Breaking Down Stereotypes

Since I have been back from World Warrior's we have not had a dryer. We let everything line dry. Just recently our wash machine broke so I was washing my clothes by hand. One of the girl's from Master's Commission was so shocked that I was handwashing my clothes. She said, "You are not like most girls from America, they don't wash their clothes by hand. You are different." That one little action of washing my clothes by hand broke down the stereotypes within her mind. It broke down the barriers between us. I feel as an American I have to prove myself to many people here. The simple action of hand washing my clothes proved to her that I was different which gave her something to have in common with me, if that makes any sense. This girl hardly ever spoke to me and as I was washing my clothes and she was waiting to wash hers, she starts asking me questions about my family and I ask questions about hers. She opens up and tells me some personal stuff. Times such as these makes my time here feel well worth it. Not that I ever feel that it is not worth being here but that I broke through to someone. Times like these remind me of Paul when he says we must become all things to all people. Do what it takes to break down the walls with those around you. That is what Jesus did. He got on their level.
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