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Everybody gets a lick!

We have some of the best experiences in Africa. This morning before church got started, I was talking to some of the members. Isaac came up to me with sucker in his mouth. Then one of the African girls came up to me and told me that the sucker was hers. I am not totally sure but the African tradition is when one kid has a lollipop it is necessary to share licks with all the other kids. Yes, that is right. A sucker is a precious commodity. When one kid gets one, they pass it around and every kid gets a lick. I think that Isaac was given a lick but decided that he didn’t want to pass it on. I know what most of you are thinking, “How could you let your kid suck a sucker after 10 African kids have already?” We have learned that:

#1 – It is inevitable, you either lock your kids in the house or they are going to take a lick.  We don’t push it or tell them to do it, but you can’t stop it.

#2 – If you are a germ freak, don’t come here.

#3 – If you want to fit in, take a lick.

#4 – If you want a good immune system, come live with us, we will help you build one.

Seriously, to be a missionary in a third world country, sometimes you have to accept things that aren’t normal. Well, it is normal for them(Africans) but not normal for us(Americans). The Apostle Paul said that he would become all things to all men. So don’t worry, just take a lick.

7 Responses to “Everybody gets a lick!”

  1. John Pearson Says:

    Best blog of the year. Hands down. Great job brother Keith.

  2. Heather Willis Says:

    Enjoyed reading this blog. Miss you guys,
    Jason, Heather, and Rocco Willis

  3. Anne Says:

    I’m sending a bag of lollipops so each one can all have their own!=)

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  5. Betty Gardner Says:

    I’ve seen it happen here in the states too. Let’s face it, kids are kids no matter where they may be located on a world map 🙂

  6. Queen Kelley » Blog Archive » The Community Lollipop Says:

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