This was our second celebration at SIL Niger. This time we had invited our NGO partners and those working in literacy in Niger to come celebrate with us. We had kept everything simple. We had ordered two young lambs stuffed with rice and couscous and roasted! That is what a mechouie is! Those of us working at SIL helped to serve. My only moment of fear was when I had to stand before the 40-50 guests and introduce the 8 teams (literacy and translation) that I supervise. Five minutes later and we were listening to another speech.
The second celebration was over with by 9 p.m. and we were on our way to getting set up for the next event! On Tues. we would celebrate with our coworkers the contribution that one of our coworkers had made in Tamajaq literacy.
As we gathered together for that celebration I thought, "This is family. I can be myself and if i flub up, make a mistake, or whatever, it will be o.k." That took a load off. I had taken the cue from one of our regional directors and had asked several people to help me in giving words of appreciation for our coworker. It was a wonderful time of encouragement and celebration of what God had done in the life and ministry of Meredith here in Niger. As I heard one by one share it was incredible how she had influenced others' lives including my own.