I was born in South Africa. I grew up in the Mpumuza/Hilton Area. My parents are American missionaries, and I grew up on the campus of Union Bible Institute, a Zulu and English speaking Bible college. I went to a Zulu-speaking church (but my Zulu is still pretty poor!) I went to predominantly white, English schools in Hilton. I interned with iThemba Projects for about 6 months after high school. I then went to study English Literature and Sociology at Taylor University in Indiana. I then spent about 3 years in South Africa with my husband, working for a community development organization. Currently we’re back in the States, living in Texas while my husband gets his masters, I keep working on-line for iThemba and trying to figure out what it means to be a Texan!
Because I have grown up between so many different cultures, I’m very often frustrated with my identity–never feeling like I totally fit in anywhere. But slowly I am discovering that my true identity is as a child of God. And my role is not to pick one culture over the other. Instead, it’s to be a bridge–standing with a foot in both cultures and embracing the tension of being in-between.
I love South African tea, and American chocolate chips. I love the South African sun, and the snow of American Christmas’s. Mostly I love how God’s people are everywhere, no matter what continent or culture.
If you ever want to shoot me an email, I LOVE hearing from you! You can reach me at steph(dot)ebert17(at)gmail(dot)com. Drop me a line!