D. L. Mayfield documents her years in mission work to immigrant communities in her book Assimilate or Go Home. She hopes that many of the young women whom she encounters will take advantage of opportunities to further their education. Many choose marriage and motherhood early, as their cultures teach. A young woman to whom she is particularly attached is Hali. After meeting her husband, she begins to appreciate again that God is Hali’s protector, not Mayfield herself. “She’ll be okay, I think to myself. … And the God of the birds and bills and wedding cakes is watching with sharper eyes than mine” (D. L. Mayfield, Assimilate or Go Home [New York: HarperOne, 2016], 170). By loving these neighbors, she learns better how to trust God.
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