pastors of a Quaker meeting. I never expected life here to be as full of experiences and blessings. To be able to spend our days investing in a faith community committed to making a difference in Winchester, in Indiana, in the United States, and in the world is a gift. I believe I have the best job in the world.