A Qualified Professional

One of my favorite promises about God’s provision is found in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition):

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

I’ve recently been meditating on the first part of this verse:

And God is able…

When someone is able, it simply means that they know how to do something. They are qualified to do something. We could even say that they are a professional at what they do.

If you ever needed surgery done, you would want someone who is a qualified professional to perform the operation, right? You would want someone who is well-experienced in the field and who has a good track record of performing successful surgeries.

God is able. God is a qualified professional in the field of provision and blessing. God is well-experienced in being a Provider and He has an impeccable track record of success in meeting needs and showering blessings.

I want to be a “giver.”  I want to be a generous person. I always want generosity to be a big, permanent, defining part of who I am. I want to constantly be growing in my ability to give. I know that how I grow as a “giver” is directly connected to how well I grasp this very simple, but very powerful truth: God is able.

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to me in abundance, so that I may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

God is able to do everything He promises me in this Scripture. It doesn’t matter that I’m a missionary who lives on a support-based income which can be unpredictable and irregular. It doesn’t matter how well or unwell the economy is doing. It doesn’t matter what kind of unexpected or emergency expenses may come my way. I truly believe that God is able. I want to constantly remind myself and convince myself of this truth.

God is able!

Because of this fact, I never have to be afraid of Lack or Need. Whenever I come face to face with Lack or Need, I can just remind myself of this truth, and I know I will be able to stand up on the inside. I know that if I constantly keep this truth before my eyes, there will always be a BIG resounding “NO!” that my spirit will scream at Lack or Need anytime they try to shake me or make me doubt that God. Is. Able.

God is a qualified Provider. Trust me. Or better yet, trust Him. He knows exactly what He’s doing.

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Four Years Strong

2016 marked my fourth year as a missionary in Botswana. There are still mornings when I wake up and think, “YES! I woke up in Africa!” Here’s what I was up to last year…

title-learn-setswanaOne of my goals for 2016 was to learn how to speak Setswana, so I enrolled in a 9-week Setswana course. Setswana is the main language spoken in Botswana (besides English), and it’s not an easy language to learn! It utilizes a lot of consonant clustering (e.g. tlhoafaletse is the word for miss). It is also a tonal language, meaning you can pronounce the same word a different way to mean something entirely different (e.g. bua can be pronounced two different ways to mean either speak or skin an animal). They even have some words that are pronounced the same way, but have different meanings (e.g. madi can mean money or blood). I’m not fluent (yet), but my youth have told me that I’m starting to sound more African than American! And although speaking Setswana isn’t easy, I actually really LOVE singing in Setswana! It is probably one of my favorite things I’ve learned to do since I’ve been in Botswana!

title-youth-ministrywater-gamesMy favorite event I planned for my youth last year was our first ever Ice Cream Party & Water Games event – basically a day of playing fun water-related games and eating delicious frozen treats! It was hilarious to see my youth try a slip-n-slide for the first time! What a fun day! Youth ministry is a blast!

catalystWe started a new group for our older youth (ages 18-24) called Catalyst. This is probably my favorite age group to work with. The heart behind this group is to empower them with important life skills, such as financial management (budgeting, saving, etc.) and job skills (interviewing, professional attire, work ethic, how to start a business), so they can transition well into the “real world.”

In July, I had the pleasure of hosting my dear, dear friends, Erica and John Feldhaus. They ministered at our annual youth conference, and they were an immense blessing to our youth! John and Erica were my very first friends from home to visit me since I moved to Botswana, so you can imagine how excited I was to host them! It was such a joy to be able to personally show them what I get to do! I loved being able to introduce them to my African family and show them around this beautiful nation I now get to call home. Thank you John and Erica for impacting the lives of our youth, and for visiting me! I hope it’s not your last visit to Botswana!
john-ericatitle-bots50bots50September 30, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Botswana’s independence! Bots 50, as this milestone anniversary was called, was truly a nationwide celebration. From the cities to the villages, patriotism was literally painted all over the country. Batswana (people of Botswana, plural) have a reason to be proud. When Bechuanaland became the Republic of Botswana in 1966, it was, at the time, the third poorest nation in the world. Today, it is the world’s top producer of diamonds and has the second fastest growing economy in the world. I highly recommend the movie A United Kingdom (released last month), which is a beautiful retelling of the history of Botswana and its first president.


