You can't be a good missionary without a good snake story," jokes Suzanne Crocker. And as a missionary to Africa, she has plenty! Crocker's stories are current, funny, and sure to hit close to home. Each fascinating vignette is accompanied by Scripture, practical application, and ideas on how to pray for missionaries around the world.
Pig in a Taxi and Other African Adventures addresses topics such as obedience, materialism, hospitality, and sensing God's presence in every situation. Its lighthearted tone challenges readers to keep their sense of humor and let it strengthen them in their daily tasks. Moms, missionaries-to-be, and those who support missions will enjoy this inside look at family life on the mission field.
Suzanne Crocker grew up as a missionary kid in Central America. She attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she studied to become a nurse. She and her husband have four children and are missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
What a gallimaufry of delights! Between the covers of Pig in a Taxi the reader finds humor, joy, sorrow, wonderful adventures along with understandable, profound devotional materials, and remarkable information and prayer ammunition about missionaries. A truly transparent person, no pretensions about her, able to giggle unaffectedly at herself, nurse, wife, and mother Suzanne Crocker just tells it the way it really is unusual customs, no electricity, no running water, strange foods, guinea fowls at 4 a.m., lack of privacy, beggars in the living room, and all.
Walk with Suzanne as she finds out, after she has roasted it, that in Togo, Africa they do not clean a birds innards out before selling it. Learn the importance of humor, and learning the language as she and her husband face a chief who suggests swapping wives. Attend a beautifully decorated (with pink toilet paper) Christian wedding that is sweaty, dance-filled, and wonderfully jubilant. Discover just how essential hunger relief projects are when elephants devastate the villagers fields. Also, meet Victoria Cat who didnt catch rodents even when they changed his name to Tiger; learn how to forgive when villagers eat the Crockers pet dog; and rejoice in a miracle when a native pastor, who cannot get antivenin for a viper bite yet survives, thus proving God is stronger than the witch doctor. There are more than 50 of these narratives. And, yes, that pig is in there, being delivered alive via village taxi.
Dont miss reading this book! Pig in a Taxi can be read straight through or bit by bit. It is a fine devotional, but also is an adventure biography packed with a full range of recognizable emotions. It should be a must-read for prospective missionaries; but then, it should also be a must for prospective parents, those thinking of moving from their home ground, and Christians who are learning that other cultures are as valid as ours, as well as anyone who relishes living. Crocker closes with these words: God
has promised to guide us and be our counselor. I am choosing to trust him to lead us step by step the rest of the way home (pg. 174). Pig in a Taxi makes a most satisfying text book for learning the reality of Gods promises and guidance. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com