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Hospitality: Being a good guest

Hospitality: Being a good guest

On one occasion I was visiting the family of one of the girls from the college hostels where I worked. They were a well-off family who owned their own hospital…

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Jesus Victory

Jesus Victory

In Saudi Arabia I was once the guest for dinner of a Christian Pakistani couple and their two small children. They had lived in Riyadh, the capital, for several years…

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Cleaning and purity

My first 'ah-ha' moment related to what purity means for my local friends in Indonesia was when a neighbour's child messed on the floor in my house. After the mother…

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Protecting the young

Fatima who continually worried about her newborn son being kept safe and healthy placed scissors next to him whenever he was sleeping. “Why do you do that, Fatima?” I asked.…

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Faith journeys

Khadija began to get to know a community of Jesus’ people just before her marriage broke down. It was this community who cared for her and provided for her when…

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Practices that can oppress

One day I had a sore arm, and everyone suggested massage, so I went for a walk according to the directions given and ended up in someone's lounge room along…

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Carrying her responsibilities

We say that a woman has forty souls’, said Gulzira with a smile, a young Kazakh shopkeeper at a big modern shopping centre who grew up in a village and…

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Learning to pray

It was hard to learn to pray. Before coming to Christ it was a set of words which I didn't understand and it was forbidden to translate it. I felt…

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Learning about shame

Several months ago a Muslim friend of mine came over to visit. As soon as she walked in the door I could tell that something was troubling her, but I…

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