Grandma's Letters from Africa

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iUniverse, Feb 5, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
Linda Thomas expected that when she grew old, she'd be a quaint little grandmathe kind that sits in a rocking chair and knits blankets for new grandbabies. But God and her husband had other ideas: Africa! This is Linda's story of her first four years working in Africa as a missionary.

In this narrative, uniquely told through letters to her granddaughters, Linda shares how she stumbles into adventures most grandmas could not imaginea hippo charges her, a Maasai elder spits at her, and a baboon poops in her breakfast. As she faithfully answers Gods callingand its challengesshe recounts both hilarious and frightful incidents, joys and heartaches, answered prayers, and those God seemed to leave unanswered. While drinking tea from a pot cleaned with cows urine, suffering through an embarrassing breast exam, and narrowly escaping a carjacking by a murderer wielding an assault rifle, Linda falls in love with Africa, its people, and the work God presented her.

Grandmas Letters from Africa is a chronicle of Gods heart, His delightful creativity, and His amazing power to help those in need.

 

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Contents

Quaint I Aint
1
Streams in The Desert
13
The Perils of The Pearl
34
New Jobs New Colleagues New Places New Just About Everything
49
Jambo Mama Buy Here Goooood Price
70
Margaret Laura Kathleen Thomas
85
Eet Eez A Loooong Sweem
89
Bdonkbdonk Hips The Apple Lady Falling Sparrows and Jitters in Jeddah
101
West Nairobi School
154
Jobs Perspective
158
Hospitality
165
Zaire and More Lessons on Hospitality
174
The Verge of The Unknown
181
Hurling Through The Valley of The Shadow of Death
188
Houseguests
193
Silly Foreigners
197

Empty Stomachs and Godshaped Holes in Hearts
108
Moving House
112
Family Matters
117
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
125
Termites Fresh Monkey Gazelle Zebra Eland Spiders and Moving HouseAgain
129
Literacy
142
Monkey Business Presidential Pageantry and A Trip to The Emergency Room
145
Emma Elisabeth Anne Thomas
151
More Accounts from The Heart of Africa
202
Am I A Real Missionary?
205
The Stuff of History Books Recipe Books Video Cameras and Photo Albums
209
Of Elephants and Grass
214
Lord Hear Our Prayers
228
Of Porridge and Cornmeal
236
Utterly Amazed
241
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About the author (2010)

Linda K. Thomas served an eight-year assignment in Africa where she worked in journalism. She currently teaches memoir classes based on Deuteronomy 4:9, "Always remember what you've seen God do for you, and be sure to tell your children and grandchildren!" Linda and her husband live in Missouri.

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