In October, I moved into my own place!

God blessed me with exactly what I was praying for: a place near my ministry base (it’s less than a minute drive away!), within my budget, safe/secure location, and a 2-bedroom (so I can host family & friends who want to visit!).

I LOVE my new home!

Thank you so much for praying, and let me know if you want to visit!

title-thank-youIf you are reading this, I want to thank you for your support! Your financial support, your prayers, and your interest and encouragement for the work I do is a huge blessing to me! The ways you support me, in turn, allow me to be a blessing to those God has called me to serve. Any gratitude I receive from my youth and those I minister to is also gratitude to you. Thank you for giving!


  • I will be doing more ministry at our branch churches this year, which means I will be doing quite a bit of traveling. Please agree with me for provision for traveling expenses.
  • Provision for repair/maintenance work on my car.
  • Wisdom/direction for ministering to my youth this year, especially with starting up the youth ministry for our new church branch launching in the capital city of Gaborone in July.
  • For favor and smooth processing of the renewal of my residence permit. I am applying for a 5 year permit.
  • Furniture/appliances for my home – main items being a bed, washing machine, couch, and stove.
  • Favor in selling my old laptop and buying a new one.
  • I would like to come home for Christmas this year, as well as itinerate for 2-3 months early next year. Please pray with me for provision to be able to do this.

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Hey! It’s Been A While…

Okay, maybe it hasn’t been prehistorically long, but it has been a while since I last sent out a proper update. I’ve definitely been keeping myself busy, so please read on to catch up on the highlights of what I’ve been up to the past year!

Early last year I had the pleasure of building our church’s first website! I enjoyed putting the site together, and I just appreciated being able to give of myself in this creative capacity. Please feel free to visit our website at www.lotwbotswana.org and let me know what you think of this site! This is another great way to stay updated with what I’m doing!

I can’t say enough good things about my visit to the States last year. Obviously, I enjoyed getting to spend some quality time with my family – especially with my cute little nephew! But it was also a great pleasure to connect with so many of you! Thank you to every pastor who gave me the opportunity to minister in your church. I felt so welcome at every church I visited and I can’t express enough of my appreciation for your generosity and support. I want to extend a special thank you to my church family at Orchard Road Christian Center in Denver, CO for inviting me to attend their missions conference last year. I was so honored to attend this event as a “goer” (as a missionary), having attended it for so many years as a “sender” (as someone supporting missionaries). The conference was an incredibly enriching time for me. Thank you also to all my dear, dear friends who made time to catch up with me while I was Stateside. I came back from this trip feeling so refreshed, energized, supported, encouraged and blessed.

I really LOVE being a youth leader in Africa! It can be challenging and exhausting, but at the same time, energizing, fulfilling, and so much FUN! I am constantly thinking of creative ways that I can teach my youth the Word and make a lasting investment in their lives. Over half the population of Botswana is under the age of 25, so I believe that any time I make a deposit into a youth’s life, whether big or small, I am playing my part in impacting the next generation for Christ. Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite youth events we did this past year!

Etiquette Party – A formal event in which we teach the youth about how to become ladies and gentlemen. I saw the need to teach our youth about the importance of self-respect and respecting others, so I thought this party would be a great way to teach these principles. They LOVE getting dressed up for this event! They are served a 3-course meal, and they learn the value of honoring oneself and others through the practice of good table manners and social etiquette.

Boys & Girls Retreat – It’s a time when we as youth leaders get to have some quality time connecting with our youth. The boys go with the guy leaders, the girls go with the girl leaders, for a weekend of fun, food and time with God. This past year at the girls retreat, I talked to the girls about what it means to worship God and I taught them a new worship song (Desert Song by Hillsong). We had an amazing time together! We also played a really hilarious makeup game – one girl applies makeup to another girl while blind-folded!

