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I am often asked how I, a white, middle-class American woman, ever got driven to support an African family, co-write a children's book with an African woman and begin the process of purchasing land to begin building a permanent location for a school (named in my honor by my African family)  in Liberia.  I guess the best way to explain it is to go back to how it all began.

One rare day (I don't remember they year, but possibly 1999 or 2000)   that I had time to sit down and watch daytime television, I was flipping channels and stopped at The Oprah Winfrey Show.  I have to admit, I never really watched her show; but on that day I was drawn to it as her guest was a white, middle-class American woman who was sharing her story of supporting an African woman. I honestly cannot remember how it came about that their lives connected, but they had never met in person to that point.  Then suddenly Oprah pulled the element of surprise and out walked the African woman.  Both women fell in each others arms and cried and the rest of the show was their story.  I sat there for some time thinking "Lord, I want an African woman who's life I can change. I want to make a difference in one persons life somewhere in Africa. But how in the world would that ever happen......". I let it go and went back to my busy life and time distanced the show, but not my heart.   THEN....... I met Andrew.........

 


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