Kindergarten Lessons I Learned in Africa gives an account of
the adventures of author Claudia Thomason while on mission trips in Africa. The
sights, smells, sounds and life lessons are detailed for readers in colorful
terms throughout this memoir, while each account is heavily grounded in
This collection of
missionary stories lights up both the imagination and the heart, as the author
recounts the children, the danger, the travel predicaments—and the escapades of some especially mischievous baboons. Relishing
how the heart of a loving God can sometimes be found in the most unexpected
times and places, Claudia Thomason’s autobiographical piece is one which
readers are sure to remember.
Claudia Thomason spent
her childhood in northern Ohio before moving to Arizona. She worked in the
criminal justice system as Division Chief of the local County Victim Witness
Program, then as Deputy Director of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office of
Victim Services. She served on the Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Council’s
Committee on Probation and also served two terms as Chair of the Arizona
Coalition for Victim Services.
An outspoken voice for
crime victims, she co-founded the County’s
Domestic Violence Task Force, a program reviewed and highly recommended by the
Institute for Law and Justice. Claudia received recognition from the United States
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs for outstanding dedication
and service on behalf of crime victims.
In 1999, exciting
opportunities arose to work with children in Africa. After her first trip, she realized
that they taught her more than she was ever able to teach them. Prompted to continue
her studies for ordination into the ministry, Claudia was ordained as a Pastor
in 2008. Claudia is currently a therapeutic foster parent and Director of the
School Sponsorship Division of Reaching Kids International.