Youth Camp – This is THE event of the year for our youth! It’s a week’s worth of incredible fun! My favorite activity they did this year was a goat-catching competition (which team can catch the most goats in a given time). It was hilarious to watch! It is equally an unforgettable time of connecting with God. We had some incredible times of prayer and worship. To me, it was the best youth camp we’ve had so far, and I believe it will continue to be an enormously fun and life-changing event for our youth.

In October of last year, I was driving through the northwestern part of the country and had to stop my car in order to allow this family of giraffes to safely cross the road. It was pretty awesome. I love living in Africa :)

Thanks for taking the time to read this! Thank you for your prayers and support! I wake up every morning thinking, “Yes, I woke up in Africa again!” Your support has allowed me to do what I love and what I know God has made me to do. I am so very grateful for your willingness to share a part in that as well.


  • I’m still in the process of looking for my own place. I’m believing for a place that is safe/secure, close to my ministry base, within my budget, at least a two bedroom (would like to accommodate friends/family for visits). Please pray for the right place and the right timing for my move.
  • Wise management of my time, money and talents. I want wisdom to hone in on precisely what God wants me to focus on (day to day, season to season), in my personal life and in ministry.
  • Please pray for more leadership to accommodate the growth of our ministry. We’re very excited about having recently launched a new church branch in the town of Selebi-Phikwe, and we have plans to launch another branch in the capital city of Gaborone before the end of this year!

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2014 Update

Some Highlights from 2014

In April, I turned the big 3-3! I am really loving my 30s, and I’ve gotta say that it’s been the best decade of my life so far. This was also my first birthday to celebrate in Africa, and my African family went out of their way to make me feel special! They delivered presents to me throughout the day – flowers, balloons, sweets, lunch. They even threw me a surprise party! Turning 33 was a great day!

etiquette-partyIn an effort to help our youth recognize their God-given value and self-worth, myself and other adults in our church organized an Etiquette Party – a formal party in which our youth were served a 3-course meal and were taught about social etiquette and table manners. It was fun to see them get all gussied up – I had never seen some of the girls ever wear a dress before or some of the boys ever look so sharp!

youth-confIn July, we held our very first youth conference! My dear friend, Kevin Went, was our guest speaker. The theme for our conference was “Unstoppable” – in reference to Philippians 4:13, reminding our youth that we can do all things through Christ and we are unstoppable in doing great things for Him! During the same weekend of the conference, we held our annual Crazy Olympics event in which other youth groups joined us for a fun day of various games/activities!

runwayHeld our first ever youth girls retreat and it was a blast! Taught our young ladies about their value in Christ, true godly beauty and etiquette. Highlights from this event were shopping (girls got to “shop” clothes, makeup and accessories that ladies from our church donated – this got a little crazy!), a Self-Esteem fashion show (each girl shared about 4 things they liked about themselves and then got to strut down a “runway”) and a stiletto race (exactly what it sounds like – racing each other in stilettos!).

nephewOn September 4, 2014, Heston Leonardo Barlolong was born, and I became an Auntie!!! In January of 2014, my sister announced that she was expecting her first child. Obviously, being so far away from home, I miss my family, and it was hard for me to not be there during my sister’s pregnancy. However, I was blessed to be able to make a quick (surprise!) trip back home to meet and hold my nephew 3 weeks after he was born! Just call me Auntie Mel :)

love-waitsIn October, we held our very first Purity Ceremony. Twenty five of our youth made a public commitment to live a life of purity, and each of them was presented with a “love waits” bracelet, which serves as a symbol/reminder of their commitment. They committed not only to abstinence, but to leave a better legacy for their future family, their city, their country and the next generation. I’m really proud of our youth who made this commitment and I hope to repeat this event again in the future for many other youth in Botswana! (You can read more about my plans here.)

thanksLeading up to Thanksgiving this past year, I wrote a series on my blog called “10 Days of Thankfulness” to reflect on what I’m particularly grateful for about my life as a missionary. There have been very few mornings when I’ve woken up in bed and my first thoughts haven’t been, “Lord, thank You that I get to wake up in Africa today. Thank You that I get to be a missionary in Africa!” It’s an incredibly wonderful, precious and fulfilling thing when your job is something you love to do. I am immensely thankful for that.

new-carOn Christmas Eve, I was finally able to purchase my own car!!! I cannot express enough how much of a blessing this car is! And it was really special that I was able to get my car the day before Christmas :) This car is a gift from so many people – dear friends, family and supporters – who were willing to give and invest in me and what I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I pray that God blesses you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!


