When the world comes to us

I realized today that during a few days time we have enjoyed foods inspired from Colombia, Argentina, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Greece and Thailand. In most of those restaurants, there were folks from those countries actually working to serve or prepare those foods.

We are in ol’ southern Tallahassee, but things–they are a changing. When Kathy and I were first married, there was one Mexican restaurant in town and it was a chain. I can only remember one Chinese (Lucy Ho’s) though perhaps there were more.

Of course, the efforts of FSU and FAMU to recruit international students has helped. Technology, government and a better economy has had an influence. Migrant workers have moved up from South Florida looking to put down roots.

In a sense, we are becoming a city with a much stronger international influence than just a few years ago. I think it is fair to say that we are no longer an extension of South Georgia. And, I’m glad.

We have an opportunity to grow in understanding the world beyond our own, and hopefully we have a chance to influence the world with the Gospel. Most of us have little chance to get to visit all the countries I mentioned, but we may have opportunity to touch a life from one of those places. It is a blessing and opportunity Tallahassee did not afford a few years ago.

I hope you and I can take advantage of the global changes living in our city brings.

Read this (daily Bible reading):
Luke 21
29   Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they put out leaves you can see for yourselves and recognize that summer is already near. 31 In the same way, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

34   “Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly 35 like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37   During the day, He was teaching in the temple complex, but in the evening He would go out and spend the night on what is called the Mount of Olives. 38 Then all the people would come early in the morning to hear Him in the temple complex.

22:1   The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was drawing near. 2 The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death, because they were afraid of the people.

3   Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve. 4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police how he could hand Him over to them. 5 They were glad and agreed to give him silver. 6 So he accepted the offer and started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him to them when the crowd was not present.

7   Then the Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us, so we can eat it.”

9   “Where do You want us to prepare it?” they asked Him.

10   “Listen,” He said to them, “when you’ve entered the city, a man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters. 11 Tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished room upstairs. Make the preparations there.”

13   So they went and found it just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

One prayer to pray with the rest of us. 
Dear Lord, help me to be open to welcoming an international to our city, into my life and to exploring a relationship with You.

Today’s assignment, should you choose to accept it.
Go the extra mile when relating to an international whether it be through work, the neighborhood or in a restaurant or store.

 

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