Sunday, February 14

Cultural Boundaries

Working with students from all around the world brings many cultural hurdles that need to be jumped to ensure we communicate effectively with our kids. There are some things that seem to defy all cultural boundaries, however. Pizza is one of those things.
A sweet family in church opened their home for our annual pizza building fellowship last night. The wife makes some great homemade crusts and sauce. The students bring the toppings.
(Yes, those are sweaters we are wearing! It's cold here again.)
The preference for the top of the pizza differs from culture to culture, but even those who have no pizza in their country seem to have no problems getting into the swing of building a pizza.
The evening makes a great venue for everything from small talk, to things of the Word. We build relationships here along with our pizzas.
All of the students fell in love with the grandaughter (2 years old) of our host family as she talked so grown-up with them and helped us build our pizzas.
She had her own lump of dough to roll out by herself.
After placing it in her "deep dish" pan, she added sauce...
... and topped it with her own cultural preferences.
Children seem to be another one of those things that cross all cultural boundaries. She added much flare to our conversation as she helped us make pizza, and shared (and initiated) in our delightful conversations.
The students found another thing that seems to be common in all cultures - patting your head while you rub your tummy.
Yes, these are our Ph.D and undergrad students! 
Medical students, Chemistry majors, International Business Relations, and Elementary Teachers all find that  "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."  Prov. 17:22

Roses from your sweetheart are also known to touch a woman's heart - regardless of her culture!  :)
Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, love and laughter and food and children cross all cultural boundaries!


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