The first day, I presented the part of the program that usually gets people to warm up and ask questions. I had made month-by-month life-size cutouts of a fetus. I walked around showing the life-sized cutouts and explained what happens each month of development.
“What is something we can’t live without?” I asked the group assembled before me for the health lecture. The responses came, “Air,” “Our Spirits,” “Food.” After each, I responded that that wasn’t what I was looking for.
Viviane came almost every day to keep me company. We would sit on the cool cement floor in my 100° living room and talk and play with her baby. I felt I had a good enough relationship with her to invite her to study the Bible with me. I also felt my French was finally up to the challenge. Most importantly, I felt God asking me, “How long are you going to wait?”
Here in Benin, preparation for Christmas starts somewhere in the beginning of December. The seamstress shops are among the busiest, making new clothes for everyone. Almost everyone gets new clothes if they have even a little bit of money.
It has been a humbling experience for me to see how you, mostly complete strangers yet brothers and sisters in the faith, have reached deep in your pockets to support little me. Who am I that you should send your money and your support to someone you have never met?