“What’s your story?” I was sitting at a pizza restaurant with a group of church leaders who until the day before had been complete strangers to me. But now, after 2 days of conversation and training, we were chatting in a much more familiar tone as we sipped beverages and contemplated returning to our regularly-programmed lives.
“What’s your story?” The question was posed again. I tried to evade answering by saying something like,”My story isn’t any more interesting than anyone else’s. You guys don’t really want to hear it.” But they gently persisted, giving me time, space and attention to tell them how I got from Africa to Florida, from being committed to any occupation besides being a professional Lutheran church worker to being exactly that.
And so I told them my story.