Living cross culturally is always an experience. The language barrier alone presents a huge hurdle to effective communication. Even more than that are the unspoken rules we may or may not be aware of as we enter someone’s home during a home visit, for a survey, or for a party.
Through my time at the clinic and time spent in a community largely composed of immigrants, I’ve learned a lot about life in different countries and heard some incredible stories. Everyone has something different to say and a little different take on life. I’ve met people from all around the world and from diverse backgrounds, and varying experiences.
Despite all the obstacles, people are people. We all have the same basic struggles, we all have the same kinds of wants. It’s easy to assign someone who looks so different, doesn’t speak my language, and has such a different world view, to a different category. Really, we have plenty in common. We are all made in the image of God, we are all sinful, and we all need God’s grace. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with so many different people and to learn so much from them.