top,” “Yield,” and even “Deer Crossing” are signs we see every day on the road. But have you ever seen a “Beware of Monkeys” sign? Didn’t think so.
When I was young, my parents were missionaries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo is located in central Africa. Sadly, the Congo didn’t have a school I could attend so they sent me to small boarding school in Kenya called Maxwell Adventist Academy. It was an amazing school and was located about 30 minutes from town. There were wild gazelles running around on campus—there were birds of many colors and shapes, huge beetles and bugs, beautiful flowers and trees. The school had two dorms: a guys’ dorm with 50 boys, and a girls’ dorm with 50 girls, and they were all like family.
One afternoon I needed to go into town to buy some things. After receiving permission from my teachers, I got in to one of the vans that were scheduled to drive students into town, and took off on the narrow and dangerous roads of Kenya. I dozed as soon as the driver began driving. Before I knew it, I was fast asleep, with my legs sprawled out on the dashboard and my head leaning against the window. All of a sudden I was startled awake by loud screaming and continuous laughing.
I quickly opened my eyes and held on to anything I could find around me. The van had come to a complete stop, and as I rubbed my eyes and looked outside the window, I was faced with a scene I never would have imagined.
About 12 baboons decided to cross the road and caused all traffic to come to a standstill. The baboons were big and hairy, and their rears were bare and pink. They walked in the middle of the street, unaffected by the fact that they were holding up traffic. I was confused, and looked around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Never in the United States would I have imagined something like that to happen. Maybe some of you are used to seeing cows crossing the road near farmlands, but baboons? I started to chuckle and began to think of how amazing God is. He has created each of us so different, with each country in the world filled with different types of animals, food, and culture.
So the next time you visit a country that is not your home, think about how creative God is and how blessed we are, and appreciate that new place for all the amazing things it has to offer.
--Kati Britton was a marketing intern for the
Adventist Review and
Adventist World magazines this summer. She also loves to write for kids and we are very glad she shared this story with us!