Elizabeth* and her husband, Zach, had given up hope. They had a good life in a middle-eastern city that’s been around since the Old Testament, but after several years of marriage and many doctors’ visits, they accepted that, short of a miracle, they wouldn’t have children. So Elizabeth set her sights on a different kind of hope. She would study for a masters’ degree from an American university. When she was accepted to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, they began making travel plans.
But three months before their scheduled departure date, Elizabeth’s doctor gave her another date: a due date!
The back of FBC Concord’s 18-passenger van was loaded down with framed prints, floor rugs, linens, kitchen utensils, pottery, even a small statue. On a rainy November afternoon, all the talking fogged up the windows, too, providing a great “whiteboard” for an Arabic lesson.
That’s what happens when six Arab women (and two children) join four American women for a trip to the Great Smokies Flea Market!
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