David and Liza Cooke

One of the challenges of living and working cross-culturally happens to be one of the greatest joys too. There is just so much potential for miscommunication which can be dangerous or hilarious and sometimes even both together. We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve dissolved into helpless laughter in the course of our conversations with our colleague Rirei, or Rev as we often call him.

The other day he told us this story.

Quite a few years ago there was a European missionary working here in the interior. Part of his ministry involved preaching at Sunday services and he was very passionate about it. In fact he was so passionate that his heavily bearded face (the stereotypical missionary beard?) would quiver with the intensity of it all.
One Sunday he went to a new parish and was very touched by an old man, who wept profusely throughout his sermon…

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