January: A West African dish, yassa ginaar, cooked for supporters in western PA
February: With my friend Anita’s help, working on a sewing project with West African cloth as a break from GIAL coursework
March: Volunteering in ESL for refugees in Dallas
April: A discussion in one of my GIAL classes, Culture Change & Minority Cultures
May: A Sunday presentation at supporting church Christ the King Presbyterian in DeSoto, TX, when several others joined me in African dress!
June: The road trip that turned into the engagement tour! A stop in Delaware to introduce my fiancé Dean to my grandmother
July: Back in West Africa and praying with the pastors’ wives of the national Presbyterian Church at an annual gathering
August: Rainy season green! Enjoying my view from a horsecart while at research site #1
September: All dressed up for Tabaski with my host family the Manganes
October: A sunrise shrouded in mist while in the bush for research site #2
November: My view from the boat as I traveled back north after research site #3
December: Christmas lunch with my parents and friends of theirs from the church my dad pastors in St. Girons, France
What a full year it’s been!