I published The Unlikely Missionary in 2005 as a fiction novel based on my 10 months serving as a short-term missionary in the small bush town of Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso, West Africa in 1990-91.
Having grown up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. in the Episcopal Church I was completely unprepared for bush living on a missionary compound. But, like all unexpected journeys, it was life changing.
The story that emerged is fiction in the sense that many characters and dynamics were pulled in from different places and times, and some completely imagined. But, the hilarity and challenge of adjusting to bush living as a suburban American is real.
In light of the sudden death of my son, Mack, on New Year’s Eve 2012, I considered rewriting the book because of the fictional death of a young boy in the story. But, after much thought, I decided to leave it as it was and respect the story I wrote at that time.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.