mary henton

Here are a few things about me.

Three adult children call me “Mom.” They teach me grace, love and encourage me, make me laugh, and keep me humble. They also enrich our family with their friendships and marriages. 

A sister, nephews and nieces (and grand nephews and nieces) ground me with their love, support, humor, and stories.

Currently I have two homes: a THOW (tiny house on wheels) in central Ohio and a considerably larger house in Beni, North Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo/DRC).

My current job title is “Director of Faculty Development and Bilingual Affairs” at Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) / The Christian Bilingual University of Congo. My entire professional life has been in education (curriculum development, faculty development, experiential education, adventure education), so I have some knowledge and confidence in that arena. A monolinguist who struggles with basic French and Swahili, I lean heavily on my team members and experts when it comes to the “bilingual affairs” part of my job title.

When I was twelve years old, my parents gave me a “grown-up,” leather, onion-skin-paged Bible inscribed with the verse, “But what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, New American Standard)). It was not until my college years, when I replaced their gift with a bulky study Bible, that Micah first started whispering to me. I’m not very good at living out the prophet’s reminder. But I’m doing the best I can.

That’s what brings me here. That’s what calls me to write about the ordinary and not-so-ordinary and glimpse moments of grace, peace, and hope as one way to “Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously (Micah 6:8, The Message).

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I never noticed the misspellings in the inscription until I saw them in this photo. It's just evidence of my preference for the big picture over the details! God is in both and more.