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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: TWENTY




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This past week marked twenty years since my initial arrival in Cape Town, South Africa. TWENTY YEARS! I posted the following on Instagram to mark the occasion:

Two decades ago, I left my home in West Michigan to travel alone across the Atlantic for what I thought would be a semester overseas.

I was fresh out of Bible college a month away from my 21st birthday, and I thought I was going to teach students in Africa about the Bible. Instead, the country of South Africa and her people taught me more than I ever thought possible and left an indelible mark on my soul.

In the 10+ years I lived in Cape Town I laughed hard, cried hard, climbed mountains, passed through valleys, and everything in between.

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I made countless mistakes and have just as many regrets, but I also received countless expressions of grace, love, welcome, and forgiveness.


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I thought I was going there to give, but instead I was given more than my heart can hold.


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And if you don’t believe me that it’s been twenty years, yes, that is an actual camcorder in my hand in the next photo. As you can see, I thought I was the coolest.


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