As thoughts of safety and security whirled through her mind, Jane* prepared for a business trip to Jordan. She determined to be cautious, use her best judgment, and try not to make any cultural blunders.
Before exiting the airport in Amman, she was welcomed by the immigration officer and the cashier where she exchanged dollars into dinars. Every interaction after that was the same. The taxi driver said “You are welcome here.” The shopkeeper said, “You are welcome,” as soon as she stepped across the threshold. The host in the dining room said “Welcome,” whether she was starting or finishing her meal. The hotel staff said “Welcome, madam,” even if she stepped outside for a moment of fresh air. And when she visited a local Seventh-day Adventist church, she was welcomed again and again.
By the time Jane returned home, she decided that “welcome” was one of the most beautiful words in the English language.
This February, please pray that the Middle East will be a welcoming place for new opportunities as Global Mission pioneers find practical ways to be involved in their communities.
*not her real name
In an area so rich with social and religious history, the number of Seventh-day Adventists in the Middle East has dwindled. To help expand mission work in the Holy Land, please support Fund 7310.
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