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a girl named jifty.

April 11, 2012

The other day I got a friend request from some random African guy.

Since I had 36 mutual friends with him, I’m assuming someone met him through the World Race. I don’t think I know him myself, but I love his name.

Africans have the coolest names. Bible names and older names are really popular. We met boys named Emmy (Emanuel), Baraka (which means blessing, ring a bell?), and Godsblessing (no joke). We met girls named Faith, Naomi, Sharon, Nancy, but my favorite was the story of the girl named Jifty.

In Tanzania, the pastor from the church we worked with had two kids. The boy’s name was Baraka and the girl’s was Jifty. One day we were driving to church with Baraka, and he explained to us that often times Africans choose names with a lot of meaning and significance. He told us then that his name meant “blessing” in English. He told us that his sister’s African name was Zawadi, but that it meant “jifty” in English. We were all really confused, because jifty isn’t a word. The only thing I could think of was Jiffy peanut butter. Not the same thing. He kept trying to explain it. Finally he said, “You know, a jifty! Like, you give someone a jifty on their birthday.” And then it clicked. Gift. Her name was GIFT. And then I died laughing.

It’s those little things that I miss about being in Africa.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail HIldebrand permalink
    April 11, 2012 6:28 pm

    but not the food, right? You don’t really miss the food?

  2. April 12, 2012 4:26 am

    I’ve been really missing the starry nights. and that juice from tanz but then i wonder was it really that great? or was it good for africa?

  3. April 18, 2012 3:54 pm

    hahaha, this just made me laugh out loud. at work.

    thanks for the jifty of laughter:)

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