Though he was born in Minnesota, Jonathan Larson grew up in northeast India's Brahmaputra River Valley, surrounded by rice fields, bamboo groves, and tea gardens where Burma, Tibet, and India collide. He was the oldest of eight children and attended Woodstock School in the Himalayan foothills, where he was Daniel Terry's classmate and hiking buddy. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota in 1970, he and his childhood sweetheart, Mary Kay Burkhalter, volunteered to teach school in the Congo, where they had two daughters and first saw Africa's beauty, burdens, and promise.Following graduate studies, the family went to Africa in 1981 under the auspices of the Mennonites to Botswana, on the doo He served as a leadership trainer in African communities and churches, and was known for his mastery of Tswana language and culture. In those years, they welcomed their third daughter. Jonathan has been based in Atlanta since 1994, where he writes, mentors, and travels to conferences, campuses, and churches as a storyteller and world citizen.