Prayer Requests

  • We have a goal to grow our church congregation to 1,000 people. We’re planning strategic outreach events this year. We recently held our first one on Valentine’s Day! We shared God’s love through handing out Valentine’s cards & sweets! We plan to do outreach events like this periodically throughout the year, with a focus on really connecting and building relationships with people we meet. Please pray for favor and that people are receptive to what we have to share.
  • We want to see our church building completed by May 24, 2015. Please agree with us in prayer that we’ll be able to start meeting in our first church building by May 24th!
  • I am still working towards finding my own place to stay. I would like some place in a safe area and near my ministry base. I will also need furniture and appliances for my home (bed, fridge, etc.).


Upcoming Trip to States

I’m blessed with the opportunity to travel to the States next month! I will mainly be passing through the Southern CA (March) and Denver (April) areas. Hope to see some of you if you stay where I’ll be visiting! Here is my confirmed itinerary so far:

  • Sunday, March 8, 10:30am: Cornerstone Christian Baptist Church – Murrieta, CA
  • Thursday, March 12, 6:00pm: Cornerstone Christian Baptist Church (L.O.L. youth service) – Murrieta, CA
  • Friday, March 13, 7:00pm: Pacific Lighthouse Christian Fellowship (youth/young adult service) – San Diego, CA
  • Sunday, March 15, 5:00pm: People’s Church San Diego – San Diego, CA
  • Sunday, March 22, 9:40am: Full Life Christian Assembly – Oxnard, CA
  • Sunday, March 29, 10:30am: Southport Christian Center – National City, CA
  • Sunday, April 19, 10:30am: Praise Center Church (main service/youth class) – Denver, CO
  • April 29-May 3: Orchard Road Christian Center (2015 Missions Conference) – Greenwood Village, CO


ATTN: Monthly DonorsIf you are one of my monthly/recurring supporters, I would like to inform you of some recent changes to the donation system that receipts your gifts. A new donation system was put into place the end of last year, and during the conversion, you may have noticed that donations made through your auto bank deductions or credit cards weren’t processed/charged for a couple of months. This was a result of the system conversion. The issue has been corrected and your regular donations should have processed normally last month. I apologize for any inconvenience, and your patience during this change is much appreciated. If you have any questions regarding the system conversion, or if you are interested in making up any donations lost in the transition, please contact Nancy at nancyb@mhmin.org. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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Christmas Presents

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely time with dear friends and family!

I celebrated my third Christmas in Botswana, and I just wanted to quickly share about some lovely Christmas gifts I received this year that I am very grateful for. I know that Christmas isn’t just about Christmas presents, but I feel I need to express my gratitude for these particular gifts :)

For starters, I was gifted with a plethora of car cleaning supplies….


…probably because on Christmas Eve, I was finally able to purchase my own car!!!


Many, many thanks to all who helped me purchase my car!

I can’t express enough of how enormous of a blessing this car is! And it was kind of special that I was able to get my car on the day before Christmas :) This car is a gift from so many people – dear friends, family and supporters – who were willing to give and invest in me and what I do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I pray that God blesses you for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

This is a gift that will actually enable me to give even more.


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Day 10: 10 Days of Thankfulness

For the last day of my 10 Days of Thankfulness, may I first of all wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

If I could describe Thanksgiving in one word, I would use the word full. Besides all the meaningful reasons this wonderful holiday is celebrated, it is a great day to eat, isn’t it? It is a day in which many of us find ourselves feeling very full of glorious, glorious Thanksgiving food!

If I were to describe my life in one word, that word would also be full.

Full is defined as containing or holding as much or as many as possible, having no empty space, not lacking anything, complete.

Full is the perfect word to describe Thanksgiving, and it’s the perfect word to describe my life. I’m so very thankful that my life is so full.

I thank God for blessing me with such a full life. My faith in Him has always been such an important part of my life, and I know I owe my love of life completely to Him.

Would you describe your life as full?

