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At the Edge of the Village Grace and Truth Books
  • ISBN: 978-1591280170
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 212
  • Publisher: Canon Press

At the Edge of the Village: Musings of a Missionary Wife (Lisa Leidenfrost)

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Being a missionary in Ivory Coast of West Africa not only has dangers, hard work and culture shock – it has moments of high joy and deep sorrow. Most of all, the work of life is found in the small, daily things. When one is part of the village but considered by the residents “at the edge of the village”, you’re in a different place.

This book consists of Lisa Leidenfronst’s observations about missionary life. It has been compiled from her personal letters to her friends in a church in the United States, telling both of ordinary and extraordinary experiences, the solemn and the playful, the mundane and exotic, so that anyone with a burden to serve the peoples of the world in missions can obtain a down-to-earth portrait of what it is to work for the gospel’s sake in a different place.

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At the Edge of the Village

Musings of a Missionary Wife

Being a missionary in Ivory Coast of West Africa not only has dangers, hard work and culture shock – it has moments of high joy and deep sorrow. Most of all, the work of life is found in the small, daily things. When one is part of the village but considered by the residents “at the edge of the village”, you’re in a different place.

This book shares Lisa Leidenfrost’s observations about missionary life. It has been compiled from her personal letters to her friends in a church in the United States, telling both of ordinary and extraordinary experiences, the solemn and the playful, the mundane and exotic, so that anyone with a burden to serve the peoples of the world in missions can obtain a down-to-earth portrait of what it is to work for the gospel’s sake in a different place.

About the Author

For over sixteen years, Lisa Leidenfrost has lived, served, and raised four children in Ivory Coast, with her husband, Csaba Leidenfrost, a Wycliffe translator to the Bakwe people.

Contents

  1. Africa Orientation Course
  2. Choosing a House Site
  3. Our Home
  4. Language Learning
  5. Culture Know
  6. Culture Shock
  7. Squirming in Africa
  8. The Pig Dig
  9. The Eclipse
  10. Hunting
  11. Mice
  12. The Secret Garden
  13. Noai
  14. “Civilizations”
  15. A Typical Day
  16. A Tropical Storm
  17. Alexis’ Wedding
  18. Christmas
  19. Handling Disputes the Bakwe Way
  20. “Cultural Event”
  21. Translation
  22. A Memorable Review Session
  23. Mongooses and the Pond
  24. Barnyard Chatter
  25. Goose Knots
  26. Flying Hen
  27. Snake Hunt
  28. Stinker
  29. Choir of Clucking Hens
  30. Elusive Crocodile (by Noai)
  31. Chicken Obstacle Course
  32. Wild Things
  33. Javier and the Eggplant Field
  34. The Old Harrist Priest and the Locked Book
  35. A Sketch on Death
  36. Josephinbe
  37. The Magic Trick
  38. Mother-in-Law
  39. Hospitality
  40. Plump Ladies
  41. Smith’s Ghost
  42. Revenge of the Market Ladies
  43. A Trip to Town
  44. A Visit From the States
  45. Thorns and Roses
  46. Opening the Floodgates
  47. Typhoid
  48. Letter to a Missionary Friend
  49. Out of Sync (Trials of a Peculiar Nature)
  50. Goodbyes
  51. Entering the Door
  52. Unusual Art
  53. Obstacle Course
  54. The Guineas and Their Mama
  55. God is Good
  56. Epilogue: The Work
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