If you're from the West, chances are you've experienced the disappointment (or joy, depending on how you roll!) of opening someone else's biscuit tin to discover....... needle and thread!
Here in the UAE, mothers and grandmothers used Quality Street tins to store their burqas!
Same feeling, different expression
"God works in our lives intelligently, gradually, strategically. But we can't see the whole plan - it's too big and bright for our mortal gaze. And so we have to learn to simply travel along by his side - listening, obeying, trusting - carrying out one small piece of the plan at a time"
The Better Part
John Bartunek, LC, ThD
Never give without warmth and love - people are not charity cases, but human hearts
"I do not plead for returning calls, handshakes, chairs, dinners and teas as such.
I do on the other hand plead for all of them and more if they can be expressions of a friendly feeling, if these or anything else can be the outward proofs of a real willingness on the part of a foreigner to show that he is in the midst of the people to be to them not a lord and master but a brother and a friend
We ask for love.
Give us friends."
Bishop Azariah from India, 1910 Conference to missionaries in Edinburgh, Scotland