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 36 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.

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 eight years already. Interacting with people from other cultures, makes me come alive. I have learnt to listen a lot and ask interesting questions — if you 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. I believe that God wants the best for us. He guides us, talks to us, dreams with us, and cries with us.

And I want to know Him more!

How about you?

Betsy