Respect

Respect

Respect for the elders respect: verb; to admire someone or something deeply as a result of their abilities, qualities or achievements. I have noticed a beautiful thing in Africa:  respect for the elders.  Subtle, yet obvious to those from the outside.   There is...
SMILES and the language barrier

SMILES and the language barrier

SMILES A wise man once told me, “a smile crosses over all language barriers.” That wise man was Mr. Bill Haring.  He served many years as a missionary in Mexico.  He and his amazing wife and five children had “given up a lot” to GO, but if you ask him, he would tell...
I received more…

I received more…

Africa. Tanzania. Maasai tribe. —Erica Perkins / January 2016 trip How these words stir emotions deep inside me. I had always dreamed of traveling to Africa, with visions of natives dancing and singing and amazing sunsets. However, I had no idea I would be...
Mama Played Kickball That Day

Mama Played Kickball That Day

It was a fun game. We wanted the kids to relax around us. To accept us.  (Rumors had been spread by the local witchdoctors that “the Americans were coming to poison the people of the community.”)  Everyone was a little tense, to say the least. Normally, our team would...
They Welcomed Us With Singing

They Welcomed Us With Singing

I had gone to Africa for 3 summers before my husband finally made the trip with me in 2010.  Up until that point, Africa, was my “thing.”  Don’t get me wrong.  I had his complete blessing to “go.”  He always worked it out so that he was able to care for our five...