If you are reading this, I hope that you do, or if you don’t, I pray that you will. There is always something to be thankful for :)


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Day 9: 10 Days of Thankfulness

For Day 9 of my 10 Days of Thankfulness, I would like to express how thankful I am to be in my thirties. I have to say that it’s been my favorite decade of life so far!

Why I’m loving my thirties…

  • Obviously, because I moved to Botswana to be a missionary :)
  • Prior to moving to Africa, I became debt free! I had never worked so hard or been so determined about something in my life. Accomplishing this goal was an incredibly rewarding milestone.
  • Became an auntie of the cutest nephew ever!
  • I’m the most comfortable/confident I’ve ever been in my own skin.
  • Have gotten to do a bit of traveling around the world, which is one of my favorite things to do.
  • I’m in the best shape physically that I’ve ever been.
  • I’ve learned (and continue to learn) how to have a very positive overall outlook on life.

I’m sure my fellow thirty-somethings can also relate to this, but when I was a kid and I thought about being 30 years old, I thought that was really old! But towards the end of my twenties, I actually really looked forward to reaching my thirties! Yes, I’ve become older age-wise, but I actually feel young, healthy, alive – the line from the movie 13 Going on 30 is running through my head. I’m 30, flirty and thriving! Well, I’m actually 33 now, and I wouldn’t ever use the word flirty to describe myself, but thriving is accurate – you get the picture :)

And as much as I’m loving my thirties right now, I truly believe that life will only get better with age. I choose to be thankful for life at every age. I think having that perspective is keeping me young and will help ensure that I will continue to enjoy every consecutive decade of life to come.

My first visit to Victoria Falls

Visited Victoria Falls (age 31)

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Day 8: 10 Days of Thankfulness

For Day 8 of my 10 Days of Thankfulness, I want to share about how much I appreciate my time as a single person. Now, I’m not saying that being single is better than being married, nor am I saying that I don’t ever want to get married. I’m just saying that I’m content with being single right now, and until I meet Mr. Right, I want to value, appreciate and make the most of my time as a single person.

I think the biggest gift that single people possess is their time. No matter how many times in my life I’ve thought that my life was so busy, I know it’s been no where near as busy as someone who is married or has a family. Again, I absolutely look forward to the day I get to be a wife and a mother, but I don’t want to take for granted the gift of time I have right now. More than once, I’ve taken inventory of my life and asked myself, “What do I have time to do now that I might not be able to do when I’m married and have kids? How can I really capitalize on my time right now and spend it in the best way possible?”

Once you start asking questions about how to spend your time, you realize you’re really asking yourself the question “What is my purpose?” For me, being single has been a great time to discover that. I feel like I was floundering for so many years of my life, working jobs I disliked or only kind of liked simply for the purpose of paying my bills, or just to be doing something.

Sometime in my mid-twenties, someone suggested that I make a list of things I enjoy doing – whether it was something I really enjoyed doing a lot, or only a little bit – in an effort to discover what the heck I really wanted to do with my life (i.e. purpose). I wrote the list and began to work my way through it. I was determined to give everything on my list a good shot. I’ve always enjoyed singing, so I took piano and voice lessons for 3 months. I’ve also always loved dance, so I took ballet and hip hop classes for several years (and even performed in a few recitals).

On my list, I also wrote that I loved travel/missions trips. It wasn’t until 2010 that I began to tackle this item on my “purpose list.” I was living in Denver, CO at the time, and on one particular Sunday at church, I ran into a missionary I once worked with in Thailand.

She was excited to see me and the first thing she said to me was, “Mel! Are you married?”

Me: “No, Marlene, I’m not married,” I replied, while trying my best to refrain from displaying the look of disdain most single women naturally display when they are asked if they are married.

Marlene: “You need to do missions for a year!”

Me: “I don’t know, Marlene. I would really love to, but….” (thinking of all the reasons why it’s not “possible”)

Marlene: “Just pray about it! Promise me you’ll pray about it! I dare you!”

Me: “Okay, Marlene, I promise.”

Later the following week…

Me: “Lord, please tell me if you want me to do missions work for a year. In Jesus name, amen.” (and…promise kept.)

