Sue Eenigenburg just published another book, More Screams, Different Deserts – Joy and Perseverance for Women in Cross-Cultural Ministry. Thank you, Sue, for sharing one of your stories with us this month. See the end of this email for how to order this book for yourself or a friend. — Diane, Editor
For me, becoming a cross-cultural worker was a lot like a trip I took as a child to a deer-petting farm. While growing up, I would get several new outfits whenever my family would take a vacation. One year I got a cute little short set with a blue top that had layers of ruffles. That year one of our stops was a deer-petting farm. They gave us a package of what looked like graham crackers and told us to keep moving as we fed the deer. I enjoyed walking among these beautiful creatures and feeding them. Soon I ran out of food and, at the same time, I forgot to keep moving.
The deer gathered around and, before I knew what was happening, they had begun to eat my shirt. I watched with alarm layer after layer of ruffles disappearing. I remember standing there calling for help and probably crying, unsure of what to do as my decorative ruffles were being eaten away. I think it was my sister who came over, got me moving again, and shooed all the deer away.