It’s hard to believe that it has been ten eleven years since the summer of 1998. That’s the summer I spent living with a missionary family in Guinea, West Africa through Alliance Youth Corps (now called Global Ventures).
Needless to say that summer had a major impact on my life, my faith and my worldview. It was my first exposure to extreme poverty. It was first time I had ever been in the religious minority. The first time I had ever been in a place where I didn’t speak the language of those around me. And it was also the first time I had ever gone anywhere where I was the only person with white skin.
So I’ve decided to spend some time this summer reflecting on that period of time in my journey. Over the coming weeks I will revisit some of those memories and share my experiences in Guinea. I left so much of my heart in that country – with those people – when I left. If you had asked me back then when I’d hoped to return, I would have said “tomorrow.” Here it is ten eleven years later.