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GOING GLOCAL

Greta Zefo & Adrian Agachi

Through my travels, I have found that misunderstanding and prejudice fall apart when I live as the locals live. Before leaving home for Ecuador, I couldn’t imagine that this third world country had anything to offer me.

volcano CotopaxiAfter a month studying Spanish in Ecuador, I realized that people are people. We all love to eat, to tell stories, to enjoy family and friends, to laugh. Learning the language broke down my assumptions and my pride so that I could understand the culture. I discovered a rich heritage, a deep generosity, and a gorgeous landscape. I fell in love with the people. Later, I returned to Ecuador as part of a mission team because I was emotionally invested in the people and the culture. I wanted not only to dig ditches or build houses but also to build relationships.

Children in Quito Ecuador

 

Living abroad has taught me that people are all basically the same, that our differences should be cherished and celebrated, and that we are all one in Jesus Christ.

—Greta Zefo

 

 

“God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Acts 10:34b–35 (NIV)

REFLECT: We may have different faces, different customs, and different ideas, but we have one thing in common: our hearts. No matter how environment and culture shape us, in the face of tragedy or joy, all people have the same heart. Let’s welcome all people with the heart of God.

—Adrian Agachi

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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