Take a Look Behind the Curtain with Lynn K. Gissing,
Author of A LIGHT IN AFRICA
About Lynn K. Gissing:
Q. What are
your previous occupations?
A. Social worker / Interpreter with the Deaf /
Q. What was your favorite job?
A. Praying &
fasting is my favorite job that I do to ensure the 259 children in our
full-time care at Light in Africa’s Children’s Homes and the hundreds of
vulnerable children we feed 5 days per week have all their needs met
Q. What Highschool and/or College did you attend?
A. General Education
Q. Who is your favorite author?
A. New Testament authors.
Q. Who is your favorite recording artist or song?
A. Don Moen and
Ron Kennoly with their worship songs.
Q. What is your favorite Movie
or TV Show?
A. The children & I repeatedly sit and enjoy watching Mr.
Bean movies, and Disney classics. Comedy and laughter plays a large part in our
lives, as we see so much of the opposite in the environment where we live.
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Q. What’s your guilty pleasure?
A. My guilty
pleasure would seem quite boring to some folks I’m sure, but I sneak off
whenever I possibly can and go into my two potting sheds and take cuttings, my
only problem is I have sneaked off on so many occasions, the staff and children
know where I am to be found, and haul me back to deal with ‘issues’
Q. Who is your greatest role model?
A. After Jesus Christ, it has to be
George Muller who saved thousands of children’s lives, Gladys Aylward who as a
young girl was called to serve as a missionary in China and also saved many
children’s lives, and Mahatnia Ghandi for his passivnes against strong
Q. How do you define success?
A. When I can see an
abandoned malnourished baby start to thrive and reach it’s milestones, or when I
visibly can see a child who has been living on the street come into Light in
Africa’s care and start to feel safe and start to trust adults again and then
blossom to become a high academic scholar
this is my definition of success.
Q. What is the secret to your
A. Loving and caring for the children that no other orphanage’s
will take because the baby or child has the HIV/AIDS virus or is physically or
mentally disabled. I never refuse to accept any child for if I did I could be
limiting the life expectancy of that child.
Q. If you could live
anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. I feel that I am in exactly
the right place where God want’s me to be at this moment in time.
What’s your kryptonite?
A. Have no idea Mark what your talking about.
Kryptonite I think is what Superman had,
I have no stones, no monetary gains, so this is not relevant to me if this is
what it means.
Q. What historical figure do you most relate to?
A. The man who stilled the water and showed as an example how to love
Q. What is your biggest regret?
A. That I
was called to serve the poor of Tanzania at a relatively mature age of 55 yrs,
and not when I was in say my 30’s I feel I could have achieved so much more if I
had had another twenty years of Light in Africa,
Q. What do you
consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
A. I have been blessed to
see the kid’s that I took off the street in 2000 are now in their 20’s and
studying for professional careers.
Q. What is your best advise to
people whom look up to you and your success?
A. I have found that some
people actually enjoy being what I call ‘armchair’ critics. They have lot’s to
say on how they would do thing’s differently, but actually won’t leave their
chairs to ‘do’ anything. Don’ listen to them. Don’t procrastinate, Listen to
that ‘inner voice’, that feeling deep inside which is advising and urging you to
do something special just go straight ahead and do it, it doesn’t matter if you
make a mistake, you have learnt a valuable lesson, but if you have listened to
those ‘armchair critics’ you would never have given it a shot.
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