Building bridges to the people of the world, one story at a time.
I’m a farm girl with a background in newspapers, magazines, college newspaper advising, freelance writing and higher education. I’m also a distance runner.
Sometimes, I do any or all of the above in East Africa.
So, sheep farming?
That’s right. I grew up on a sheep farm, and now, I’ve come full-circle as co-owner and manager of Blue Heron Farms in Lisbon, Ohio.
Is it where I thought I would be as a thirty-something? No, but I believe it’s a privilege to work the land: fewer than 2 percent of Americans do so.
Also, I love Africa.
I am a storyteller — minus the label “master.” I am broken, flawed and desperately in need of that grace-filled gospel story. I am a work in progress.
Over the past few years, I have served as a journalist/media coordinator for SIM and other agencies in East Africa. Those assignments instilled a love for the continent — the people, the laughter, the sights, the sounds, the colors, the textures. It also instilled a love for the bigger Story playing out among many Africans — that of the gospel transforming lives.
Where does my story fit? I’m not sure yet — but I have heard it said that calling is where vocation and the needs of the world meet. It seems to illustrate my path during the past few years.
I love finding out what makes people’s stories unique and finding ways to put those stories into words or images — wherever I am in the world. The languages and customs may be different, but everyone still has their own narrative.
A few years ago, I didn’t know Africa would be a part of that passion — but God did.
The next chapter.
Sheep farming. Storytelling in Africa. It’s not a combination I could have dreamed up, but, man, it’s been one heck of a ride so far.