After I prayed that nonchalant, two-second prayer, all the reasons I had for not being able to undertake this venture of doing missions work for a year began to quickly diminish. And before the week was over, I began the process of not only doing missions work for a year, but for doing missions work indefinitely. And the rest, as you know, is history.

I’m grateful to have discovered my purpose as a single person – a purpose, which I also intend to carry on with in the future as a wife and a mother :)

Proverbs 19:21

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Day 7: 10 Days of Thankfulness

For Day 7 of my 10 Days of Thankfulness, I am grateful for the choice/opportunity to give.

I guess you could say that my financial situation has changed a lot since I became a missionary :) One could (emphasis on could) say that since becoming a missionary, I’ve “lost” my financial “security” because I no longer have things like a regular income or direct deposit.

Now, I want to be clear that this is not how I view my financial situation at all. One of the main reasons I’ve chosen to not view things this way is simply because I love to give. I don’t ever want my checking account to dictate my ability to give. I believe that generosity is a choice, and the amount or frequency of one’s generosity shouldn’t ever be determined or limited to the enormity or minuteness of one’s material resources. You can give no matter what – if you want to.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible about giving is found in 2 Corinthians 9:8. It says:

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (NLT, New Living Translation)

For me, this verse serves as a statement of financial security. I admit that I really took a leap of faith leaving the security of my life and work in America, and moving to Africa to be a missionary. But I’ve never lacked since I’ve been out here and I don’t believe I ever will. God has truly provided for me and has blessed me in tremendous ways. On top of that – and because of that – I feel like my desire for giving has only increased.

For years now, I’ve made it a priority to budget a portion of my income specifically for giving – whether it’s giving to my church, to an individual or to a worthy cause. But I don’t just limit myself to giving money. I also make an effort to be generous with my time, talents and other non-monetary resources. Basically, my philosophy on giving is, if I have the inkling to give (which happens pretty frequently), I want to find a way to give. If you make giving a priority in your life, you will always be able to afford to do it.

Giving can be as simple as writing a kind note to someone, which is, consequently, one of my favorite ways to give. Writing a kind note doesn’t cost much, and it won’t take much of your time, but it can be extremely valuable and meaningful to the person receiving the note.

Plus it is just so much FUN to give! I really doubt that if anyone made giving a priority, they would fail to become addicted to giving. To me, the joy of giving truly is greater for the giver than for the receiver, or as the old adage goes, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

I am truly thankful for the joy of giving, and it’s a practice I only hope to increase in – even as a missionary :)

For it is in giving that we receive. - St. Francis of Assisi

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Day 6: 10 Days of Thankfulness

For Day 6 of my 10 Days of Thankfulness, I would like to express my thankfulness for my families. Notice I said families – plural :)

First of all, I’m very thankful for my family back home in the good old US of A. I know it wasn’t easy for my parents to hear that I wanted to live on an entirely different continent, but I appreciate their prayers and support so much – especially from my mom. I know she prays for me more than anyone else and she’s probably my #1 supporter. It’s not easy to be so far away from those you love, but I’m grateful that I’ve been able to visit home a couple times since I moved to Botswana. Last year, I was able to come home to plan my sister’s bridal shower and to be the maid of honor at her wedding. I loved being able to toast her and my brother-in-law on their special day. And just a couple months ago, I was able to come home for a short visit so I could meet and hold my nephew for the first time! I’m quickly becoming one of those aunties who wants to show everyone pictures of him because “Isn’t he just the cutest?!”
mendozasI’m also thankful for my African family! We look different, we talk different, but they treat me like I’m a part of the family! I’m pretty sure they now consider me like more of an African than an American :) They welcomed me when I first came. They are helping me to learn their language. They threw me a surprise party when I celebrated my first birthday in Africa. On more than one occasion, they’ve expressed to me their gratitude for my deciding to come to Botswana. They leave me in no doubt of how much they love me and have accepted me, and the feeling is mutual. I love all of my African mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. You know that saying that it takes a village to raise a child? Well, I feel like a wonderful “village” of people in Botswana have graciously welcomed this missionary into their lives.
african-famIt’s awesome to have family on both sides of the equator! I love both of my families and I’m so blessed and thankful to have them in my life.

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