Voluptuous and Husky in South Africa

Voluptuous and husky sound much better to me than the word “fat”. Don’t you think? By chart standards, Doug and I were classified as overweight when we left the states for South Africa a little over two years ago. By the comments of some since we have arrived back in the states on furlough, I think people expected us to be thinner.

We have been greeted with surprised looks followed by:
“You guys look great.”
“Boy, Africa looks good on you.”
It has taken a few weeks to catch on, but I have decided what people actually mean is:
“Thought you guys would be thinner than what you are.”
“Wow, you must be eating well over there.”
I’ve heard a few men make a comment to Doug on his expanded waistline. Thankfully, they are more respectful than to do that to me.
My friend said that they just don’t understand how we live.
They think we live in a hut eating rice and beans and wringing a chicken’s neck for supper. We would be thinner if I had to do that to eat!

Let me clarify things. We live in a large city with two malls, many grocery stores and restaurants. It is no different than living in a typical American city. We even have KFC and McDonald’s which also offers Super-size meals.
Food may not taste the same but we can pretty much get the same things that you can here. When we go into Mozambique and Zimbabwe, we take food with us.
I recently tweeted: Remember what was called the “Freshmen 15”? I think there should be something called the “Furlough 15.”
We have done nothing but eat since being here. Everyone wants to take us out or have us over for dinner. We love being able to spend time with friends and family in this way. So 10lbs. of what you see has been put on since our getting here three weeks ago. We are not proud of it and have started walking to try to keep the pounds at bay.
Seems like voluptuous and husky will be returning the same way to South Africa in October.

Be honest. What are your thoughts on overweight people in ministry? Do you have preconceived ideas that a missionary/pastor should be thin? Why do you feel that way?


4 thoughts on “Voluptuous and Husky in South Africa”

  1. Love it! I know what you mean, though. Croatian food is AWESOME. Being so close to Italy, we have a lot of Italian cuisine…but then there is the typical Balkan cuisine that is just as good. Apart from seafood, which I don't like, I haven't met a dish I don't like yet. 🙂

  2. Wonderful post! You have a beautiful spirit, which is a great inspiration. I don't think physical appearance or body shape matter to our Lord at all. May God continue to use you and your ministry to bring others to Him.

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  3. I am an interpreter and it means You look Great, period. Don't read into it any other meaning, it comes from those who love you and love to see you! So happy to have seen you both!

  4. It all depends where you are to a great degree and what the conditions you're in. You're in a large city more modern area so I wouldnt' expect you to be SKINNY ! 🙂 I don't know too many overweight missionaries, anyway. Neither of you are husky or fat, good grief, Charlie brown! 😉

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